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Japanese Idioms





The Japanese language is filled with idioms of all sorts, from classical references from ancient Chinese to modern colloquialisms used by college students and young salaryman. Whether you are traveling to Japan for fun or on business, or are living there, you'll find idioms indispensible to understanding and using the daily language. Browse below to find the ones you want or simply explore the many possible ways to express yourself in Japanese.



役に立つ
[やくにたつ, yaku ni tatsu] be useful; be fit for

疫病神
[やくびょうがみ, yakubyougami] pest; odious person (lit.: pestilence god)

矢先に
[やさきに, yasaki ni] just as

八つ当たりする
[やつあたりする, yatsu-atari suru] vent one's anger at everyone around

やぶ蛇を出すな
[やぶへびをだすな, yabu-hebi o dasu na] don’t drive a snake from a bamboo grove; let sleeping dogs lie


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