下心がある (Shita gokoro ga aru)
Literally: To have something up your sleeve.
Meaning: Having a secret desire to do something, cloaked intentions.
悪妻は百年の不作。 (Akusai wa hyaku-nen no fusaku)
Literally: A bad wife spells a hundred years of bad harvest.
Meaning: A bad wife is the ruin of her husband.
甘く見る (Amaku miru)
Literally: To think little of something or someone, not to take seriously.
Meaning: To underestimate a persons ability or the seriousness of (x).
ほらを吹く (Hora o fuku)
Literally: To blow a conch shell.
Meaning: To talk big, to exaggerate, brag, talk highly of one's self.
見栄を張る (Mie o haru)
Literally: To be seen, visible and assume a posture.
Meaning: A show off, just for appearances' sake, put up a good front.
白を切る (Shira o kiru)
Liteally: To cut out Innocence.
Meaning: To play innocent, feign ignorance, pretend to be unaware of .
Literally: Aprons worn by servants.
Meaning: To be a beginner, a new hand, to be green or inexperienced.
棚に上げる (Tana ni ageru)
Literally: To put something away on a shelf and not use it.
Meaning: To not acknowledge one's faults, to intentionally ignore them.
虫が良い (Mushi ga ii)
Literally: Worms / insects in heart.
Meaning: Taking a lot for granted, to consider only one's own wants.
ぴんからきりまで (Pin kara kiri made)
Literally: The first or best to the last or worst.
Meaning: Covering a wide range of something, the whole gamut .
後の祭り (Ato no matsuri)
Literally: After the festival or missing the festival.
Meaning: It's too late for something, a matter after the fact.
赤字になる (Akaji ni naru)
Literally: To be in the red, or be unprofitable.
Meaning: When expenses exceed earnings or revenue.
話が煮詰まる (Hanashi ga nitsumaru)
Literally: Boil down talk.
Meaning: Narrow down talks, talks winding down, reach a conclusion.
一石二鳥 (killing two birds with one stone)
Literally: Two birds. One stone.
Meaning: Two obtain two objectives in a single action.
火の車 (Hi no kuruma)
Literally: Fire car. Vehicle that takes you to hell.
Meaning: Hardship because of no money, hard up for money.
元も子もない (Moto mo ko mo nai)
Literally: lose both capital and interest.
Meaning: To have (x) wasted, a total loss of time or effort put into (x).
けりをつける (Keri o tsukeru)
Literally: To settle a matter or some affair.
Meaning: To bring matters to a close, or to wind things up or conclude.
Literally: A person that is much in demand.
Meaning: A person or thing that is in high demand or is sought after.
暇をつぶす (Hima o tsubusu)
Literally: Smashing free time.
Meaning: To kill time, to waste time, to fill up your time with something.
匙を投げる (Saji o nageru)
Literally: Throw away spoon.
Meaning: To give up in despair, to lose all hope of succeeding on (x).
物は試し (Mono wa tameshi)
Liteally: Try something.
Meaning: To give something a shot, to try something out, take a look at.
羽根を伸ばす (Hane o nobasu)
Literally: Spread wings.
Meaning: To kick up one's heals, to unwind and relax, take it easy.
愚痴をこぼす (Guchi o kobosu)
Literally: Witless, foolish spill from mouth.
Meaning: Grumble, complain without resolution, gripe and criticize.
極楽とんぼ (Gokuraku tonbo)
Literally: Dragonfly free of worry.
Meaning: Easy going person, happy-go-lucky, worry free person.
Literally: 50 paces and 100 paces.
Meaning: Makes no difference, six of one half dozen of the other.
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