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ドジャースDOJAASUtoジャイアンツJAIANTSUga呉越同舟goetsudoushuudeやってきたyattekita The Dodgers and Giants, traditional rivals, arrived together.

しんちんたいしゃshinchintaisha Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • renewal; replacement; regeneration; rejuvenation - four character idiom


  • metabolism


  • male domination of women; male chauvinism; subjection of women - four character idiom

男尊女卑dansonjohinoどこdokogaいけikeないnainですdesuka What's wrong about men ruling over women?


noun / ~の noun:

  • semi-governmental; semi-official - four character idiom

noun / ~の noun:

  • flowery words; rhetorical flourishes - four character idiom

そんなにsonnani美辞麗句bijireikuwo並べられるnaraberarerutoかえってkaetteusoni聞こえるkikoeruyone When someone speaks with such rhetorical flourish, it starts to sound like they're lying.


noun / ~の noun:

  • impartiality; neutrality; independence - four character idiom
ゆうじゅうふだんyuujuufudan Inflection

noun / adjectival noun / ~の noun:

  • indecisiveness; shilly-shally; irresolution; vacillation; indecision - four character idiom

彼のkareno優柔不断yuujuufudanga将来shouraino災いwazawaino種をまいたtanewomaita His indecision sowed the seeds of future trouble.


noun / ~の noun:

  • blending of Japanese and Western styles - four character idiom

kareha和洋折衷wayousetchuunoieni住んでいるsundeiru He lives in a house built in a semi foreign style.

退いっしんいったいisshin'ittai Inflection

noun / ~する noun / ~の noun:

  • now advancing and now retreating; ebb and flow; seesawing; taking alternately favorable and unfavorable turns - four character idiom


  • necessary condition; requirement - four character idiom 十分条件

このkono仕事shigotohaわれわれwarewareno必要条件hitsuyoujoukenwo満たしていないmitashiteinai This work does not meet our requirements.



  • congeries of many households; scratch (combined) team; hodge podge of parties - four character idiom
だいどうだんけつdaidoudanketsu Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • merger; (presenting a) united front - four character idiom
きそうてんがいkisoutengai Inflection

adjectival noun / ~の noun / noun:

  • fantastic; bizarre; incredible; unbelievable - four character idiom

このkonoミステリーMISUTERIInoトリックTORIKKUha奇想天外kisoutengaida This mystery has a plot twist that's completely novel.



  • alliance (of the Six Kingdoms against the Qin dynasty, and of individual Kingdoms with the Qin dynasty) - four character idiom 合従連衡
  • (tactic of) making & breaking alliances (to benefit oneself as the occasion demands); resorting to alliances as a diplomatic expedient - four character idiom
ほんまつてんとうhonmatsutentou Inflection

noun / ~する noun / ~の noun:

  • failing to properly evaluate the (relative) importance (of); putting the cart before the horse; mistaking the cause for the end; mistaking the insignificant for the essential; getting one's priorities backwards - four character idiom

あなたanatano言っているitteiruことkotoha本末転倒honmatsutentoudato思わないomowanaiかいkai Don't you think you're putting the cart before the horse?



  • vocational school - four character idiom
あくせんくとうakusenkutou Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • hard fighting; hard struggle; fighting against heavy odds - four character idiom

トムTOMUhaもうmou時間jikanものmonokan眠りにつこうnemurinitsukouto悪戦苦闘akusenkutouしていますshiteimasu Poor Tom's been trying to get to sleep for three hours now.


noun / ~の noun:

  • telepathy; tacit understanding; thought transference; communion of mind with mind - four character idiom


  • non-verbal Zen Buddhist transmission to a disciple of the central tenets of Buddhism - four character idiom - Buddhism term

kareとはtohaツーと言えばカーTSUUtoiebaKAAnonakadayo以心伝心ishindenshinnonakatoでもdemo言ってitteおこうokou He and I have a near-telepathic understanding of each other. No sooner does one of us say something than the other is already responding.

いきけんこうikikenkouold Inflection

adjectival noun / ~たる adjective / ~と adverb:

  • in high spirits; elated - four character idiom

来年rainenこそkosoha一部ichibu上場joujoudato社長shachouha意気軒高ikikenkouda You could see the elation in the president's face when he announced that our shares are going to be listed on the First Section of the TSE next year.

いきしょうちんikishouchin Inflection

noun / ~する noun / ~の noun:

  • depressed in spirits; dispirited; disheartened; rejection - four character idiom

君のkiminoinuha本当にhontouni意気消沈ikishouchinしているshiteirunoだろうdarou Your dog may be really depressed.

いきとうごうikitougou Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • hit it off with (a person); find a kindred spirit in (a person); sympathy; mutual understanding - four character idiom

ボブBOBUとはtohaすっかりsukkari意気投合ikitougouしたshita I found a kindred spirit in Bob.


noun / ~の noun:

  • critical (touch and go) situation; explosive situation - four character idiom

先ほどsakihodono彼らのkareranoやり取りyaritoriにはnihaひやひやhiyahiyaしたshitayoまさにmasani一触即発isshokusokuhatsuno危機kikiだったdattane I was really nervous to see how they dealt with each other just now. I guess things were touch-and-go between them.



  • being one in body and soul; of one flesh; two hearts beating as one - four character idiom
いっしんふらんisshinfuran Inflection

adjectival noun / noun:

  • wholeheartedly; with heart and soul; intently; with undivided attention; with intense concentration; single-mindedly - four character idiom


  • in a day; in a brief space of time - four character idiom

英語eigoというのはtoiunoha一朝一夕itchouissekiniマスターMASUTAAできるdekiruものmonoではないdehanai English cannot be mastered overnight.

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