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I remember hearing this idiom which meant someone was so lowly, they were not even considered a person. I don't know the source, but remember it was referred to as a 'common Japanese idiom'.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it or its origin online. Is this not really an idiom? What is its source?

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There seems to be many tweets describing similar scenarios. Some are simply narrating what actually happened to and embarrassed them. Many others seem to be parodies of a tweet posted in 2012. I personally do not take it as a well-established idiom. –  Noir May 18 '14 at 7:19
That might be the case. I'm pretty sure I saw it on TV. Might have been some Japanese drama. I distinctly remember someone being told that and later standing in front of automatic doors which did not open for him since he was such a pathetic person. –  Omer van Kloeten May 18 '14 at 7:38
Some people say it but I would not call it an idiom. cache.yahoofs.jp/search/… –  l'électeur May 18 '14 at 9:28

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