# What does the idiom 体が余る mean?

I found a list of Japanese idioms (without translations) that I wanted to study, so I sat down and looked up the meanings. Most of them I found in my trusty denshi jishyo, and a couple of them I had to resort to some internet resources (goo, Google Translate etc.), but I couldn't find the meaning of 体が余る anywhere. (Full disclosure: I found a couple of typos on the list, this one was listed as 体に余る, but Google points at it using が instead.)

A direct translation would be something like "A surplus of body"...perhaps it means overweight?

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I know「身に余る」but I don't think I've ever heard 体に余る or 体が余る・・・ –  Choko Feb 20 '12 at 14:16
Do you have a source (document or link,) for that list of Japanese idioms you found? –  summea Mar 1 '12 at 23:43
@summea I found it in this forum here: jlptstudy.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=252 It's supposedly a list of idioms that where used on the ikkyuu jlpt, but A: That's outdated and they use the N system now, and B: There are no more "official lists" :) I still thought it was a good list to know so I'm learning them (or trying to) >^.^< –  silvermaple Mar 2 '12 at 3:34

I had never heard this idiom, but as you said, some people use it on the web. I suspect that it is dialectal. This post is not really an answer, but here I would like to list some usages on the web. It seems to me that there are several different usages.

### Person is too tall for something, or body is not fully utilized

http://hoshikaze1.blog56.fc2.com/blog-entry-153.html

http://homepage1.nifty.com/tamotu/review/2011.11-2.htm

### To feel that body is excessive

(I cannot get hold of this meaning.)

http://www.jcc-mib.com/knowledge/19/1132554221.html

(The same text also contains “体をもて余したようなかんじになり、疲れているのに寝付くのに少し時間がかかるということです.”)

### To get bored

http://melma.com/backnumber_29580_57704/

http://mysnappy.exblog.jp/8147526/

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