The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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売る exact usage/meaning

I was reading a Japanese text, and came across this piece of dialogue : "なんで他人とケンカするの" "なんでって...売られるからだよ.売れられたケンカは買う.そんだけだ." But I really can't seem to understand what the second person is trying to ...
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What does “ 自分の胸に聞いて頂戴 ” mean? Not Literally

Not the literal meaning, I know its some sort of tsukkomi, but I can't quite figure out what it means. The best idea I've got is something along the lines of "give me back my concern" or something ...
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What does 尿が近い and 尿が遠い mean?

seeing 尿が遠い/尿が近い in some medical documents and sites, what does 遠い and 近い mean in this sense? Does it literally mean the urine is far(ranged)/urine is close (ranged)?
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頭がいい人 versus 頭が切れる人

I could not find the explanation of my following question in English. What are the main differences between 頭がいい人 and 頭が切れる人? It is still hard for me to understand the Japanese version given in this ...
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grammar of a sentence explaining a 四字熟語{よじじゅくご}

I read here the following explanation about 一朝{いっちょう}一夕{いっせき}, a 四字熟語{よじじゅくご} : 一日や半日{はんにち}、朝{あさ}から夕程度{ゆうていど}の、短{みじか}い期間{きかん}のこと I don't feel confident about the grammar in this sentence, ...
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If 鳥肉 is chicken meat, what is duck meat?

鳥 means bird or poultry. It's understandable that 鳥肉 would be chicken meat since chicken is the most popular "bird meat". But in this case where chicken has monopolized the meaning of bird, how would ...
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Meaning of 私がではない

Spoken as part of a monologue by an anime character (cutting out parts irrelevant for context): 私にとっても、それは不快な事実だった。私がではない。 あれほど冷酷な魔術師だった男が、敵を助けたという事実こそが不快だった。 Is it a fixed phrase? What does it ...
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Meaning of 間合いを外す

In the context of two opponents facing off each other. Does it mean reducing or increasing the distance between the two? Something else?
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The meaning of 司る

Context: Someone(アスタリスク) is about to have his ceremony to become a knight. 「それではアスタ、……アスタリスクの騎士叙任の儀を始めます。さあ、私の元へ」 「……はい」 「リッシュ・エデンが聖母イブの名の下に、この世に新たな騎士を遣わせる」 ...
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What's the meaning of this pastry pun?

I saw a sticker set being used on a popular social platform the other day that I found very interesting. They were pictures of food items, sweets mostly, and had words next to them that seemed to be ...
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Difference in usage/nuance between 厚生, 福祉, 福利 and 生活保護

厚生[こうせい] 福祉[ふくし] 福利[ふくり] 生活保護[せいかつほご] Translating "welfare" into Japanese seems a bit complicated. Could someone maybe provide for context the most typical phrases/chunks that use these words? I'm ...
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Why does 日本語{にほんご} mean Japanese?

Google translate says 日本語 means Japanese. It also says: 語 means "word" 本 means "this" 日 means "day" So how do you get "Japanese" out of these three kanji?
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What do つれて and いくと mean here?

ある日、アリババがロバをつれて森へいくと、たくさんの馬の足音が聞こえてきました。 Can anyone explain to me what つれて and いくと mean in this sentence, I'm having a hard time understanding.. Thanks
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Difference between 内側 and 中

I was wondering what the difference is between 内側 and 中 as I understand both mean "inside". However, there are situations when we can use one and not the other.
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Difference between 頼む and 聞く

Is there any difference between 頼む and 聞く? I've checked a few dictionaries, and it seems to me that maybe 頼む is more humble and 聞く more generic. Would that be it? Are they generally ...
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Meaning of グリッて

The character doesn't know how to ride a bike and tries to remember what his friend was doing when starting the vehicle. He then says to himself : たしかここんとこをグリッてまわしてたような…… I can't find any ...
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Parsing and making sense of this sentence with multiple が's

So I was signing up for an account at a website, and I came across this line: 写真があった方があなたがどんな人なのかわかるし、フレンドも作りやすくなります。 I have never come across a sentence with 3 が's in it, much less one with 3 ...
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What does 許しを乞い mean?

What does 許しを乞い mean? And especially what's the role of 乞い here? The full phrase is: まさか、また許しを乞いに参ったのではありますまいな!?
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What is the denotation of 方言?

I learnt that it means dialect. During a presentation at university, someone asked a question about whether my topic was possibly influenced by a misunderstanding of the word "hougen" i.e. that it ...
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What does orIF mean in the middle of this Japanese sentence?

I've seen some people in Japanese writing the emoticon "orlF". For example: というシチュであったかもしれないorlFのストーリーという感じです And I really want to know what it means... xDD. Please help~ ^^'
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What's the difference between 復帰, 復元 and 復旧

What's the difference between 復帰{ふっき}, 復元{ふくげん} and 復旧{ふっきゅう}? The both seem to mean restore. (I generally use these words in a computer context as in restoring files or settings. Related: ...
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Use of に in this sentence

たえ子が入っていったのはジュエリーの有名店である。高級店のたたずまいに怖じ気づきつつ、たえ子に続く。 (from the book おまえじゃなきゃだめなんだ.) I understand this sentence as The store Taeko entered was a famous jewelry store, and while she was ...
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The meaning of さすがにこれは同情する

Context before lines: やまだ (a delinquent) explains to his friends the unfortunate events that lead to him being hated throughout the school, and then they respond as so: A:  なんて悲劇よ やまだのくせに B:  ...
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The meaning of に in [切り出すに切り出せず]

I don't understand the meaning of に in this sentence: 切り出すに切り出せず、今日まできてしまいました Is 切り出すに切り出せず fashioned after some particular grammar? I can't really think of an interpretation that sounds ...
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Meaning of って followed by のが?

In the sentence 殺さずに生け捕るってのが面倒でしたがね is the って being used as quoting? Does this change the function of のが?
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The usage of “性【しょう】に合う合わない”

I came across this sentence: 今後の自分には、そういった社交術が必要なのだと頭ではわかっていても、性に合う合わないというのはあるものだ。 Whats the meaning of "性に合う合わない" here? Does it indicate uncertainty or something like that?
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Meaning of 持てない in 充電中は持てないほど暑くなるんだけど

Someone was talking about the properties of a charger But i don't understand the meaning of 持てない in: 充電中は持てないほど暑くなるんだけど
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Volitional + というのだった?

In the short story 「悪魔」by 星新一 , a man walks onto a frozen lake to go ice fishing, carves out a small hole in the ice, and throws in the line. But after throwing in the line, there's a 文型 I've never ...
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Meaning of おん after a name

I was talking with a Japanese girl by message and she asked me how to read my name, which is Andrea (Spanish female name). I told her it's アンドレア but that some friends call me あんちゃん because it's ...
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Difference between 確{たし}かに and 誠{まこと}に

What is the difference between 確かに and 誠に? I found that: 確かに means: certainly, indeed, surely, sure, definitely;誠に means: indeed, truly, really, surely.Looks like the meanings are almost the same. ...
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What does 「どっか」 mean?

In this clip at 19:50, it sounds like he is saying, "Nante na! Kore dokka no kiza na yatsu ga itteta serifu" ("This is just something a ____ pretentious guy said"). Is it indeed 「どっか」 ? What does that ...
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The scope of そういうこと

「凄いな 僕にはそこまで先のことを考える余裕はないよ」 「お前さんだって十分に凄い奴だよ。何の後ろ盾もなくここにいるってのは、そういうことだと思うがね」 「そうか。君にそう言ってもらえると僕ももっと頑張る気になるよ」 「ま、そういうことだから、お互いに頑張ろうぜ。今はともかく、いつかは決着を付けなくちゃならねぇんだからよ」 To what exactly does the そういうこと ...
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Does 青少年を外出させないように refer to to letting a youth out alone, or in any circumstances?

Over at Travel.SE, there's a bit of a debate on how to parse this piece of Tokyo legislation: (深夜外出の制限) 第十五条の四 ...
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What does 今日の所は良いでしょう mean here?

これも全て先生のおかげですね。感謝するんですよ? は、はい 本当に、感謝しています 突っ込むべき時に突っ込むべき場所にきちんと突っ込めない男はもてませんよ? まあ、今日の所は良いでしょう。皆にも伝えないといけませんからね。仲間たちにも順番に顔を出すように伝えて下さいませ In this I'm not sure what she would be referring to. Would ...
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When would と appear at the start of a sentence?

In the light novel that I'm reading, the narrator sometimes starts his narration with "と、" like the following example: 「ふん」 と、彼女は鼻を鳴らし、中学の制服であるワンピース型のセーラー服をひるがえす。 I've been curious about ...
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The meaning of それを昨日、今日、司教になったようなのが!

Context: This old man, one of the candidates to become the new pope, had one of his subordinates secretly check how the various churches had voted for who they want to be pope, and he noticed that the ...
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What is the phrase used as a label on the food container to convey “No sugar added”?

I am looking for a pure fruit juice without sugar added for daily consumption in Japan. The box only says 100% bla bla bla but I am not sure whether or not there is sugar added. So my question is: ...
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Difference between 帰って来る and 帰る

Consider the following two sentences: うちへ帰って来ます。 うちへ帰ります。 What's the difference between these two sentences? How does the bolded part affect the meaning?
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Understanding particle-ni when there is no verb

I'm trying to understand the lyrics of the song 細氷【さいひょう】. Here's the part of the lyrics I don't understand: さって行くあなたの背中に 「さよなら」 I see it as: "your leaving figure (back)" + "ni" + ...
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What's the differences between おかず and 食べ物

I'm confused about how to use two words おかず and 食べ物, which all defined "food" as I search. What's the differences about them? Really thank you if you give me some examples.
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The meaning of 「気が合わない人といっしょに生活するぐらいなら、このまま独身でいたい。」

I would like to clarify my understanding of the following sentence. 気【き】が合【あ】わない人【ひと】といっしょに生活【せいかつ】するぐらいなら、このまま独身【どくしん】でいたい。 I believe it means something along the lines of, "if I am going to be ...
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Could a verb or adjective in the past tense 〜た refer to something no longer true?

I found the following sentences on a website teaching people the order of using the 助動詞. 彼は人に笑われる。 彼を人に笑われさせる。 彼を人に笑われさせたい。 彼を人に笑われさせたくない。 彼を人に笑われさせたくなかった。 彼を人に笑われさせたくなかっただろう。 I ...
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Meaning of 半分間違っているんじゃないかなと思う部分があるから、アメリカチック,アメリカナイズされすぎているっていうか。

This is from a textbook, the person is trying to explain how his generation is different from his father's generation. He says that all his father did was work and save money. ...
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Meaning of 形 here?

I'm wondering what 形 and 形程度 mean in the following conversation. I know that 形 can be used quite figuratively but I never got a good feel for it. A: しかしリーダーといっても形程度のことだろう? B: 形で判断されることもあるでしょ?
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Meaning of ところ in アメリカのいいところ

I feel as though I understand what the below sentence means, but what I think it means makes no sense. 日本に行ったら、アメリカのいいところも発見できるかもしれないですね。 My translation: If you go to Japan, you might be able to ...
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Can とこに配属され be used for being assigned to a position?

I'd like to understand whether the とこに配属 within this dialogue (and in general) can be used in reference to assignment of a position such as proxy, instead of just assignent to a division. For ...
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Meaning of the phrase 「さわいどるんかの?」

Here is the full sentence. いったいなにをさわいどるんかの? What does the bolded part mean?
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When to use イギリス and 英国? [duplicate]

Does イギリス and 英国 mean the same thing? Looking at jisho it seems they do. I know 国 mean country and I think 英 means English. So together it means English Country I guess. イギリス is written in Katakana ...
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Meaning of onomatopoeia バン / ババン / バーン

Whilst reading Japanese manga, to assist me in learning, I frequently come across a few actions that I am completely unfamiliar with. (Section is circled in red): It even appears in fan art (this ...
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Meaning of うりこぼる or うりこぶる - EDIT : AUDIO ADDED

EDIT : Here is the extract. I heard the expression うりこぼる or (うりこぶる I'm not sure) in the anime 進撃の巨人 and can't find much info on it. It's from episode 4 around 10:30, just after マルコ's lines. The ...