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I'm a bit stumbled on the meaning of で踏めるな here.

So the character sister's gets home and she's shocked her brother brought a friend. Then the brother introduces the friend and the sister goes "nice to meet you, is the curry good?" and they answer "we still haven't eaten yet"

After that the mother adds

"で踏めるな" The part before the で are the protagonist and the brother's names.

to which the sister replies


The protagonist too seems to be confused to I guess it may be a weird meaning?

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    – Flaw
    Commented Dec 16, 2023 at 8:59
  • Is this from a published manga? If so, what is the title? Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 11:59
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    @YusukeMatsubara 画像検索すると出ますがこれです。唐突に言われて意味が分からず困惑する表現だということ自体が「文脈」ですね…。
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 3:27

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It's almost certainly a peculiar way of saying 韻を踏む (adachi-atami).

You can make a rhyme with Atami and Adachi.

This phrase is usually not contracted to 踏む, but a certain type of people (e.g., a musician) might just say 踏む as jargon.

  • Oh that would make sense. And I see the な is not imperative then. What do you make of でどうする  then here?
    – Kawase_K
    Commented Dec 14, 2023 at 23:35
  • @Kawase_K ~てどうする is a way of saying "So what?" or "What for?". BTW do you know her job? Is she an artist or something?
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 14, 2023 at 23:43
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    I don't think it's ever said at this point. And after that it's not cleared up (as far as this chapter goes)
    – Kawase_K
    Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 12:41

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