Translators say:

あくまで means: doggedly、insistently、persistently、stubbornly、to the bitter end、to the end、to the last、to the utmost

一応 means: tentatively、for the time being、in outline、just in case、once、one time、so far as it goes

I couldn’t understand how to solve this puzzle

  • 'Translators says...' . Which translator(s)? If you're using a dictionary, is there another definition of あくまで that you didn't include? – BJCUAI Feb 17 '19 at 18:35
  • You provide 2 pieces from said puzzle. Have you tried to connect them? how? what was the result? – Mathieu Bouville Feb 17 '19 at 18:54
  • @user27280 if あく and まで separated; 開く (to open) 悪 (evil) 灰汁(scum,lye, harsh taste) 厭く (to tire, to loose interest) – Alyona Feb 17 '19 at 21:54
  • @MathieuBouville if I could connect them I wouldn’t ask for help – Alyona Feb 17 '19 at 21:55
  • Let me rephrase. Is there another definition of 「あくまで」(taken as a fixed expression) that you didn't include? ...also, no answer yet regarding first question... – BJCUAI Feb 17 '19 at 22:04

It's very hard to give a correct translation without any context, but あくまで一応ですけどね usually means something like "You know, this is just for making sure", "Well, I know this is not mandatory/critical", "I'm suggesting this merely as a backup, after all", "I don't have a strong opinion, though", etc., depending on what 一応 is actually referring to.

あくまで is a difficult expression, in this context it's closer to "just" and/or "after all". Basically it's emphasizing the meaning of 一応. See: Meaning of あくまで in あくまで私個人の意見です

  • Previous one was : 送受信を司るICカードを抜いて起動したのか機転が利くな – Alyona Feb 18 '19 at 9:12
  • @Alyona Still inconclusive to me, but maybe this 一応 can mean something like "It's merely a quick/tentative fix." – naruto Feb 18 '19 at 17:46

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