I came across a sentence that said:


but I don't understand what he means by saying "死に物狂い", an environment where he can struggle to the death or to make him desperate?

  • From dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/99511/meaning/m0u 死ぬことも恐れないでがんばること – Ringil Mar 19 '19 at 20:35
  • I'm afraid i still don't understand – Lernie Mar 19 '19 at 21:09
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    What is the context? What is happening before the sentence 「死に物狂いになれる環境が相応しい」is mentioned? Judging by the sentence alone, we can only guess for an accurate meaning. For example, I can imagine a general and his men. The sentence can mean a situation (環境 can mean "situation" depending on context) where the general is deliberately creating a desperate situation to force his men to become stronger fighters if they wish to survive. – DXV Mar 20 '19 at 2:13

I am a native speaker of Japanese but not of English. So my English may not be natural but I hope to be helpful.

Your understanding is right.

死に物狂いになれる環境=an enviorment where he can struggle to the death or to make him desperate

As a side note, 死に物狂い's definition is 死ぬことも恐れないでがんばること。(=to work hard even not being afraid of death even if you can die)(quoted from goo Japanese-to-Japanese dictionary)

e.g. 彼は死に物狂いになって戦った。(= He fought, not being afraid of death)

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    彼は死に物狂いになって戦った He fought, not being afraid of death <-- "fought like hell" とか "fought desperately" とかのほうが近いような気が... – Chocolate Apr 1 '19 at 12:55

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