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

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番組のタイトルに「踊る」、どういう意味を表していますか?

踊る大捜査線 踊る!さんま御殿 この2つのテレビ番組だけかもしれませんが、タイトルの最初の言葉として、また、意味的に一見つながっていないようにも思ってしまうこの「踊る」は何を表していますか?そのまま踊ることではないことは間違いなさそうです。 私の推測としては、さんまの番組の場合、賑やかさを意味していると思います。しかし、踊る大捜査線の場合は違う気がします。...
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The meaning of 石松 in 待ってください用心棒なら この石松が

I am looking for the meaning of 石松 in this context (待ってください用心棒なら この石松が) but I cannot find it anywhere. Also, this sentence is one that was interrupted, hence the abrupt "が".
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て form at end of phrase but not being used for requests

Sometimes I come upon phrases like this: 俺旅芸人の一座にいたんだけどそれがあの盗賊どもに襲われちゃってさー Where the て form is used at the end but not for a request. It doesn't seem to be one of those cases where the order of ...
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Meaning of 小動物系

Context: a man reads some online posts after accusing another man of being a pedofile. What is the meaning of 小動物系? Considering the context and the fact that images of young girls came out when I ...
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How should I understand 「会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。」?

会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。 This sentence was in a document describing a company's quality management. I have seen this kind of sentence many times and the 知識として理解する part always throws me off. "...
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Meaning of the phrase 表す通り

The context for this phrase is in a list of kanji spellings (kanji with hiragana), thus the definitions are not provided. Breaking the phrase into its components: 表す - to reveal, show, display 通り - ...
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二十歳を[頭]{かしら}に translation

This kanji 頭 what does it mean in this sentence? うちには二十歳を頭に、3人の男の子がいる。 I looked up the meaning of かしら and still don't understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Please help translate. Thanks
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Can anyone help identify this character 僮?

I found this character on a website and the only associated meaning was "child, servant." Can anyone elaborate on when it may be used and why?
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What is the speaker afraid of in this sentence?

えっと。。美琴ひどい人だなって思われるかもしれないけど、下手にかかわらない方がいいんじゃないかと、思ったり。。。 The context is that 美琴 is advising the listener not to approach another person (望) who is an acquintance with a bit of a bad attitude. 望 had ...
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指導に当たる meaning? To teach someone or to be taught by someone

I was reading a passage about the life of Hideyo Noguchi and found this phrase. The biography said 39ー51歳 黄熱病の研究のため、中・南米に渡り、アフリカにも行く。 現地の医師の指導に当たる。 My question is, does that mean that ...
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What is the meaning of “私はと比較して何もしないよ彼”?

Does "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" mean "I am nothing compared to him"? I've downloaded this manga wallpaper with the sentence "私はと比較して何もしないよ彼" written on it and "I am nothing compared to her (I changed it to ...
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Trying to figure out this sentence

こいつが小さい頃、遊園地で激し目なのばっか乗せて回ったからだ。 This part gives me trouble. What does 激し目 mean? What about なのばっか and 乗せて回る? Context: he's explaining why his son doesn't like planes.
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Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん?

Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん? The term means red. Is the term "red" specific? Can the term refer to baby animals as well?
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Nuance of Aに甘えてしまう, to spoil A or to depend on A

I have the following passage: S の…息子の時はあの子の自身の意志の固さもありましたが... 私もまだまだ未熟で…… 正直、あの子に甘えてしまって今に至ります その息子からも二人のことはよく考えて欲しいと その機会を与えるようにお願いすると 強く…言われまして Curetnly my translation ...
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Usage of 目黒 outside of 目黒区

I am wondering if 目黒 can be used as a noun outside of its usage as a district name. Examining each character, 目 eye, vision, sight, etc. 黒 black, guilt, etc. provides a couple of interesting ...
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Is かっこいい used to describe men and women?

Can かっこいい be used to describe men and women? I have usually seen the term used to reference men.
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What is difference between “終わったり” and “終わり”? I can't find “終わったり” in English Japanese dictionary [duplicate]

What is difference between "終わったり" and "終わり"? I can't find "終わったり" in English Japanese dictionary Whole context link:https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=69898837
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Difference between 満足 and 円満

I am confused about the usage of two words 満足 and 円満. According to dictionary 満足 is satisfaction and 円満 is perfection, peace, harmony and satisfaction. So I used it in a sentence : 今の収入で円満じゃありません。 ...
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「希望」の使い方・意味、類似表現

can anyone explain how do i use kibou in a sentence. I wrote this sentence in my assignment. 私は卒業したあと、やりたいと思う仕事を見つける事を希望しています。 My teacher corrected this sentence as 私は卒業したあと、やりたいと思う仕事を見つけたい。 I ...
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Meaning of ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした 。 [duplicate]

So I saw this one in one my books and was wondering how it gets translated into John slept five hours yesterday. ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした. Any kind of explanation is appreciated, my book maybe covers ...
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Meaning of お世話になる vis a vis place of work or place where someone is being trained

I am aware of the usual meanings of the お世話 in reference to someone helping, taking care of someone. But recently I ran into sentences where it was used to describe a place where someone is being ...
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Would a japanese person recognize this icon (fa-language) to represent translation or language change? [closed]

https://fontawesome.com/v4.7.0/icon/language https://fontawesome.com/icons/language?style=solid (Somewhat unrelated but what are those kanjis? I guess the lower one is 文? Is the upper one just a ...
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In terms of Japanese crime syndicates, what is the difference between 組 and 会?

As you can see in this one Wikipedia article, there is a long list of these syndicates. Not only that, but most of them have 組 or 会 as a suffix. According to Weblio, 組 has the meanings of “A company,...
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What is the meaning of “人の身である” and “人あらざる”?

私たちの悲願、奇跡に至ろうとする切望はどこからきたものなのか。私たちは何の為に、人の身であるままに、人あらざる地点に到達しようとしていたのか。 I'm having some problems with understanding not just the meaning of "人の身である" but the meaning of "人あらざる" too in the context ...
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What does 未鑑定の為、模写として出品致します mean?

The description says 未鑑定の為、模写として出品致します。 Does it mean the artwork being auctioned is not authentic and only a copy or does it mean because it is not identified the owner can not guarantee the ...
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What meaning does としよう have in this sentence? [duplicate]

邪魔な住民どもを排除するとしよう This is a sentence from episode 1 of "働く細胞", that's airing this season. What's the difference from just saying 排除しよう?
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Meaning of 人減 when used as a noun

In my studies, I've come across the noun 人減 used in the context of population. An example would be, 十一万人減. 減る means to diminish / decrease. Thus, I hypothesize the meaning of this noun is to ...
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What is the difference between 悩み and 疑問?

On the Q&A site OKWAVE, it says that its purpose to help people resolve their questions and/or problems, and it uses 悩み and 疑問. According to Weblio, 悩み has the meanings of “trouble(s), worry, ...
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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What does a Japanese person mean when they say 「熱い、熱い!」 in the following situation?

I was looking through an article of The Japan Times and the comments on it. There was this one comment that caught my attention. The commentator was talking about a popular sports club and gym in ...
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「が」 meaning “or”

I found this sentence in a game manual: 16回に1度、グリーンがブルーのかわりに出現。 Unfortunately I don’t understand why there is 「が」 used between the two color names. The sentence clearly means that this red candy ...
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Is there a っぱ suffix? If so, what does it mean?

I am trying to understand the lyrics to Matsumoto Bon Bon. Particularly the line in bold:  松本 ぼん ぼん  城のまち  山にみどりの 風吹けば  杉っぱ 青っぱ 青山さまが  堀のむこうから 町のつじ  どっこい じんじょ I tried to ...
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Which is preferred, 気が遠くなるほど or 気の遠くなるほど? [duplicate]

Considering the expression 気が遠くなるほど to describe something of a large scale or hard to conceive, is the variant 気の遠くなるほど also correct and is there any difference in meaning or nuance? Is there any sort ...
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What's the difference between these? [duplicate]

What's the difference between 体験 and 経験
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Is ねえ negative in this sentence?

オカダ1勝目バクステ「余裕の勝利。人間ってのはねぇ、余裕の時はこうやって、壁に手をついて立つんだよ The translation for this sentence is: After finally winning his first match オカダ (leaning his hand against the wall) says:"A man stands like ...
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Meaning of フリッカー and ニュル in the following sentence

Context: a boxer is having a hard time understanding the punches of his tall opponent. ノッポのリード… フリッカーでもねェのに この〝ニュル〟…… 読めねっ… Does フリッカー refer to フリッカージャブ? If so, could the first part of the ...
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What is the difference between 勝利 and 勝ち?

Both mean "victory" so I would like to know when is it more convenient to use 勝ち, and when shoud I use 勝利 ? Is one of them more polite ?
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What does てもいい mean? [duplicate]

I don't understand what もいい means in the following sentence: 鶏肉は炒めてもいいし、焼いたり、ローストしてもいい。 Any suggestions?
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The use of で in this sentence [duplicate]

3月1日は日曜日で祝日、晴れの日でした。 I translated this sentence as "On the 1st march it was a national holiday and a sunday, it was a clear day." However this translation seems bad to me. I'm confused about this ...
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「恨んでなどいません」についての文法

日本語 文法教材で見たこの文 「あなたには感謝こそすれ、恨んでなどいません」 の後半の意味と使い方がよくわかりません。 教科書によると、「恨んでなどいません」は I have no ill feelings と翻訳されます。 それは「恨んでいることなどがない」という意味ですか?ここの恨んでは名詞ですか?でも、そうではないと思います。名詞だったら、などありません になると推測します。 ...
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「○○は草」とはどういう意味でしょうか?

Abemaの麻雀チャンネルを見ていたら、人のコメントの一部または全部をコピーして、最後に「は草」を付けて送信する人がいました。 例えば、コメント欄がとても盛り上がっていた時に「コメント読みてえのに多すぎて読めねえんだよ だから各自で控えろ」というコメントがありました。 これに対して コメントを控えろは草 と送ってきました。 このようなことをいろんなコメントでずっと繰り返していました。...
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What does 「ニゴでした」mean?

I was reading an article at Tomojuku. Link At the very end of the article, it says, ではでは ニゴでした。 What does ニゴでした mean ? I searched online but I couldn't find anything about this.
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What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑

What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑? I know 微笑 means smile, but would 終末の translate to "The final", "The last" etc. Would you be able to say 最後 in 最後の微笑 and it would have the same meaning? Thank you
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What's the meaning of もの in this sentence?

てっきり、兄は腰を下ろすものだと思っていた。 I have no clue about what it could mean.
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Meaning of ってね in this context

While reading a light novel, I came upon this sentence. One man shook hands with another and then said. 「──[『革新』]{イノベート}せよ、幾瀬鳶雄。ってね。それに──兵藤一誠くんとヴァーリ・ルシファーも。悪の神どもの思惑を崩すために。そして、三十年後に訪れる絶対の絶望から生き残るために」...
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Meaning of よくやるよな

From a manga: two people are talking about a music video. Person A says that it's horrible (すさまじい), to which person B replies いやーよくやるよな So - does B agree or disagree with A's opinion? The いやー ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 骨

Context: in the last round of a match, a boxer realizes his opponent is just repeating the same combination over and over. I think 骨 in the following sentence has a metaphorical meaning, but I don't ...
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May I use 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes?

I want to say a clothes washing day. Am I correctly using 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes? I seem to also remember a term sentakubiyori/youri?
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Meaning of ということで this time?

I'm always bothered by ということで. What does it mean this time? Could it be a kind of "by" ("Are you going to kill me by accident too?") なぁに、姉さん。その銃は。 ……私も暴発ということで殺すの? By the way, since 暴発 is used as ...
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Help with meaning

I read in a manga this bubble: てめぇ一回だって自分の力一つで何とかできたことあったかよ?" One translation says: Have you ever handled something with your own power? The second translation says: You've managed to settle ...