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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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Question about 「並の上」

I am not really sure if I understood the following sentence correctly: 「しかも攻撃パワーは並の上といったところ!」 The pattern in bold is what makes me struggle here. I found this explanation of the last part of the ...
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Meaning of 譲る in 譲りきれない思い出

This is a part from a song text by Aimyon: 忘れられないものなどなくて 譲りきれない思い出ばかりで いい加減に諦めなさいなんて 簡単に言わないで So far I understand that きれない is used to modify the verb in front (here 譲る) so that the ...
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how to ask which size drink they want? [closed]

I was asking my friend but she was giving so many confusing answer. I wonder if I can get any help here. I want to ask my customer "what size of coffee you like to have?, Small, medium, or Large?" ...
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Meaning of 見て取れぬでもない and 揃って

I'm trying to understand the grammar behind this sentences: 親子関係に見て取れぬでもないその二人は、トーマス井口が店の中に入ってきた途端に揃ってガッと目を剥き、信来の客の容貌をしげしげと観察し出した I think I got the gist of it: The two people inside the store ...
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The meaning of 吸口 in this context

The situation (story from Edo period, but in contemporary Japanese, at most stylised on old language): three thieves A, B, and C working in a group. Pickpocket A is caught in a crowd, B disappears ...
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What does イケメン mean?

I am in a Japanese 101 class. We are supposed to translate the following sentence: 日本ぶんかの先生は、イケメンですが、ぜんぜんやさしくないですから、あまり好きじゃありません。 I am having trouble with that word イケメン. So far, I have: The ...
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What does 「選挙を追った」 mean here?

選挙カーも走らない静かな選挙戦だったが、投票率は何と89・41%。 飛び地の村の不思議な選挙を追った。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/premium/news/191209/prm1912090002-n1.html An enclave town with a quiet election campaign without any cars ...
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How would one translate or understand the word 死鬼 in English?

I'm reading a fictional book which deals with Japanese mythical/fantasy themes. One chapter describes dead people being resurrected through a complex operation in which their bodies were reworked and ...
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Audio translation help!

Hullo! I'm watching a new anime with some friends for the first time and we found some post episode web commentary online and we're trying to understand a joke but we can't quite get what it's about. ...
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How to understand 委ねる in this line

I'm failing to understand what it means for the 戦い to 委ねる in the below sentence. Is there anyone who could clarify what it means in this case? この戦いは国の勝ち負けだけじゃなく一人一人がどちらを選ぶのか委ねている Additional ...
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Can 決めてない mean “crazy”?

Context: after the commander of a platoon (小隊長) says some apparently incomprehensible things, one of the soldiers whispers to another: こいつ、なんか決{き}めてないか? What is the meaning of 決めてない here? ...
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What's the meaning of ともすると and かとも in this sentence?

I would like to understand the meaning and usage of those two sets of particles in here. 左の腋窩と右の脇腹に箆深く射された矢がなかったなら、 それはともすると羅馬の競技者が、 薄暮の庭樹に凭って疲れを休めている姿かとも見えた。 ともすると: I've read it works as an ...
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What are「熄み」's etymology and meaning

「熄み」appears in a song「インフェルノ」 照らすは闇 僕らは歩き慣れてきた日々も淘汰 夢は安泰な暮らしだが 刺激不足故にタラタラ 照らすは熄み 僕らの歩き慣れていた道はどこだ 時はたまに癪だが 温もりに包まれ只 It is pronounced やみ in the song, the same as 闇. I have never seen this word ...
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“The eye (crust ?) laughs at the booger”?

What does this phrase mean? 目{め}くそ鼻{くそ}くそを笑{わら}うだよね。 Is it some sort of idiom? Does it have a parallel in English?
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Help identifying blurry kanji [closed]

I am currently trying to learning Japanese by reading manga. So far so good, but this kanji is too blurry for me to figure out. Anyone know what this could be? I'm 98% sure the first character means '...
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Figuring out what 「言わないまでも」means in this sentence

「犯人とはいわないまでも何があったのか尋問できるのはお姉ちゃんだけだ!」 Does this pattern have the same meaning as the one explained here: とまではいかないまでも meaning? I think it is different from the explanation linkend above. The linked ...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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Can もうbe used to express frustration?

Can もうbe used in instances where a person may be frustrated? I heard the term uttered by itself only, but it seemed like the person may have been a little upset. I'm not sure of a specific meaning. ...
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Meaning of どうすんだよ

example: "どうすんだよこの空気をよぉ!?" Is it "What are you doing with this mood?!"? I can't make sense of it. The line is from a manga.
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What is the difference between 技能 and 技術 in terms of 業務内容

I have a form for a medical check-up that asks what category best describes the 業務内容 of your occupation. One of the choices is 技術・研究 and another is 生産・技能. A monolingual dictionary is of no help ...
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What is the difference between 刹那主義 and 快楽主義?

The dictionary says that 刹那主義 means "principle of living only for the moment" and 快楽主義 means "hedonism/epicureanism", but I also found entries that say epicureanism for the former. I don't think they ...
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How is 口 used here?

祖父はシベリアからの引き揚げを経験した口だ。My grandfather was one of the people who were repatriated from Siberia. I couldn't find any dictionary entries that would fit 口 in this context. What does it mean here exactly?
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鋭い牙が meaning in human nature

落ち着いて見えても、鋭い牙が内包されていることに変わりはない。 It was a sentence in a light novel (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ) that I've been reading, and I have an impression that it should be some kind of idiomatic words. 鋭い (from Jisho....
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Question about ほど in this sentence

I wasn't able to find any explanation of 「ほど」 in these constructions... 「そんなテメーに盾突かれるほど頭に来る事はない」 In any case I would like to ask whether I am getting the general meaning right. Besides that I ...
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Making sense of 「出てったって待ってて」

I'm reading Murakami Haruki's ノルウェイの森 and, although I've come across many sentences I haven't been able to grasp too clearly, I recently came across one that was also funny to pronounce. Can anyone ...
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on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound?

Are there examples of kanji compounds that have recognised on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound? Does the meaning vary depending on which reading is chosen?
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What is the meaning of おちょくっとる? [duplicate]

This sentence here: "なっ… お前おちょくっとるのか!? I didn't understand おちょくっとる, is it a form of the verb おちょくる? What is the meaning in this sentence? Thanks.
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Meaning of "煩悩は使えば使うほど増えていく”

What does 煩悩は使えば使うほど増えていく mean? My understanding is "The more we give in to our earthly desires, the more they increase." However, I'm confused by the use of the verb 使う. Does anyone have any ...
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Does わかる carry more implication of assent or agreement than the English equivalents?

The dictionary definition of わかる is usually "to understand" or "to know." But in everyday life it's sometimes used by service staff in some of the same situations as the more formal かしこまる, e.g. "to ...
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思いついた plural or singular?

It's not the full sentence but i heard this : 方法を思いついた And i was wondering if it means that the person came up with a method alone or it could be a few people who have
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Difference between かおり and におい

In a TV show I am watching (孤独のグルメ, perhaps many of you have heard of it) the gentleman is about to drink some coffee but pauses to savour the aroma. He says いい かおり だ Which I translate as "good ...
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Meaning and origin of 「退がる」

I was reading a manga and a character said: 今宵はここまでだ 下がって良いぞ After they noticed that the person they were talking to didn't move, they said: おい 余は退がれと 言ったのだ That's why I'm guessing 退がる ...
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What is the point of 一名 in this sentence?

(Taken from ジョジョ6部) 「女性受刑者が一名頭部を砕かれ変死をとげたというのに…」 I don't really get the point behind 「一名」in this sentence. My guess is that the sentence (badly) translates to something like: "And although one/a ...
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What does 耳 mean in these contexts?

What does 耳 stand for in these sentences? “ パン耳どしてますか” From what I know this means “do you have any bread?” I wanted to use it in another way, just to see if it would form a similar sentence ...
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: 「でも うちで売{う}ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら。」 For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem ...
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相乗りの意味はなんですか。「商品相乗り」「相乗りしたショップ」はなんですか?

相乗りの意味はなんですか? 「商品相乗り」、「相乗りしたショップ」とはなんですか?
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What is 上がり refering to in this sentence?

I came across the following paragraph in a book. 一日の始まりは、まず基礎{きそ}体力の鍛錬{たんれん}。腹筋、屈伸{くっしん}、腕立{うでた}て伏{ふ}せ。お定まりの筋力トレーニングを、呼吸が上がり床{ゆか}に這{は}いつくばるまで 繰{く}り返す。 Is 上がり being used as a noun plus noun ...
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What does ゴン part in イノゴン mean?

I know what イノ is from イノシシ (wild boar), and I thought maybe ゴン is onomatopoeia for slam sound. Am I right or it's something else?
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“No, your taste is (not) good”

I am currently reading the "よつばと!" ("Yotsuba&!") manga, and in the first story (vol 1 page 13) there is an exchange about going to buy greeting gifts (for moving into the neighborhood): よつばの父: ...
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屁の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった

In a short story I'm reading I found this sentence: 人間が死ぬときには多いに泣き騒ぐのに、生まれてきたときには、屁{へ}の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった This is the given translation: The humans cry and generally make a tremendous fuss ...
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Nuances and context of linking without 〜て / dropped 「て」in linked constructions

(Taken from ジョジョの奇妙な冒険6部: When Jotaro talks to Jolyne about who got her into prison.../ for those who do not know the series: The persons speaking to each other are father and daughter but have a ...
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Understanding めちゃくちゃ and 内容 in this sentence

I saw this sentence on twitter and kind of cannot wrap my head around its meaning... 「男性陣の内容ないのにめちゃくちゃ盛り上がれるの憧れる」 I suppose that 「男性陣」 refers to the males of a certain group; however in connection ...
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「戦って勝たなくたっていい..」 [duplicate]

In this YouTube video from an anime 暗殺教室 渚 殺気② t=44s what I hear the character is saying is the following: 戦{たたか}って勝{か}たなくたっていい、殺{ころ}せば勝{か}ちなんだ。 I don't understand where the part in bold comes ...
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What are the differences between うちに、間に、同時に, ながら & ついでに

These all generally mean whilst & during but I still (after ages of trying) make mistakes on where to use which one. For anyone who knows the ins-and-outs of these grammar points, please explain ...
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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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I can’t understand the “の” in the sentence,is this mean the huge man is more bigger or powerful than the universe?

l can’t understand the “の” in the sentence,is this mean the huge man is more bigger or powerful than the universe? why is the の will be here? Thankyou!
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How to translate わからない in the following sentence

Context: a boxer named Yanagi is fighting against an opponent named Hyodo. Although Hyodo is really young, he is considered a very talented boxer and is often called genius (天才). Yanagi is thinking ...
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Disambiguation of 大抵

I am having problems with when to understand 大抵 as: a) 事柄のあらまし。だいたいのようす。また、全体のうちの大部分。おおよそ。おおかた。(https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/大抵/#jn-133918) (or as defined in Apple's dictionary) 全体の中の大部分のもの。...
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What does 「夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れる」 mean?

It's part of the lyrics of a song. The actual line is: どれほど夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れている? I checked the definitions of 触れる as an intransitive verb on Weblio and came to the conclusion that this is most likely ...
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Mysterious も in この郊外も地下鉄が来て不便ではなくなった

When casually browsing through A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, one of the example sentences for 〜なくなる has left me puzzled. この郊外{こうがい}も地下鉄{ちかてつ}が来{き}て不便{ふべん}ではなくなった。 This suburban area ...