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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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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 ...
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The exquisite depths of 和菓子's mind

Consider the following quote from this article: 和菓子は季節とともに変化するもの。パッと見て何を模したかわかる形もあれば、どんな意味が込められているのか考えるものもあり……。 As I understand it, the last clause is supposed to mean "there are ones (ie. certain ...
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What is the meaning of this な?

少なくともあなた自身は 見たら抜かずにはいられないほど嫌い、な様ではないようですし So , what does this な in {な様} mean ?
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Sexual joke/pun with メスブタ and オスブタ

Context: a boxer has a lot of female fans that worship him because of his handsomeness. They call him 王子. His trainer is a pervert who likes to receive anal sex from women with sex toys. In an extra ...
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Metaphorical meaning of ゴミの分別

Context: Riku is a young boxer in Baba's gym. Yanagi, an older boxer, used to be in Baba's gym too in the past, but he moved to another gym because he was not satisfied with Baba's methods. The two, ...
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What does the に in でしょうに mean?

Recently I was talking to a friend and the topic of credit cards came up. I asked my friend (xx) if they had a credit card: ところで、xxはクレジットカードを持ってる? and got the following response: そりゃあ持っているでしょうに。...
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Offensive/negative meaning of 雑草

Context: a boxer called Hyodo is going to fight against an opponent called Yanagi, whose nickname is Sniper. A friend of Hyodo tells him not to worry and then says this: ...
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What is the meaning of 奥手 here?

Ok ,so this is frome a mange where two couple have been dating for a while but did not hold hand,yet . 奥手すぎて手も繋げていない So what does {奥手すぎて} means ? I tried to look it up but did not found any thing ...
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Help understanding this sentence about why some shrines remove their bells at busy times e.g. 正月

The character is explaining why some shrines remove their bell at times where many people gather at the shrine e.g. 正月. However I do not understand what he is saying. 大人数で引っ張ると、落としちゃうやつとか出てきて危ないからな ...
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What's the meaning of もの in this sentence?

てっきり、兄{あに}は腰{こし}を下{お}ろすものだと思{おも}っていた。 I have no clue about what it could mean.
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Usage (correctness) of だと after verbs

I've noticed だと showing up after verbs for a while now in various forms of media, such as blogs, anime, regular TV shows & also when speaking to Japanese people. However, I was originally told ...
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The redundance of 経緯

The following is from this article. 関電は日本の原子力事業の旗振り役となってきた経緯があり、この問題がもたらす影響は計り知れない。 I am not sure what value となってきた経緯があり brings to this sentence. Is it simply a more formal or poetic alternative ...
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What is the meaning of のだと in this context?

これが学習者にとっては妙なのだと気付くには慣れが必要かもしれませんが What does のだとmean here ?
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What is the meaning of うなじや in the following passage?

雪乃の汗で濡れ光っている白いうなじや、上衣の合わせ目から覗くほっそりとした鎖骨は、清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 what does うなじや mean here ? 清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 Also what does 裏腹に refer to in this context?
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What is the meaning of 出るべきところ here?

首から下に目を向ければ、すらりと伸びきった四肢や、引き締まっていながらも胸や腰など出るべきところはきちんと出ているメリハリの利いたグラマラスボディ。 What does 出るべきところ mean here ? Also what does メリハリの利いたグラマラスボディmodify here?
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「報告書」と「日報」の違いは何?

I have been working in Japanese office since 2 months. And my boss ask me for report(報告) of what I did that entire day in written format in Excel(日本だったらしょうがない). But he asked me to keep last day report ...
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What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに?

What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに? I see that both mean "at first," but it seems like the phrases are not interchangeable. Thank you for your explanation!
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What is the difference between 北 and 北部 [duplicate]

What is the main difference between 北 and 北部? I heard that's words that contain 2 kanji sounds more polite, but not sure that it's the current situation.
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Specific use of してまで

Recently I've been reading Michael Emmerich's "New Penguin Parallel Text" for Japanese short stories. In Yoshimoto Banana's "A Little Darkness," there's a passage that describes how the narrator's ...
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What does 美味しい mean when referring to a person?

What does 美味しい mean when referring to a person? In particular, in this sentence I found, it is used together with ところ: あの人おいしーとこもってくなあ... Context: a guy is talking about another guy's bad ...
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Meaning and etymology of phrase or interjection いよっしゃあ?

Lately I have been watching a lot of streams and videos of Persona 5 The Royal, which has only released in Japanese. One character in that game very frequently exclaims "いよっしゃあ{LLHHHH}", "iyosshaa", ...
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Differences between 若者 and 若手

I just found the word 若手, and I'm not sure about its differences with 若者: according to these two answers, the former means "beginner", while the latter means "young people", but I found an example (...
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What is the meaning of kai/かい? [duplicate]

Here is the context it was used in: "また来たのかい?" What does かい mean here? Is it a suffix? Thank you in advance!
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How can I say “With the passing of time…”?

I am writing a text and I want to say: With the passing of time, I have understood what he wanted to say. I have written: 時間がたつにつれて、彼が言いたかったことが分かってきました。 Is my sentence completely wrong?
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What is the meaning of 何をどう?

Context: the narrative character is attempting to find a reason explaining his past behavior. あの時、何をどう考えて行動したんだろう? I understand the gist of the above sentence (as seen with my translation attempt ...
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Meaning of ここまでのことをやったんです

I am having some difficulties in trying to understand the below. Particularly the usage of し and the meaning of ここまでのことをやったんです as it is not clear from context who the agent is (i.e. is it the speaker ...
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「探してくる」には「見つける」という意味は含まれますか?

今まで、「探す」には「見つけようとする」という意味しかないと思っていました。辞書が挙げる語義にも、現代において一般的な用法(下記1.と2.)では「見つけようとする」以上の意味は含まれていません。 1. 必要なものや失ったものを見つけようとする。「安い下宿を―す」 2. ものを見つけるためにかき回す。「押し入れを―す」 3. 中にある物を表し出す。「...
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Need help with economics headline that contains 還元

Since I do not hold a degree in business, this headline has me stumped. Please note all of these are my sad attempts at translation since the article is only in Japanese. 支払い時に還元、実質値引きへ "Return at ...
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transitive vs intransitive verbs in relative clauses

Is there a difference in interpretation or how one would understand sentences that use a transitive vs intransitive verb? e.g. in the below 味噌汁を入れたマグカップ vs 味噌汁が入ったマグカップ 「でもお前、俺のこと好きだったじゃん」 「……...
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都合の悪いところ + 見て判断したそう + punctuation of this sentence

I am having several problems understanding this sentence: 「都合の悪いところは破っておいた日記と一緒に持ち帰った、小型デストロイヤーの足を見て判断したそうだ。」 First of all と一緒に持ち帰った、, especially the "、" confuses in the sense of the scope of と一緒に. ...
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What is そんでもって?

According to コトバンク, it is the exact same as two different definitions of それで。 Then there is this ベストアンサー which gives many usage examples. Again, it seems to be a very casual filler word meaning それで。...
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Meaning of これでもかという forms

Sorry to ask a vague question, but I hope someone could explain what these following expression amount to. これでもかって これでもかってほど これでもかってぐらいに I thought I would figure this out eventually but ...
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Meaning of 早口 - fast talker

WaniKani and Jisho.org give the definition of 早口{はやくち} as "fast talker". In English, this can have several shades of meaning. Which of the following (or others) apply in Japanese: someone who ...
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Why does the waiter use past tense here

When I was trying to order a set meal in the restaurant, the waiter said Aランチのほうでよろしかったでしょうか I am not sure why the past tense よろしかった is used here, I personally would say Aランチのほうでよろしいでしょうか I ...
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さま after a verb

I found in different occasions さま after a verb, but I'm not sure about its meaning. For example, in 大辞林's definition for 半ば: ある状態に半分ほどなっているさま (「…てはじめて」の形で)さまざまな経過を経てようやくその状態になるさま I noticed ...