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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 ガッといく

Stumbled upon this phrase. Dictionary as well as google does not yield any results. Example would be: 3年の威厳ってやつをガッといったってください。
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はずもない、はずはない、はずがない. Difference and meaning

Today listening a song I've heard something I can't understood だけどなれるはずもなくて So i started to gather information about this, but it gets me more confused and furthermore found out two more はずはない ...
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Meaning of はにゃせ or はにやせ

Context: two people are walking on a street and a tramp says to them: はにゃせー、バカヤロー I'm not sure if it's はにゃせ or はにやせ, because it is written in small fonts, I am attaching an image so you can tell. ...
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Double negative in sentence “一人くらいは来てくれるんじゃないかな…”

I was wondering about the translation of this sentence: (一人くらいは来てくれるんじゃないかな...) What I see is a double negative and a question. Does someone know if the double negative and question are used to save ...
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Use of けど in a sentence from my textbook [duplicate]

I'm not interested in the translation as much as the use of the word けど in a specific sentence. The textbook presents it as 'but' and 'so', and the dialogue where it appears is as follows: たけしくん、...
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What's the grammar behind 〜がいなくて寂しい

I can't understand how いる+寂しい means miss something like in 君がいなくて寂しいよ。
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Whats the Meaning of たるみきる?

So i came across this sentence in a newspaper article 与党が各党と修正協議をしている間、特別委員会での審議は、たるみ切っていた。 That I translated into While the ruling party together with the other parties were negotiating the ...
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what does 寝取られ mean?

i have been wondering what is exactly the meaning of 寝取られ or definition of it. i tried to translate it using google translate to english and my native language and the result was confusing. to ...
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How does this relative clause work?

I'm reading a children's book in Japanese. In the story, Weasel runs a cake shop, and he's gotten a mysterious order for a cake - he doesn't know who it's from. Here's the sentence: いったい どんな おばけが ...
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Understanding what 逆に means in context with an emotion

I'm having trouble understanding exactly what this person is saying to me. The context being that I was asked a question by them, and after responding they said this: そうでしたか!それを聞けて逆に安心しました…!笑 I ...
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Translation of 竜すらも恐るるに足らない

The full text is... この魔剣があれば… メルヴィンの言うとおり 竜すらも恐るるに足らない… Is this a double negative? "Even dragons to be not afraid is not enough" = "Even dragons are [will be] afraid".
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Use of と in these two sentences + のぼる or あがる

I've got these two sentences: 屋上にあがると景色がきれいです。 駅の前に銀行ができると便利になります。 I understand the vocabulary, but I don't get the usage of と. Also, I don't get why あがる is used instead of のぼる. I think ...
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What does とでも mean?

[name]とでも呼んでくれたら嬉しい What does とでも means here? I know what means と and でも separately but why it is used here together?
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「認めるところである」とはどういう意味ですか。

下の例文で「ところであり」ってどういう意味ですか。 例文)「そのすぐれた才能はだれもが認めるところであり、巧自身、大人が相手であっても自分の球が打たれるなどとは考えていません。」 よろしくお願いします。
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What does 絶賛 in 絶賛仕上げ中 mean?

This is a rather straightforward question. I have the following line said by person H to person G. H: みんなが来るって聞いてたからお菓子焼いてたんだ~ 絶賛仕上げ中{ちゅう} It's an answer to unvoiced question of G to H about what ...
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Ending sentences with というか / ていうか

For e.g. 安心するていうか。I saw this in an interview where the person expressed relief that a certain place was available. Is there any nuance with just saying 安心する? This is one thing I can never seem to get....
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When is -の used for a question

When is -の used for a question and what is the exact meaning Context: (nj) = (Native Japanese speaker) (njs): 学校に行くの? (me): いいえ、学校は行きません。 (njs): 自分でやるの? (me): 自分やります。
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Dictionary form of verb to indicate progressive actions or actions in progress?

I've always interpreted the plain/present affirmative of a verb (e.g. 行く/行きます) as either A.) an action that I will do in the future 図書館に行きます "I will go to the library" B.) an action that I ...
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What is the literal meaning of 'マスコミにバラして'?

The sentence is, 'マスコミにバラしてもいいんですよ?' What does this mean, literally? Also, is this figure of speech frequently used? If it is, could you please give me some instances when it is used in daily life? ...
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meaning of the verb 工夫 in this example

What is the meaning of the verb 工夫 when it is used with clothes? Example: [裏地]{うらじ}を[工夫]{くふう}してみる
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The meaning of 技術は習うものではなく盗むもの

技術は習うものではなく盗むもの I'm sure this is some sort of idiomatic expression, I just don't know exactly what it means. Searched everywhere but didn't find anything. Sometimes the "Gijutsu" part is replaced by ...
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What does うえ mean in this case? [duplicate]

What does うえ mean in this case: 実行委員会によりますと、この冬は極端に気温が上がる日がなかったうえ、十分な量の雪も確保できたことで、雪像作りは順調に進んだということです。
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What is the meaning of どうの?

Context: a former swordsman takes his daughter to attend kendo lessons. She doesn't seem happy, so he reminds her that she decided herself to go, at which che replies: んだよ!...
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What does しまったり mean?

In this line from a song, 大人【おとな】になるにつれ 遠【とお】ざかってしまったり I'm tempted to say it translates to As you grow older, you're growing apart (from me) but I'm not entirely sure how to interpret しまったり. ...
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I don't understand this sentence

A taxi driver picks a girl up. He is driving. Unintentionally he looks at rearview mirror and he doesn't see anybody. Then I found this sentence: おや? と思って振り返るとちゃんといるのです。 When I have read it I have ...
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What is やっちゃるけんな?

This looks like やる in a colloquial form. Can someone clear up what this says?
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What does '今よ' mean?

What does 'よ' do when placed after a single noun like '今'? 今よ Would it be considered a question, like "Now?" ?
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そのものと and 身としては

A superior is proud of subordinate's work, and says the following: お仕事は順調そのものと… 各部署にプレゼンさせて貰った身としては鼻が高いわ The first bit is her saying that the subordinate's work is exemplary (the very ...
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Meaning of Japanese slang phrase「モロです」?

Can somebody provide a explanation of the meaning of the term モロ as used in the phrase 「モロです」? I see references describing もろ/モロ as an adverb meaning "completely" or "totally" but that doesn't seem ...
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What are the meanings of おはようございません and ありがとうございません?

Nobody seems to say those things. I want to know the meanings of おはようございません and ありがとうございません.
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Why use 行き and not 行きたい?

I'm currently learning the Desire Form of the verbs and I'd like to know why in this phrase, it's used 行き and not 行きたい. 私はショッピングモールに行き、自分のために服を買いたい The たい form should be added only at the last ...
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Meaning of 一人目はやはり、君になったか。, やはり and か shenanigans

Context: people are being chosen for a task, and the speaker is awaiting the chosen two. If this sentence was just: 一人目はやはり、君になった。 this would just be "I expected you would be (you would become) ...
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How far can a word be away from another and still modify it - 歪み 並ぶ 使い捨てのレール

I was translating this song (full lyrics here) and I ran across this phrase: 歪み 並ぶ 使い捨てのレール I was thinking that it would make sense if 歪み modified レール - "We chose (in the song, they are on a ...
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Can someone explain the use of こと in these types of sentences?

Ok, still a newbie to Japanese. I've run across the word こと more and more recently. I'm having a hard time understanding what effect it's having on the sentence. For example, although I know the ...
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Meaning of ハートしている

In a boxing match, a trainer is telling a boxer to stay away from the opponent and wait the end of the round to recover, but he doesn't listen to him. Then the trainer says this sentence: ...
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Two から in the same sentence

I'm playing a game that talks about the story of Princess Kaguya in the following way. I think I got the general gist of it, but I found the second sentence in particular to be perplexing. I think the ...
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Reduplication mark 々

i wanna ask you about donojiten 々. These mark's function is to repeat a word right? But when I searching まだまだ、休み休み、泣き泣き on website dictionary and replaced by 々, cant found those words meaning. So ...
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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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The meaning of この+own personal name

One of the villains of ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Dio, frequently refers to himself as「このディオ」 (to the point it became a meme). What's the meaning of this grammar: この+own personal name? Is it just emphasis? Or are ...
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Directionality of にも

This is part of an analysis of episode 6 of Death Note (from this page: http://samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-204.html#comment_list) 結論。夜神月はやっぱり幼稚で負けず嫌い。...
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願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか meaning?

in episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 8:30, I encounter this sentence. 願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか/ Try my hardest but couldn't understand what it means, can any expert here explain the structures ...
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Meaning of My担当氏

I learnt from this answer that 担当さん is a common Japanese expression to address someone working with/for you. Does the presence of My and 氏 add a more specific meaning? The context is a letter from a ...
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What does やついておる mean?

I am unsure what やついておる means in the following sentence: …貴様、何をにやついておるのだ…? For some context Person A is comforting Person B who has just heard some happy news and gotten emotional. Person C says ...
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What does なってる mean?

Can anyone tell me what this means? The only definition I could find was "summer vacation" which made no sense in the context. This is what's on ether side of it: これ完全にマウン卜ポジシヨンになってるから!
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Is the following Japanese sentence negative or positive in English?

Context: Character A has just told the character who is the narrator that he has the talent to be an assassin. Being a normal person, and thus taken off guard, the narrator responds with the following:...
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What does であればこそ mean?

であればこそ、そうした課題の地平に、私たちにとっての「里」、そして、自然との折り合いかたをたえず模索する契機となりうる新たな《里山》 像という結実が期待されるだろう。 Can someone explain what であればこそ means?
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Meaning of 男性がときどき見せる[これって脈アリサイン] [closed]

In the below sentence I translated the first part as "Men sometimes display" but cannot figure out the meaning of [これって脈アリサイン]. 男性{だんせい}がときどき見{み}せる[これって脈{みゃく}アリサイン]
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Meaning and use of 身柄

In this sentence (psycho-pass's line): 私は議長の身柄を押さえます The 身柄 can be omitted and thereby result: 私は議長を押さえます I really wonder the use of 身柄 and if it is really necessary.
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How is し used as a verb in this sentence?

I found these two sentences in "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" under に(purpose): 学生が質問をしに来た。 A student came to ask questions. そこへ何をしに行くんですか。For what are you going there? When I look ...
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I need help understanding the grammar in this sentence

I am still in the beginning stages of learning japanese grammar and while I understand the meaning of the kanji I don't understand what のも means in the context of this sentence. 自分で言うのも なんだ けど