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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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What does その辺でね /"sono hen de ne" means in this context ? (A conversation on airplane between 3 sisters,while they're travelling to Japan)

Context : 3 sisters are traveling to Japan .When the older sister saw her 2 little sisters are arguing with each other, she said this 「二人ともその辺でね。日本に着く前に疲れてしまうわよ」 I don't understand what does she means ...
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Meaning of 〜ってどうあるものか

I do not understand this sentence: 「膝が折れたってどうあるものかと思った」. My guess is it means something like “I thought my knee was going to fracture or something like that.” But I’m not sure how to interpret 「...
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What does わけでもなく mean here?

彼はおこりだすわけでもなく、彼女をじっと見ている。 He has been slapped. I've already read about わけでもない, but I can't make sense of it anyway, here. "Without getting angry" makes sense, but I would say おこりださないで or ...
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What is going on in 〜だしよう

The line comes from a short exchange in a game. The character is surprised seeing the protagonist walk into a practice room that he's been using, and later says the following: 今日はこれからみっちり、...
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人の物も in カードは人の物も使える

From Liar Game chapter 45, this guy got swindled to hand over money to enemy team and he explained why he did. 秋山が言ってたじゃないか、カードは人の物も使えるって I am not sure what「カードは人の物も使える」is supposed to mean. The fan ...
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What does this expression mean when someone is looking up at you ? 覆いかぶさるようなって上目遣いにこちらを見つめてくる

When reading i came across this expression ,which i did not understand .Much thanks if anyone can help me find its meaning 覆いかぶさるようなって上目遣いにこちらを見つめてくるA。 (My guess : "A is staring at me ,with her ...
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What is the meaning of かまして here?

This is a sentence I stumbled upon in the novel All You Need Is Kill まあ、アレだ。作戦なんてテキトーかましてりゃいいんだ So what does かます means here? because the closest meaning I found has to do with delivering an attack ...
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必殺技 scope of usage

必殺技 translates as "killer technique", but does this only apply to physical fighting or does it have a broader usage? For example, can I have a 必殺技 for making perfectly crispy roast potatoes? ...
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What exactly do くれ and と mean in this sentence

I am reading the novel 『狐霊の檻』 by 廣嶋玲子. In the beginning the narrator describes a feast she had once taken part in. She says 好きなだけ飲んでくれと、庭に置かれた酒の大樽【おおだる】。 I think that the sentence means something ...
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Meaning of 憧れる: admiring vs wishing to be like someone

I'm finding several instances of 憧れる translate as "I wish I were like"; for example, in the first episode of 干物妹!うまるちゃん a character says to the main character 私 憧れちゃうよ, which is translated ...
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What does「やや巻きで進行中」mean?

What does「やや巻きで進行中」mean? "やや" literally means "slightly" and looking up "巻き" I keep getting "roll", which is probably not the intended meaning here. So by ...
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What does ~てくる mean here?

紅緒に歩みよってきた少尉は、かがんで手をさしのべた。 I don't understand what kind of ~てくる it is. Does it mean that he got closer to her more and more? Or does it mean that he got closer to me, here, like the author wants me ...
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Meaning of 見て取れる

What's the meaning of 見て取れる in this sentence? 剣や杖を持った男女が数人描かれたパッケージにはNewWorld Onlineと鮮やかな文字で書かれているのが見て取れる
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Is the usage of について here natural?

So , this is a sentence a came across when I was reading about 書体 on Wikipedia 書体(しょたい)とは、一定の文字体系のもとにある文字について、それぞれの字体が一貫した特徴と独自の様式を備えた字形として、表現されているものをいう I feel について here is used as a は (a topic ...
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Relevance of 音を上げない in this translation

So I stumbled upon this sentence while studying on Kanshudo: 彼はめったなことでは音を上げない。Kanshudo translates it as "He rarely gives in, confronted with difficulties." But I understand 音 to mean sound ...
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Understanding ほど in「人は本当に辛い事ほど言葉にしては言えないものだ」

From Liar Game chapter 29, Akiyama explains to Nao how she should not "believe" but doubt people (人は疑うべきだ) to understand them better. I am uncertain about the meaning of ほど in ...
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Confused by the meaning of this sentence + combination of "....とはまた違う" [MC is comparing his maid with his secretary]

Context : MC is comparing his maid with A (his secretary). She's the chief maid in his family, and used to be his nanny + personal tutor since he was still a little kid. And I'm confused by this ...
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Meaning of ~だのと in this sentence

I encountered this sentence in a manga and can't quite parse it: 情だの何だのと乳繰り合ってるようなヤツらは踏み台にすればいい Context: a woman is jealous about her love interest getting close with another person (and meeting ...
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Meaning of ただでさえ

Context: the girls need to hide in a shop run by a man who always makes them buy something if they go in in normal times. もし、あの店に逃げ込んだら、ただでさえとぼしいまる子の財布への打撃はさけられない。 If they took refuge in that shop ...
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Need help with 1 sentence [MC and his secretary. She said this while Mc's complaining about being the next leader of his prestigious family]

Context: MC is about to become the new head of his family ,which has been governing 1 big land for many generations .He complains to his secretary that's it's hard and feels like he isn't ready for ...
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「認識できません」の意味の広さ

例えば、パソコンのグラフィックボードを挿しているけど、壊れていて、「認識できません」というエラーが出てもおかしくないと思います。 この「認識できません」は一義的にcannot recognizeという意味になりますか。それとも、最初から挿していなかった場合、"cannot detect"という意味としても「認識できません」という表現を使いますか。 このような文脈で、...
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What does 香代は香代で (Kayo wa Kayo de) mean in this context ?[A husband is speaking about his wife's career, explains why she left him and their child] ] [duplicate]

when reading i met this sentence but not sure about this part ,much thanks if anyone can explain to me its meaning 「香代は香代で、考古学研究の第一人者ですから。そんな人間を、私と穂花で独り占めするのはもったいない」 My guess : "Because Kayo (his ...
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What is the meaning of か in phrases such as ~ばかりか and ~のみか?

I'm studying N2 grammar and I was surprised by the meaning of ばかりか and のみか when I first came across them. E.g: あの人は、学校の成績がいいばかりかスポーツもできる。 I can see these か forms are the same as ばかりでなく and のみならず (...
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Is there any significant difference between 駆け回る and 駆け巡る?

I already knew the word 駆け回る, which means "to run about", "to bustle about". Well, I recently came across the term 駆け巡る that seems to mean the same. Are both words safely ...
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Understanding "[隣]{となり}の[女]{おんな}の[人]{ひと}も"

I'm trying to understand the beginner sentence: 隣の女の人も、かばんから漫画の本を出しました。 which apparently translates to The girl beside him took out a manga from her bag too. The contents of the sentence before ...
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What does 足元をうろちょろする mean?

I’m reading 『魔女の宅急便2キキと新しい魔法』. There’s a sentence about Kiki (a witch who’s the main character of this book) and Jiji (Kiki’s cat who can talk with her) saying: キキは安心したようにマルコさん(というカバ)を見、それから、...
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Usage of か after 出向く

すっきりしたし司令部へ出向くか From what I understand, this phrase is composed of: すっきり - Refreshing した - Did し - So/and 司令部 - headquarters 出向く - go to/proceed to か - ? So the translation would be something along ...
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What does ことに mean when combined with 幸運 (good luck)?

I saw someone write 幸運はことに, how would you translate this to English?
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Difference in meaning for どういうこと

If you say どういうこと, as ど\ういうこと, when asking a question, I think it just asks for an explanation (possibly followed by a quick rise on that last mora). But when someone already knows what is going on (...
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Does the Japanese word "akasuki" means "bright improvement" in English?

We are an outgoing college students, we've decided to choose a Japanese name for our class. We want it to be meaningful, it should represent our ambitions to grow and further improve ourselves. We ...
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Meaning of ご帰還あそばれなされた [duplicate]

Full sentence: 「俺様がご帰還あそばれなされたぞ!」 I think this sentence means something alike to: "I have returned!" My main problem with this sentence is the usage of あそばれなされた. From my understanding, this ...
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What is the meaning of 以上に in the following sentence?

I came across the following sentence in a text about 俳句 (emphasis, translation and words in square brackets mine): 携帯電話で俳句を送り合って遊ぶ若者もいますし、外国人が日本人以上にすばらしい俳句を表現することもあります。 There are youngsters who play ...
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Meaning of the word 水戸黄門. Is there a hidden nuance?

I was re-watching Usagi Drop. When the MC tries to unfold a plastic bag or something, his hands are not slippery enough to separate the plastic handle. After harassing him in a cute way, the little ...
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Meaning of 命からがら as a noun

あのときは命からがらじゃった。 It was life and death that time. I think I've translated the feeling of the sentence correctly but I can't fully understand the grammar. First, I'm assuming じゃった is just old man ...
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What does ふらふら mean? And can お花 mean 花嫁?

I'm reading 魔女の宅急便 その5 魔法のとまり木, and there's a sentence I don't understand. Kiki, the main character of this story who is a witch living with a speaking cat, does a delivery service, and gets something ...
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What are the meaning and the usage of 夏に入{い}る and 立夏?

According to weblio.jp, 夏に入る is a synonym of 立夏. I have two questions regarding these words. Do these 夏に入る and 立夏 refer to a specific day, or they just mean the beginning of summer in a broader sense?...
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What is the meaning of 詠{よ}む in the following sentence? この俳句に詠{よ}まれている季節はいつでしょうか。

I provide the full paragraph for context. The sentence in question is stressed in bold: 下に挙げたのは、アメリカの大学が日本語の授業で作った俳句の例です。 ?> 静かだね。 雪の音しか 聞こえない 子が母が 呼び合うごとく 蝉のなく 秋の歌 落ちた木の葉に 書いてある 春の午後 ホームレスたち ...
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What is the meaning of [もう1万円から計算してしまいますよ] here?

Here is an example of the type of language used at work called バイト敬語. I am quite confused as to why it is talking about the customer trying to pay the change aka friction of money? Does it assumes the ...
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Understanding 人は常に、その人唯一の存在でございますれば

言葉とは裏腹にテレザの声は冷たい。雪の女王のような面差しが、今は真実凍りつくようだ。  貴方の前ではそうとしか在れないとテレザは言って、そう在ってほしいと自分は望んだ。  許される幻影など、自分には永劫相応しくないから。 「代わりにはなり得ません。誰も彼も。人は常に、その人唯一の存在でございますれば」  フレデリカが淡々と言う。 「それでも、人は清算を求めるものであろ。それがどのような形であれ」 ...
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What does the “べつに” in this sentence mean? [duplicate]

私の心はべつに先輩と高科さんとの間では揺れ動いたりしてないです。 What does the “べつに” add to the sentence? What does “べつに” modify or change about the sentence? What difference in meaning would there be if the same sentence was ...
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What is the meaning of 何店舗かあるコンビニ?

In the first chapter of the novel 悪人 the author talks about how the stores are being arranged and how it starts to have a parking lot 何店舗かあるコンビニだけを注意して見ていくと、荒江交差点を出てしばらくは通りに面して直接店舗の入口があるのだが、...
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Meaning of sentence ending もん

「でも時々いるわよ。私のクラスでも犬に追いかけられたって話、たまにきくもん」 父ヒロシに続いて、お姉ちゃんが冷静に言った。 "You occasionally hear stories of being chased by stray dogs even in my class" said her sister calmly, following on from dad. ...
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What does 「他にやたら」mean in this sentence? 「今はいないけど他にやたら頑丈なお姉さんもいるんですよ」

I found this line while watching an anime and can't I don't know what word to look for in the dictionary for it 今はいないけど、他にやたら頑丈なお姉さんもいるんですよ What does 「他にやたら」mean in this sentence?
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The meaning of 精神的にくるものあるよ

The sentence 精神的にくるものあるよ is translated in the subtitles as "She's totally killing my vibe". I don't understand how that meaning comes from 精神的 (which is just "mental / spiritual state&...
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Meaning of うっとひる

Maruo is being asked to get rid of a wild dog by his classmates: 「退治してくんなきゃ、学級委員の資格ないぞブー」 はまじと関口と三人組のブー太郎が大まじめな顔で言うと、丸尾君がうっとひるんだ。 「そうだそうだ、丸尾やれ~~~~」 「丸尾君、おねがいーーーー」 クラス中から声があがった。 "Unless you get ...
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Meaning of もしものこと

狂犬病というこわい病気は最近は日本ではなかなか発生していませんが、もしものことを考えて、犬にかまれたら病院に行かなくてはなりませんよ。 There hasn't been an outbreak of the scary disease known as rabies in Japan recently but considering ????, if you get bitten by a ...
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のなら: emphasis or hearsay?

What is the additional nuance in meaning when の is inserted before なら? For example: トムが行く(の)なら、私も行きます。 In the Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese (p. 69) it says の occurs before なら when the ...
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Meaning of (せ)にゃ and から(な)

I found the following two sentences: あとで添削せにゃ。- I'll look it over later. この世界にゃ魔法ってのがあるからな - There's magic on this world. I checked the dictionary and some of the meanings of "にゃ" includes &...
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What does やの mean in 汚れやの匂いがする? [closed]

汚れやの匂いがする I know the sentence means something along the lines of "smells like dirt". But I have no idea what the やの means. The context is that it is talking about the natural forest ...
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Meaning of といえど

In a book I found this sentence: ありえない。そうおもってるつつも、彼は腰からハンマーを引き抜く。亡き師匠から引き継いだハンマー—その名も『万能鉄槌』は、どんな金属の正体も丸裸にする。一見するとただのハンマーだが、使い手の『能力』と結びつくと絶妙な効果を発揮する。そして、世界広しといえどこれを使いこなせる職人はフィーゴ・アンヴィルただ一人だ I ...
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