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為せば成る
if you have a mind to do something, you can do it; if you do, it will become ...; where there is a will....
七転び八起き
the vicissitudes of life; ups and downs in life; always rising after a fall or repeated failures.
何食わぬ顔
innocent look; nonchalant look; air of innocence.
習うより慣れろ
experience is the best teacher; custom makes all things easy; you learn best by doing; practice makes perfect; it is better to grow accustomed than to be taught.
名を汚す
to shame the name (of); to blot the reputation (of).
名を残す
to be remembered; to go down in history.
煮え湯を飲まされる
① to be betrayed. ② to be brought to grief (by an enemy); to be given a hard time.
仁王立ち
imposing stance; daunting pose.
二階から目薬
something that cannot be done no matter how hard one tries (and is slightly frustrating because of this).
二者選一
two alternatives; selecting an option (from two alternatives).
糠に釘
having no effect; waste of effort.
糠喜び
premature joy; short-lived elation.
願ったり叶ったり
everything working out as desired.
猫に小判
(to cast) pearls before swine; really big waste of resources.
猫の手も借りたい
extremely busy; so busy one would even welcome the help of a cat.