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一敗地に塗れる
to meet with defeat.
色気より食い気
Fair words fill not the belly; Food before romance.
上には上がある
(proverb) greatness is comparative; there is always someone better than you.
烏合の衆
disorderly crowd; mob.
後ろ指を指される
to be talked about behind one's back.
嘘も方便
the end justifies the means; circumstances may justify a lie.
腕によりをかける
to put all one's skill (into doing something); to do something to the best of one's ability.
打てば響く
to be responsive; to show immediate results.
うどの大木
good for nothing (of people); derived from a large 'udo' plant being of no use (only the young, tender, plant can be eaten).
鰻上り
rapid promotion; soaring; going through the roof.
馬の耳に念仏
not heeding what others say; in one ear and out the other; praying into a horse's ear.
裏をかく
① to outwit; to outsmart; to counterplot; to defeat. ② to pierce something all the way through.
売り言葉に買い言葉
tit for tat (verbally).
運を天に任せる
to leave to chance; to resign oneself to one's fate.
絵に描いた餅
pie in the sky; castle in the air.