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縁の下の力持ち
unsung hero; person who does a thankless task.
大船に乗る
to gain a reliable foundation and be in a safe condition; to board a large ship.
傍目八目
① bystander's vantage point; outsider's better grasp of the situation. ② onlookers see more of the game than the players do; people watching a game of go see 8 moves further ahead.
屋上屋を架す
to do something useless; to paint the lily; to gild refined gold; to build a roof atop the roof.
小田原評定
fruitless or inconclusive discussion.
お茶を濁す
① to be evasive; to give an evasive answer. ② to speak ambiguously; to prevaricate. ③ to cook up a specious story to get out of an uncomfortable situation. ④ to make do with.
鬼が出るか蛇が出るか
You never know what might happen.
鬼に金棒
making a strong person even stronger (like giving a metal rod to an ogre); as strong as can be.
鬼の霍乱
person of strong constitution unexpectedly falling ill; sickness of a stout man; the devil getting sunstroke.
鬼の首を取ったよう
triumphant (over a mediocre achievement); boastful; as if one had grabbed a demon by the neck.
尾羽打ち枯らす
to be in a miserable state; to be down and out.
思い立ったが吉日
no time like the present; make hay while the sun shines; it's the auspicious day when you've just thought of it.
親の心子知らず
there is no love like a father's; no child knows how dear he is to his parents.
折り紙付き
guaranteed; authentic; certified.
女三人寄れば姦しい
wherever women gather it is noisy.