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心を鬼にする
to harden one's heart.
心を砕く
to rack one's brains; to wrack one's brains.
五十歩百歩
six of one and a half dozen of the other; scant difference.
子供の使い
useless messenger; doing only as one is told; fool's errand.
子は鎹
children are a bond between husband and wife.
転ばぬ先の杖
prevention is better than cure; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; look before you leap; forewarned is forearmed; a stitch in time saves nine; have a walking stick ready before stumbling.
転んでもただでは起きぬ
All's grist that comes to his mill; turn everything to good account; turn anything to profit.
怖いもの見たさ
rubbernecking; the thrill of looking at something scary or unpleasant and wanting to look at it all the more because it is scary or unpleasant.
化けの皮を現す
to expose one's true colors (colours); to expose one's true character.
恥の上塗り
piling shame on top of shame.
畑違い
out of one's line; out of one's field.
破竹の勢い
with great vigour (from the way splitting bamboo goes all down the stick).
八方塞がり
all doors closed; blocked in every direction; cornered.
鼻が高い
① proud. ② having a prominent nose.
話半分
taking a story with a grain of salt; hearing only half the story.