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三人寄れば文殊の知恵
two heads are better than one.
事実は小説より奇なり
truth is stranger than fiction.
親しき仲にも礼儀あり
good manners even between friends; a hedge between keeps friendships.
舌の根も乾かぬ内
in the same breath; hardly had the words been said.
死に物狂い
desperation; struggle to the death.
四の五の言う
to grumble about something (trivial).
自腹を切る
to pay for with your own money.
島国根性
insularism; insularity; island country mentality.
釈迦に説法
teaching your grandmother to suck eggs; teaching something to someone who knows more than you; preaching to the choir; lecturing to the Buddha.
癪にさわる
to irritate; to grate on one's nerves; to aggravate; to be galling; to be invidious.
鯱張る
① to stand on ceremony. ② to stiffen up (the nerves); to be tense.
借金で首が回らない
deep in debt.
柔よく剛を制す
soft and fair goes far; willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.
十把一からげ
lumping together all sorts of things; making sweeping generalizations; dealing with various things under one head.
朱に交われば赤くなる
he who touches pitch shall be defiled therewith; one rotten apple spoils the barrel.