Japanese 4-Letter Idioms 4

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四 字 熟 語 (yo-ji-juku-go) are four-letter idioms. These are different from words that are made up of four characters. We already went over 30 of the most common idioms. These idioms may be less common, but still impressive.

Before you take the test, lets study some new idioms




悪事千里
(akuji senri )
bad news travels quickly

bad news travels quickly "

kanjiromajimeaning
akubad, evil
jithing, doing
senthousand (one thousand ri means long distance )
rimeasure of distance (3.9 km)

悪い事は、悪事千里を走る
warui koto wa, akujisenri o hashiru
The bad thing is that bad news travels quickly


老若男女
(Rōnyakunanyo)
men and women of all ages

men and women of all ages"

kanjiromajimeaning
old
jyakuyoung
danmen
jyowomen

この商品は、老若男女関わりなく人気だ
kono shouhin wa rounyakunanyo kakawari naku ninki da
This item is popular for men and women of all ages


一心同体
(Isshin dōtai)
as if two or more people act like one

as if two or more people act like one"

kanjiromajimeaning
Ione
shinsoul, heart
dōtaisame, both
taibody

チーム一心同体になって試合を勝ちたい
chi-mu isshindoutai ni natte shiai o kachitai
Get the team to come together as one and try to win the match


美人薄命
(Bijin hakumei)
the beautiful die young

the beautiful die young"

kanjiromajimeaning
bibeauty
jinperson
hakevil
meilife, fate

美人薄命というが、このモデルの家族は全員長生きだ
bijinhakumei toiu ga, kono moderu no kazoku wa zennin nagaikida
Although they say the beautiful die young, all the members of this model's family have lived long


花鳥風月
(Kachōfūgetsu)
traditional natural beauties of Japanese art

traditional natural beauties of Japanese art"

kanjiromajimeaning
kaflowers
chōbirds
wind
getsumoon

ハイキングにでも行って、花鳥風月を楽しみたい
haikingu ni demo itte, kachoufuugetsu o tanoshimitai
When going hiking, enjoy the beauty of nature


独立独歩
(Dokuritsudoppo)
self reliance, help

self reliance, help"

kanjiromajimeaning
dokuself
ritsustand
doself
ppowalk

子供の頃から、独立独歩を心がけていた
kodomo no koro kara, dokuritsudoppo o kokoro ga keteita
Since a child, I have always had the heart of self-reliance


心機一転
(Shinkiitten)
change of attitude

change of attitude"

kanjiromajimeaning
shinheart
kimechanism
ione
ttenturn, revolve

前期の良くなかったが、今期は心機一転で行きましょう!
zenki no yokunakattaga, konki wa shinki itten de ikimashou!
Although it didn't work out last time, let's go in this time with a change of attitude!


自画自賛
(Jiga jisan)
self flattery, approval

self flattery, approval"

kanjiromajimeaning
jiself
gapicture
jiself
zanpraise, approval

自画自賛もなんだが、さすが私だ
jigajisan mo nanda ga, sasuga watashi da
As expected of me, I sang my own praises


青天白日
(Seitenhakujitsu)
innocent, cleared of a charge

innocent, cleared of a charge"

kanjiromajimeaning
seiblue
tenheavens
hakuwhite
jitsuday

疑惑が晴れて、やっと青天白日の身になった
giwaku ga harete, yatto seitenhakujitsu no mi ni natta
After the doubts were cleared, she was finally cleared of all charges


門外不出
(Mongaifushutsu)
treasuring something by confinement

treasuring something by confinement"

kanjiromajimeaning
mongate
gaioutside
funegative, not
shutuexit

この定食屋には、門外不出の秘密のレシピがあるそうだ
kono teishokuya niwa mongaifushutsu no himitsu no reshipi ga arusou da
It seems this restaurant has a super secret recipe locked up somewhere