弓を引く Draw the bow; rise up against…

弓を引く
Draw the bow; rise up against…



The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate
| A = Advanced

弓を引く
yumi o hiku

Draw the bow; rise up against…

yumi bow

o [direct object marker]

引く hiku to pull, draw



弓道 kyuu dou – Japanese archery [I]

割引 wari biki – discount, 10% off, [B]
引越し hikkoshi – to move (to a different house or area) [B]

So you see how important it is to study kanji! – Yumi


SUGGESTED USAGE:

由美さんはブルータスとシーザーに弓を引きました。
yumi san wa buru-tasu to shi-za- ni yumi o hikimashita.

Yumi rose up against both Brutus and Ceasar. Et tu Yumi.

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

由美 yumi – Yumi (girl\’s name) Just happens to have the same pronunciation as bow – of course I didnt exploit this fact…

さん san – added to names for politeness; similar to Miss (or Mr.)

ブルータス buru-tasu – Brutus (of et tu Brutus fame)
to – and
シーザー shi-za- – Ceasar

に弓を引きました。 ni yumi o hikimashita – drew the bow against The NI shows where the action goes – in this case \’against\’


Of course the most common meaning of this phrase is its literal meaning – to draw a bow. When I heard this little idiom while watching a jidai (samurai) drama, I couldn\’t resist. How popular is this idiom now? I have no idea…

Some synonyms for 弓を引く are: そむく (somuku) and 反抗 (han kou)

 

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