Japanese Idiom 赤子の手をひねるよう taking candy from a baby


Japanese Idiom with Video:

赤子の手をひねるよう – something very easy; taking candy from a baby

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赤子の手をひねるよう


  • akago no te o hineru you
  • something very easy; taking candy from a baby
  • This is used when someone from a position of strength does as he pleases with someone weaker. This is probably most often used with bad guys doing something bad to the weak and defenseless.
  • Literally, “like twisting a child’s arm.” This idiom seems to have an obvious origin: twisting a small child’s arm is not difficult.

  • こんな計算問題を解くのは、赤子の手をひねるようだ。

  • konna keisan-mondai o toku nowa, akago no te o hineru you da.
  • Solving a math problem like this is child’s play.
Vocabulary

  • こんな konna — such a; …like this
  • 計算問題 keisan mondai — numerical calculation [計算 = calculation; count + 問題 = problem; question]
  • wo — (direct object marker)
  • 解く toku — to solve; to answer
  • のは no wa — it is ~ that… [this, ending with the copula, indicates some important information is coming. The “no” is an indefinite pronoun that replaces a person, place, or thing. In this case you can think of it as: as for this THING of solving this math problem…]
  • 赤子 akago — baby
  • ~no — (possessive)
  • te — hand
  • ひねる hineru — to twist; to turn
  • よう you — just like; like
  • da — plain form of desu

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