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Hand Idioms Part I

Two idioms using 手 hands. With Audio

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This is the first in a series of Body Part Idioms. Listen to the idiom and then study the example sentence.

Two idoms using the hand


手心を加える
(てごころをくわえる)




use one’s discretion; pull one’s punches; take it easy on someone

あいつが卒業試験に合格するなんて、先生が手心を加えたに違いない。



aitsu ga sotsugyoushiken ni goukaku suru nante, sensei ga tegokoro o kuwaeta ni chigainai.
For that bonehead to have passed his graduation exam, the teachers must have looked the other way.

あいつ aitsu—that guy (slang)
卒業試験 sotsugyou shiken—graduation test
合格 goukaku—passing (a test); success
なんて nante—such as… (exclamation)
先生 sensei—teacher
手心 tegokoro—discretion; consideration
加える kuwaeru—to append; to add; to increase
~に違いない ~ni chigainai—without doubt


手鍋さげても
(てなべさげても)




even if it means living in poverty

手鍋さげても、あなたと結婚したい。



tenabe sagetemo, anata to kekkon shitai
Even if it means living in the humblest of cottages (with only a pot and a pan), I want to marry you.

手鍋 te nabe—a pan with a handle
さげても sagetemo—even if (we are) reduced to… [下げる] あなたと anata to—with you
結婚 kekkon—marry
したい shitai—want to (marry)

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