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Hand Idioms Part II

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Japanese is a language full of fun idioms. Let’s explore a few Body Part Idioms using the Hand.

These two idioms are perhaps the most useful ‘hand’ idioms in Japanese.

手がいっぱい to have one’s hands full; be up to here (with something); busy
手に入れる to obtain; get; come by…
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Japanese is a language full of fun idioms. Let’s explore a few Body Part Idioms using the Hand.

These two idioms are perhaps the most useful ‘hand’ idioms in Japanese.

Listen to the idiom and then study the example sentence.


手がいっぱい
(てがいっぱい)




to have one’s hands full; be up to here (with something); busy

手がいっぱいで、今はなにもできません。



te ga ippai de, ima wa nani mo dekimasen.
My hands are full; I can’t do anything right now.

いっぱい ippai—full; lots
ima—now
なにも nani mo—nothing [ends with negative verb (dekimasen)] できません dekimasen—can’t do (anything)


手に入れる
(てにいれる)




to obtain; get; come by…

長年ほしかったアンティーク品を手に入れた。



naganen hoshikatta anti-ku hin o te ni ireta.
I got my hands on an antique that I’ve wanted for years.

長年 naganen—a long time; many years
ほしかった hoshikatta—wanted
アンティーク品 anti-ku hin—an antique object
入れた ireta—put something into something

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