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Vocabulary Lists Four-Character Japanese Idiom: Yojijukugo 3
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Four-Character Japanese Idiom: Yojijukugo 3

四つの漢字で表す熟語 : 四字熟語 3
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at one swoop
一網打尽 一網打尽
いちもうだじん
ichimõdajin
at one swoop
in all probability
十中八九 十中八九
じゅっちゅうはっく
jutchūhakku
in all probability
have one's back against the wall
絶体絶命 絶体絶命
ぜったいぜつめい
zettaizetsumei
have one's back against the wall
unanimously
異口同音 異口同音
いくどうおん
ikudōon
unanimously
be scenic
風光明媚 風光明媚
ふうこうめいび
fūkōmeibi
be scenic
everything is transient
諸行無常 諸行無常
しょぎょうむじょう
shogyōmujō
everything is transient
draw water to one's mill
我田引水 我田引水
がでんいんすい
gaden'insui
draw water to one's mill
make snap decisions
即断即決 即断即決
そくだんそっけつ
sokudansokketsu
make snap decisions
be forsaken or
四面楚歌 四面楚歌
しめんそか
shimensoka
be forsaken or
be groundless
事実無根 事実無根
じじつむこん
jijitsumukon
be groundless
overeat and overdrink
暴飲暴食 暴飲暴食
ぼういんぼうしょく
bōinbōshoku
overeat and overdrink
every moment is precious
一刻千金 一刻千金
いっこくせんきん
ikkokusenkin
every moment is precious
legitimate reason
大義名分 大義名分
たいぎめいぶん
taigimeibun
legitimate reason
run around everywhere
東奔西走 東奔西走
とうほんせいそう
tõhonseisõ
run around everywhere
ask the impossible
無理難題 無理難題
むりなんだい
murinandai
ask the impossible
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September 2nd, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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Jared san,
Konnichiwa.

Yes, that means “selfish.”
Examples are

そんな自己中心的な考えは、我田引水というものだ
He expresses selfish views, as usual.

我田引水のようですが, 小生が最近出した本は問題の解明に大いに役立つと信じます.
Though I say it myself, the book I’ve just published will, I believe, do a lot to clarify the issue.

英語の教師が言うと我田引水のようですが, わが国において英語教育は今後ますますその重要性を増すことと思います.
Though this may sound like special pleading, coming from someone who is himself an English teacher, I think the teaching of English will become more important in this country.

Yuki 由紀
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Jared
August 31st, 2015 at 2:07 am
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I’m not really sure what 我田引水 means in English? Does it mean selfish? How would i use it?