七転八起

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

七転 (shichiten, or nanakorobi, “tumbling seven times”, ≅ a lot of troubles) + 八起 (hakki, or yaoki, “standing up eight times”, ≅ bearing up and to keep trying).

Idiom[edit]

七転八起 (hiragana しちてんはっき/ななころびやおき, romaji shichiten hakki/nanakorobi yaoki)

  1. It is an encouragement to keep going no matter how tough it is.
  2. Life has its ups and downs.
  3. Someone's life with stormy vicissitudes.

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