能ある鷹は爪を隠す

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 Jinmeiyō Grade: S Grade: S

Idiom[edit]

能ある鷹は爪を隠す (hiragana のうあるたかはつめをかくす, romaji nō aru taka wa tsume o kakusu)

  1. (idiomatic) To hold back. Literally, “The wise hawk hides its talons.”
    Compare hide one's light under a bushel and keep one's cards close to one's chest.