豚に真珠

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 3 Grade: S

Etymology[edit]

+‎ +‎ 真珠, a calque of English cast pearls before swine[1].

Idiom[edit]

豚に真珠 (hiragana ぶたにしんじゅ, romaji buta ni shinju)

  1. (idiomatic) "pearls to swine" → To cast pearls before swine.

Usage notes[edit]

Traditional equivalent is 猫に小判 (neko ni koban, gold coins to cats).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kodansha’s Dictionary of Basic Japanese Idioms, by Jeff Garrison, Kodansha, p. 42