駆け引き

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S

Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 駆け (kake, noun stem form of verb 駆ける (kakeru), 'to press on, to run') +‎ 引き (hiki, noun stem form of verb 引く (hiku), 'to pull, to draw'): "running forward, pulling back".

Noun[edit]

駆け引き (hiragana かけひき, romaji kakehiki)

  1. (military): The advance and retreat of troops: tactics.
    あの大名 (だいみょう) (いくさ) () ()がうまかった。
    ano daimyō wa ikusa no kakehiki ga umakatta.
    That daimyō was good at battle tactics.
  2. (business, general): Tricks or tactics in negotiations; bargaining or haggling for a good price; give and take.
     () ()上手 (じょうず) (ひと)
    kakehiki ga jōzu na hito
    a person good at bargaining: a good bargainer, someone who drives a hard bargain
     () ()なしで商売 (しょうばい)する
    kakehiki nashi de shōbai suru
    to do business without haggling, to do business fair and square
     (こい) () ()
    koi no kakehiki
    the give and take or maneuverings of love

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