七転八起

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しち
Grade: 1
てん
Grade: 3
はち > はっ
Grade: 1

Grade: 3
Kanji in this term
なな
Grade: 1
ころ(び)
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
お(き)
Grade: 3

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, romaji shichitenhakki)
七転八起 ‎(hiragana ななころびやおき, romaji nanakorobiyaoki)

  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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