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
goon kan’on
Alternative spelling 七顛八起

Etymology[edit]

Short form of 七転び八起き (nana korobi ya oki, literally seven tumbles, eight stand ups).

Seven tumbles commonly infers to “a lot of troubles” while standing up eight times is congruent to “bearing up and to keep trying”.

Proverb[edit]

(しち)(てん)(はっ)() (shichiten hakki

  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

Verb[edit]

(しち)(てん)(はっ)()する (shichiten hakki surusuru (stem (しち)(てん)(はっ)() (shichiten hakki shi), past (しち)(てん)(はっ)()した (shichiten hakki shita))

  1. to stand up for oneself even in multiple instances of failure or in difficult situations

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References[edit]

  1. 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN