切磋琢磨

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Chinese[edit]

to cut and polish to carve and polish; to polish and refine a literary work
simp. and trad.
(切磋琢磨)
切磋 琢磨
variant forms 切瑳琢磨

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

切磋琢磨

  1. (original meaning) to carve and polish (bones, horns, ivory and jade)
  2. (figuratively) to learn by exchanging ideas and experiences; friendly competition; improvement by learning from others

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
せつ > せっ
Grade: 2

Hyōgaiji
たく
Jinmeiyō

Grade: S
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese 切磋琢磨.

Noun[edit]

切磋琢磨 (hiragana せっさたくま, rōmaji sessatakuma)

  1. applying oneself and studying hard to cultivate oneself
  2. Friendly competition, improving oneself by learning from others.

Verb[edit]

切磋琢磨する (suru conjugation, hiragana せっさたくまする, rōmaji sessatakuma suru)

  1. apply oneself and study hard to improve oneself
  2. Try to improve by learning from others, apply oneself to closely to someone.

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