能ある鷹は爪を隠す

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
のう
Grade: 5
たか
Jinmeiyō
つめ
Grade: S
かく
Grade: S

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, “The skilled hawk hides its talons.” Compare English hide one's light under a bushel and keep one's cards close to one's chest.

Idiom[edit]

能ある鷹は爪を隠す (hiragana のうあるたかはつめをかくす, rōmaji nō aru taka wa tsume o kakusu)

  1. (idiomatic) To hold back.