舟に刻みて剣を求む

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ふね
Grade: S
きざ
Grade: 6
けん
Grade: S
もと
Grade: 4

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese 刻舟求劍.

Idiom[edit]

舟に刻みて剣を求む (hiragana ふねにきざみてけんをもとむ, rōmaji fune ni kizamite ken o motomu)

  1. Foolish it is to ignore that times are changing. Lit. It is pointless to carve a mark on ship where a sword was dropped into the sea, in the hope of finding the sword later near that carving.

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