船頭多くして船山に登る

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
せん
Grade: 2
とう > どう
Grade: 2
おお
Grade: 2
ふね
Grade: 2
やま
Grade: 1
のぼ
Grade: 3

Etymology[edit]

Literally, the boat with many captains will be driven up a mountain.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [sẽ̞ndo̞ː o̞ːkɯ̟ᵝ ɕite̞ ɸɯ̟ᵝne̞ ja̠ma̠ ɲ̟i no̞bo̞ɾɯ̟ᵝ]

Idiom[edit]

(せん)(どう)(おお)くして(ふね)(やま)(のぼ) (sendō ōku shite fune yama ni noboru

  1. too many cooks spoil the broth