Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Don't pull my leg!
There are a lot of idioms using a part of the body.
Today, I’m introducing you some idioms with “leg”.
Leg is "足 (ashi)" in Japanese.
① 足が重い (ashi ga omoi)
"The leg is heavy."
"I don’t want to go to the place but I have to go."
(ashita wa JLPT da, ashi ga omoiyo.)
"It will be the Japanese proficiency test tomorrow. I don’t want to go but I have to go."
② 足元にも及ばない （ashimoto nimo oyobanai）
“It doesn’t reach to even foot.”
“Someone is much greater than I am.”
This is often used for describing a humble attitude.
(shachoo wa gorufu ga ojoozu desune! watashi nante ashimoto nimo oyobimasenyo!)
“You are a great golf player, our president! I’m much worse than you!”
③ 足を引っ張る (ashi o hipparu)
“To pull someone’s leg”
“to interrupt someone’s success or career”
(Yoshida, ore no ashi o hipparanaide kure.)
“Yoshida, don't interrupt my career."
Does your language have same or similar expressions using legs?