久しぶり!

It’s been a while since my last 四字熟語 post. I think I’m going to try to switch up the style of these posts from now on.  This includes sharing where exactly I find the 四字熟語, as well as more nice looking formatting. I’ll also try to keep to a normal weekly schedule from now on, but of course that depends on how often I come across new 四字熟語.  Well, let’s get to it!

This week’s 四字熟語 is 四苦八苦。

 

Where the Heck…?

I found this while reading an article for my Japanese Reading class.  The sentence, sans context, reads as follows:

同時に、幾何の問題で四苦八苦している中学生が、友人から補助線を引いてもらって、まがりなりに答案が書けたような気にもなった。

 

Breakin’ it Down

四苦八苦

し・く・はっ・く

four-suffering-eight-suffering

Basically, this means a lot of suffering/not so fun effort.

The definition given over at the Japanese Yahoo Online Dictionary is as follows: 非常に苦労、また、苦悩すること。

非常に(ひ・じょう)extremely

苦労(く・ろう)hardship(s);

苦悩(く・のう)agony; suffering

 

Examples:

The examples my 電子辞書 provide are as follows:

借金に四苦八苦する – be struggling with debts

仕事が多くて四苦八苦している – I’m up to my neck in work.

四苦八苦して小説を書き上げた – He sweated blood to finish writing the novel.

破産して四苦八苦の有り様だ – I’ve gone bankrupt and am in dire straits.

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