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Sune wo Kajiru

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom “sune wo kajiru.”


    “Sune” means “shin”, “kajiru” means “to bite”, and this idiom describes that children cannot be economically independent, and lives depending on their parents.

    (Here, “sune” (shin) implies “oya no sune” (parents’ shins), so this idiom is also often referred to as “oya no sune wo kajiru.”)

    Since shins are important part that support people, they are sometimes used as a synonym for “labor”.

    That is to say, this idiom expresses that children bite (depend on) their parents’ labor forces.

    By the way, I was biting my parents’ shins until I graduated from my doctoral course.

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