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Ageashi wo Toru (揚げ足を取る – Catching Someone Tripping)

  • In most cases, people don’t like a person who often blame or tell a joke about someone’s minor mistake or fluff.


    Such an action is called “ageashi wo toru” (揚げ足を取る) or “ageashi tori” (揚げ足取り) in Japan.

    The literal meaning of “ageashi wo toru” is “picking a raised foot up.”

    Here, “ageashi,” which was translated into “a raised foot,” refers to a foot when attacking an opponent in judo or sumo.

    If you pick someone’s raised foot up, you can defeat him/her, so “ageashi wo toru” has come to the current meaning.

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