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Hame wo Hazusu (羽目を外す – Getting Carried Away)

  • Hame wo Hazusu


    Have you ever had too much fun and let yourself get carried away?

    Such an act is called “hame wo hazusu” (羽目を外す) in Japan.

    It is said that the “hame” of “hame wo hazusu” comes from “hami/hame” (馬銜), which is a rod-like metal harness that is used to control horses.

    If you take the hame off from a horse (“hazusu” means to take something off), the horse will act freely and you won’t able to control it.

    Because of this, “hame wo hazusu” (taking a harness off) has come to have the current meaning.

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