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Hana ga Magaru (鼻が曲がる – Bad Smelling)

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    Hana ga Magaru


    These days, I have written about Japanese idioms that use “nose.”

    Today, I would like to talk about ‘hana ga magaru‘ (鼻が曲がる).

    Since ‘hana‘ (鼻) means “nose” and ‘magaru‘ (曲がる) means “to be bent,” the literal meaning of this idiom is “one’s nose is bent.”
    「鼻」は “nose”、「曲がる」は “to be bent” を意味するので、「鼻が曲がる」の文字どおりの意味は “one’s nose is bent” となります。

    Actually, ‘hana ga magaru’ can express that there is a terrible odor.

    This comes from the fact when someone notices a bad odor, his/her nose would get distorted.

    [Example sentence]

    Kono yasai wa hana ga magaru youna nioi da (この野菜は鼻が曲がるような臭いだ – This vegetable has an awful smell).

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