ippai ippai (いっぱいいっぱい – Having One’s Hands Full)

  • Ippai Ippai


    I have been in a state called ‘ippai ippai‘ (いっぱいいっぱい).

    ‘Ippai ippai’ means that there is almost no time to do something or something has reached the limitation.

    Ippai‘ (いっぱい) is written as 一杯 in kanji — ‘i/ichi‘ (一) means “one” and ‘pai/hai‘ (杯) means “cup” or “bowl,” so the literal meaning of the combination is “a cup of something” or “a bowl of something.”
    「いっぱい」を漢字で書くと「一杯」であり、「一」は “one”、「杯」は “cup” や “bowl” を意味するので、「一杯」の文字どおりの意味は “a cup of something” や “a bowl of something” となります。

    In addition, the characters 一杯 can mean that a cup/bowl is full of something.

    That is to say, ‘ippai ippai’ implies that such a state of limit.

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