Jucchū Hakku (十中八九 – Ten to One)


  • Jucchū Hakku

    十中八九


    To express that possibility is high or something is most likely to happen, you can use the four-character idiom ‘jucchū hakku‘ (十中八九)
    可能性の高やほとんど確実であることを表す四字熟語に「十中八九」があります。

    Ju/jū‘ (十) means “ten,” ‘chū‘ (中) means “in” or “inside,” ‘ha/hachi‘ (八) means “eight,” and ‘ku/kyū‘ (九) means “nine.”
    「十」は “ten”、「中」は “in/inside”、「八」は “eight”、「九」は “nine” を意味します。

    That is to say, ‘jucchū hakku’ means that the possibility is eight or nine when the total of the possibility is ten.
    すなわち「十中八九」とは、可能性の全体を10としたとき、8か9でそれが起こるということを表します。

    In other words, it means that the possibility is 80% to 90%.
    言い換えると、可能性が「80%~90%」というわけです。

    [Example] ‘Ashita wa jucchū hakku hareru‘ (明日は十中八九晴れる – “Ten to one it will be fine tomorrow.”)
    【例文】明日は十中八九晴れる。

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