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Jucchū Hakku (十中八九 – Ten to One)

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    Jucchū Hakku


    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)

    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.

    In other words, it means that the possibility is 80% to 90%.

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

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