Tenohira wo Kaesu (手のひらを返す – Turning a 180)

  • Tenohira wo Kaesu


    I often find people who do an act called tenohira wo kaesu (手のひらを返す).

    Since tenohira (手のひら/掌) means “palm” and kaesu (返す) means “to turn something over,” the literal meaning of tenohira wo kaesu is “to turn over one’s palm.”
    「手のひら」は “palm”、「返す」は “to turn something over” を意味するので、「手のひらを返す」の文字どおりの意味は “to turn one’s palm over” となります。

    Actually, this idiom means to make a 180-degree turn in attitude or wording because of some events.

    Originally, it was used to mean that something is easy to change, but later, this came to be used to indicate human’s behavior.

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