Tōge wo Kosu (峠を越す – Getting over the Hump)

  • Tōge wo Kosu


    Three days ago, I introduced the Japanese word tōge (峠), which means ‘mountain pass.”
    三日前、私は “mountain pass” を意味する「峠」という言葉を紹介しました。

    There is an idiom that uses this word — it is tōge wo kosu (峠を越す).

    Since kosu (越す) means “over,” the literal meaning of tōge wo kosu is “(cross) over a mountain pass.”
    「越す」は “over” を意味するので、「峠を越す」の文字どおりの意味は “over a mountain pass” となります。

    Of course, this idiom can be used to express its literal meaning.

    In addition, since tōge implies a crisis, tōge wo kosu can also mean to get over or pass a crisis term/status/situation.

    You can translate it into English as “get over the hump.”

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