Mi wo Ko ni Suru (身を粉にする – Working Hard)

  • Mi wo Ko ni Suru


    I am working while mi wo ko ni suru/shite (身を粉にする/して).

    Since mi (身) means “body” and ko/kona (粉) means “powder,” the literal meaning of mi wo ko ni suru is “to grind one’s body into powder.”
    「身」は “body”、「粉」は “powder” を意味するので、「身を粉にする」の文字どおりの意味は “to grind one’s body into powder” です。

    This idiom expresses that someone works as hard as the body becomes powdery.

    It is often used as mi wo ko ni shite hataraku (身を粉にして働く “to work one’s finger to the bone”) by adding the verb hataraku (働く – “to work”).
    “To work” を意味する「働く」をつけて、「身を粉にして働く」のように使われることが多いです。

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