Kyūshi ni Isshō wo Eru (九死に一生を得る – Having a Narrow Escape)

  • Kyūshi ni Isshō wo Eru


    Have you ever survived a critical situation where the chances of survival were meager?

    In such a situation, you can use the Japanese phrase kyūshi ni isshō wo eru (九死に一生を得る).

    Since kyū (九) means “nine,” shi (死) means “death,” i/ichi (一) means “one,” shō (生) means “life,” and eru (得る) means “to get,” the literal meaning of this phrase is “to get one’s life out of nine deaths.”
    「九」は “nine”、「死」は “death”、「一」は “one”、「生」は “life”、「得る」は “to get” を意味するので、「九死に一生を得る」の文字どおりの意味は “to get one life out of nine deaths” となります。

    In other words, if the same situation were to occur ten times, you would be dead nine times and survive only once. It is miraculous that you survived this time.

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