Spear-spine spirit


Literally: neck / head – tail – one – pierce

Alternately: Seeing something through from beginning to end without any change in attitude. Consistency in principles, execution of a project, etc. Although the idea might seem negative to those who value flexibility, the connotation for this compound is positive.

Notes: Compare 終始一貫 (among many synonymous phrases); contrast 支離滅裂.


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About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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