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Hot air rises

意気揚揚i.ki.you.you Literally: mind/heart – spirit – raise – raise Alternately: In high spirits; triumphant, elated… by extension, boastful; proud unto arrogance; full of oneself. Often used with the ironic or critical nuance that someone’s inflated self-esteem is not actually in … Continue reading

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Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside?

内柔外剛 nai.juu.gai.gou Literally: inside – soft/weak/gentle – outside – sturdy/strong Alternately: Acting tough but actually timid. Seeming strong but actually weak. “A lion abroad and a mouse at home.” Notes: This is a negative saying. It describes bullies, North Korea, … Continue reading

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