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If you beat it, dust will come

Field of Dreams reference, right? Right! 叩けば埃が出る (Tatakeba hokori ga deru; “If you strike it, dust will come out.”) Definition: No matter how much you smooth over the surface of something and make it presentable, closer inspection will reveal flaws; … Continue reading

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On how to make a mountain

A variation on a theme: 塵も積もれば山となる (Chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru; “Even dust, if it builds up, becomes a mountain”) Definition: Small things, allowed to accumulate, become large. Multiple sources reference the English saying “Many a little makes a … Continue reading

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