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Back to back they faced each other

面従腹背 men.juu.fuku.hai Literally: face/mask – obey – belly – back/defy Alternately: Putting on a show of obeying or going along with someone while secretly opposing or resisting them, at least mentally. This defiance will likely manifest eventually, but as long … Continue reading

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Same difference, amirite?

…or perhaps different similarities…. 大同小異 dai.dou.shou.i Literally: big – same – small – different Alternately: Generally similar. The similarities between things outweigh their differences. Although the things being compared may differ in a number of details, the broad strokes are … Continue reading

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