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There are 94 total results for your hard work search.

Characters Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin lèi // lěi / lei4 // lei3
Taiwan lei
Japanese rui / るい
Chinese tired; weary; to strain; to wear out; to work hard; to accumulate; to involve or implicate (Taiwan pr. [lei4]); continuous; repeated
Japanese trouble; evil influence; implication; involvement; (female given name) Rui; (female given name) Kasane
To tie; accumulate; repeatedly; to implicate, involve; fetters

刻苦

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Mandarin kè kǔ / ke4 ku3
Taiwan k`o k`u / ko ku
Japanese kokku / こっく
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese hardworking; assiduous
Japanese (noun/participle) hard work
to work hard; to work hard

努力

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Mandarin nǔ lì / nu3 li4
Taiwan nu li
Japanese doryoku / どりょく
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese great effort; to strive; to try hard
Japanese (noun/participle) effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; hard work; striving; (surname) Nuriki
to strive

練功


练功

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Mandarin liàn gōng / lian4 gong1
Taiwan lien kung
Japanese renkou / renko / れんこう
Chinese to practice work skill
Japanese {MA} skills acquired through hard training; feats of practice

刻苦耐勞


刻苦耐劳

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Mandarin kè kǔ nài láo / ke4 ku3 nai4 lao2
Taiwan k`o k`u nai lao / ko ku nai lao
Chinese to bear hardships and work hard (idiom); assiduous and long-suffering; hard-working and capable of overcoming adversity

劇務

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Japanese gekimu / げきむ Japanese exhausting work; hard work; severe duty

力爭


力争

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Mandarin lì zhēng / li4 zheng1
Taiwan li cheng
Chinese to work hard for; to do all one can; to contend strongly

勞苦


劳苦

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Mandarin láo kǔ / lao2 ku3
Taiwan lao k`u / lao ku
Japanese rōku
Chinese to toil; hard work
exhaustion

奮戰


奋战

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Mandarin fèn zhàn / fen4 zhan4
Taiwan fen chan
Chinese to fight bravely; (fig.) to struggle; to work hard

打拼

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Mandarin dǎ pīn / da3 pin1
Taiwan ta p`in / ta pin
Chinese to work hard; to try to make a living

扱く

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Japanese shigoku;shigoku / しごく;シゴく    koku / こく Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (しごく only) (kana only) to draw through one's hand; to stroke (e.g. a beard); (2) (しごく only) (kana only) to work someone hard; (v5k,vi) (3) (kana only) (usu. シゴく) to masturbate; (transitive verb) to thresh; to strip

操勞


操劳

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Mandarin cāo láo / cao1 lao2
Taiwan ts`ao lao / tsao lao
Chinese to work hard; to look after

末に

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Japanese sueni / すえに Japanese (adverb) (1) (used after long, hard work) (See のちに) finally; after; following; (2) (with noun, e.g. 来週の末に) at the end (of)

激務

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Japanese gekimu / げきむ Japanese exhausting work; hard work; severe duty

無理


无理

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Mandarin wú lǐ / wu2 li3
Taiwan wu li
Japanese muri / むり
Chinese irrational; unreasonable
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) unreasonable; unnatural; unjustifiable; (2) impossible; (adj-na,n,vs) (3) (often as 無理に) forcible; forced; compulsory; (adjectival noun) (4) excessive (work, etc.); immoderate; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (5) to work too hard; to try too hard; (interjection) (6) (colloquialism) no way; not a chance; never; dream on; (can be adjective with の) (7) {math} irrational; (female given name) Muri
no principle

爭氣


争气

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Mandarin zhēng qì / zheng1 qi4
Taiwan cheng ch`i / cheng chi
Chinese to work hard for something; to resolve on improvement; determined not to fall short

發奮


发奋

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Mandarin fā fèn / fa1 fen4
Taiwan fa fen
Chinese to make an effort; to push for something; to work hard

稼ぐ

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Japanese kasegu / かせぐ Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to earn (income); to make (money); (2) to score (points, victory); to gain (time); to play (for time); (v5g,vi) (3) to work hard (at one's job); to labor; to labour; to toil

苦力

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Mandarin kǔ lì / ku3 li4
Taiwan k`u li / ku li
Japanese kuurii(p);kurii(ik) / kuri(p);kuri(ik) / クーリー(P);クリー(ik)
Chinese bitter work; hard toil; (loanword) coolie, unskilled Chinese laborer in colonial times
Japanese (kana only) coolie (chi: kuli)

苦功

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Mandarin kǔ gōng / ku3 gong1
Taiwan k`u kung / ku kung
Chinese hard work; laborious effort; painstaking work

苦勞


苦劳

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Mandarin kǔ láo / ku3 lao2
Taiwan k`u lao / ku lao
Japanese kurou / kuro / くろう
Chinese toil; hard work
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (adj-na,n,vs) troubles; hardships

苦幹


苦干

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Mandarin kǔ gàn / ku3 gan4
Taiwan k`u kan / ku kan
Chinese to work hard

苦心

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Mandarin kǔ xīn / ku3 xin1
Taiwan k`u hsin / ku hsin
Japanese kushin / くしん
Chinese painstaking effort; to take a lot of trouble; laborious at pains
Japanese (noun/participle) pains; hard work; effort; trouble; labour; labor

苦練


苦练

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Mandarin kǔ liàn / ku3 lian4
Taiwan k`u lien / ku lien
Chinese to train hard; to practice diligently; hard work; blood, sweat, and tears

辛苦

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Mandarin xīn kǔ / xin1 ku3
Taiwan hsin k`u / hsin ku
Japanese shinku / しんく
Chinese exhausting; hard; tough; arduous; to work hard; to go to a lot of trouble; hardship(s)
Japanese (noun/participle) hardship; toil; trouble

一仕事

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Japanese hitoshigoto / ひとしごと Japanese (noun/participle) (1) task; (doing a) bit of work; (2) difficult task; hard work

力めて

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Japanese tsutomete / つとめて Japanese (adverb) (1) as much as possible; as far as possible; to the best of one's ability; diligently; (expression) (2) make an effort!; work hard!

努めて

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Japanese tsutomete / つとめて Japanese (adverb) (1) as much as possible; as far as possible; to the best of one's ability; diligently; (expression) (2) make an effort!; work hard!

勉めて

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Japanese tsutomete / つとめて Japanese (adverb) (1) as much as possible; as far as possible; to the best of one's ability; diligently; (expression) (2) make an effort!; work hard!

勤しむ

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Japanese isoshimu / いそしむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (kana only) to work hard at; to devote oneself to; to be diligent in

報える

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Japanese kotaeru / こたえる Japanese (v1,vi) (1) to respond; to answer; to meet (e.g. demands, expectations); (2) to affect; to take a toll; to strike home; to have an effect on; to be hard on someone (e.g. heat, cold, work, illness, etc.); to be a strain

徹える

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Japanese kotaeru / こたえる Japanese (v1,vi) to affect; to take a toll; to strike home; to have an effect on; to be hard on someone (e.g. heat, cold, work, illness, etc.); to be a strain

応える

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Japanese kotaeru / こたえる Japanese (v1,vi) (1) to respond; to answer; to meet (e.g. demands, expectations); (2) to affect; to take a toll; to strike home; to have an effect on; to be hard on someone (e.g. heat, cold, work, illness, etc.); to be a strain

扱使う

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Japanese kokitsukau / こきつかう Japanese (transitive verb) to work (someone) hard; to push (someone) around

荒仕事

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Japanese arashigoto / あらしごと Japanese rough work; hard work

荒働き

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Japanese arabataraki / あらばたらき Japanese (See あらしごと) hard work; rough physical labour

鳳凰男


凤凰男

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Mandarin fèng huáng nán / feng4 huang2 nan2
Taiwan feng huang nan
Chinese (Internet slang) guy who grew up in the countryside and gained a foothold in the city through hard work

こき使う

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Japanese kokitsukau / こきつかう Japanese (transitive verb) to work (someone) hard; to push (someone) around

ひと仕事

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Japanese hitoshigoto / ひとしごと Japanese (noun/participle) (1) task; (doing a) bit of work; (2) difficult task; hard work

任勞任怨


任劳任怨

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Mandarin rèn láo rèn yuàn / ren4 lao2 ren4 yuan4
Taiwan jen lao jen yüan
Chinese to work hard without complaint (idiom)

使い回す

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Japanese tsukaimawasu / つかいまわす Japanese (Godan verb with "su" ending) (1) to use one thing for several purposes; to use the same thing on multiple occasions; (2) to work someone hard; to order around; to boss

俾夜作晝


俾夜作昼

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Mandarin bǐ yè zuò zhòu / bi3 ye4 zuo4 zhou4
Taiwan pi yeh tso chou
Chinese lit. to make night as day (idiom); fig. to burn the midnight oil; work especially hard

做牛做馬


做牛做马

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Mandarin zuò niú zuò mǎ / zuo4 niu2 zuo4 ma3
Taiwan tso niu tso ma
Chinese lit. to work like an ox, to work like a horse; fig. to work extremely hard

勞心勞力


劳心劳力

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Mandarin láo xīn láo lì / lao2 xin1 lao2 li4
Taiwan lao hsin lao li
Chinese to tax one's mind and body; demanding (work); dedicated (worker); hard-working

勞而無功


劳而无功

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Mandarin láo ér wú gōng / lao2 er2 wu2 gong1
Taiwan lao erh wu kung
Chinese to work hard while accomplishing little; to toil to no avail

勤倹力行

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Japanese kinkenrikkou / kinkenrikko / きんけんりっこう Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) work hard and practice frugality

勤儉建國


勤俭建国

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Mandarin qín jiǎn jiàn guó / qin2 jian3 jian4 guo2
Taiwan ch`in chien chien kuo / chin chien chien kuo
Chinese to build up the country through thrift and hard work (idiom)

勤儉起家


勤俭起家

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Mandarin qín jiǎn qǐ jiā / qin2 jian3 qi3 jia1
Taiwan ch`in chien ch`i chia / chin chien chi chia
Chinese to rise up by thrift and hard work (idiom)

千錘百鍊


千锤百炼

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Mandarin qiān chuí bǎi liàn / qian1 chui2 bai3 lian4
Taiwan ch`ien ch`ui pai lien / chien chui pai lien
Chinese after hard work and numerous revisions (idiom); the vicissitudes of life

反裘負芻


反裘负刍

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Mandarin fǎn qiú fù chú / fan3 qiu2 fu4 chu2
Taiwan fan ch`iu fu ch`u / fan chiu fu chu
Chinese lit. to wear one's coat inside out and carry firewood on one's back (idiom); fig. to live a life of poverty and hard work; fig. to act stupidly

取っ組む

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Japanese tokkumu / とっくむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (1) to grapple with; to wrestle with; to engage in a bout; to be matched against; (2) to tackle (e.g. a problem); to come to grips with; to work hard on

夙興夜寐


夙兴夜寐

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Mandarin sù xīng yè mèi / su4 xing1 ye4 mei4
Taiwan su hsing yeh mei
Chinese to rise early and sleep late (idiom); to work hard; to study diligently; to burn the candle at both ends

將勤補絀


将勤补绌

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Mandarin jiāng qín bǔ chù / jiang1 qin2 bu3 chu4
Taiwan chiang ch`in pu ch`u / chiang chin pu chu
Chinese to compensate for lack of ability through hard work (idiom)

打翻身仗

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Mandarin dǎ fān shēn zhàng / da3 fan1 shen1 zhang4
Taiwan ta fan shen chang
Chinese to work hard towards a turnaround; to fight to reverse something

扱き使う

see styles
Japanese kokitsukau / こきつかう Japanese (transitive verb) to work (someone) hard; to push (someone) around

拼死拼活

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Mandarin pīn sǐ pīn huó / pin1 si3 pin1 huo2
Taiwan p`in ssu p`in huo / pin ssu pin huo
Chinese one's utmost; (to fight or work) desperately hard; to put up a life or death struggle; at all costs

汗を流す

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Japanese aseonagasu / あせをながす Japanese (exp,v5s) (1) to work hard; to sweat; (2) to wash off one's sweat

笨鳥先飛


笨鸟先飞

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Mandarin bèn niǎo xiān fēi / ben4 niao3 xian1 fei1
Taiwan pen niao hsien fei
Chinese lit. the clumsy bird flies early (idiom); fig. to work hard to compensate for one's limited abilities

粒々辛苦

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Japanese ryuuryuushinku / ryuryushinku / りゅうりゅうしんく Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) toil and moil; working assiduously for; tireless hard work; painstaking labor (labour)

粒粒辛苦

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Japanese ryuuryuushinku / ryuryushinku / りゅうりゅうしんく Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) toil and moil; working assiduously for; tireless hard work; painstaking labor (labour)

精が出る

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Japanese seigaderu / segaderu / せいがでる Japanese (exp,v1) to work hard; to make an effort

精を出す

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Japanese seiodasu / seodasu / せいをだす Japanese (exp,v5s) to work hard; to work diligently

脫皮掉肉


脱皮掉肉

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Mandarin tuō pí diào ròu / tuo1 pi2 diao4 rou4
Taiwan t`o p`i tiao jou / to pi tiao jou
Chinese lit. to shed skin, drop flesh; to work as hard as possible; to work one's butt off

苦心孤詣


苦心孤诣

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Mandarin kǔ xīn gū yì / ku3 xin1 gu1 yi4
Taiwan k`u hsin ku i / ku hsin ku i
Chinese to make painstaking efforts (idiom); after much trouble; to work hard at something

閉門覓句


闭门觅句

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Mandarin bì mén mì jù / bi4 men2 mi4 ju4
Taiwan pi men mi chü
Chinese lit. lock the door and search for the right word (idiom); fig. the serious hard work of writing

開足馬力


开足马力

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Mandarin kāi zú mǎ lì / kai1 zu2 ma3 li4
Taiwan k`ai tsu ma li / kai tsu ma li
Chinese to accelerate at full power (idiom); at full speed; fig. to work as hard as possible

陣中見舞

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Japanese jinchuumimai / jinchumimai / じんちゅうみまい Japanese (yoji) visiting soldiers at the front to provide comfort; visit to (gift for) persons hard at work as a sign of support

齊心合力


齐心合力

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Mandarin qí xīn hé lì / qi2 xin1 he2 li4
Taiwan ch`i hsin ho li / chi hsin ho li
Chinese to work as one (idiom); united in a concerted effort; working hard together

人一倍働く

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Japanese hitoichibaihataraku / ひといちばいはたらく Japanese (Godan verb with "ku" ending) to work twice as hard as others

使いまわす

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Japanese tsukaimawasu / つかいまわす Japanese (Godan verb with "su" ending) (1) to use one thing for several purposes; to use the same thing on multiple occasions; (2) to work someone hard; to order around; to boss

劇務;激務

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Japanese gekimu / げきむ Japanese exhausting work; hard work; severe duty

勉強に励む

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Japanese benkyounihagemu / benkyonihagemu / べんきょうにはげむ Japanese (exp,v5m) to work hard at one's lessons

縁の下の舞

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Japanese ennoshitanomai / えんのしたのまい Japanese (exp,n) (1) (idiom) hard work gone unnoticed; thankless task; a dance under a veranda; (2) (orig. meaning) off-stage dance that used to be performed on the 22th of the 2nd month in the lunar calendar in Osaka's Tennouji

陣中見舞い

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Japanese jinchuumimai / jinchumimai / じんちゅうみまい Japanese (yoji) visiting soldiers at the front to provide comfort; visit to (gift for) persons hard at work as a sign of support

こつこつ働く

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Japanese kotsukotsuhataraku / こつこつはたらく Japanese (exp,v5k) to work hard; to toil; to moil; to keep one's nose to the grindstone; to slug away

コツコツ働く

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Japanese kotsukotsuhataraku / コツコツはたらく Japanese (exp,v5k) to work hard; to toil; to moil; to keep one's nose to the grindstone; to slug away

ハードワーク

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Japanese haadowaaku / hadowaku / ハードワーク Japanese hard work

ご苦労;御苦労

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Japanese gokurou / gokuro / ごくろう Japanese (1) (polite language) (See 苦労・1) trouble (I have put you through); (your) hard work; (expression) (2) (See ご苦労さま) thank you for your hard work; I appreciate your efforts

ハード・ワーク

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Japanese haado waaku / hado waku / ハード・ワーク Japanese hard work

切磋琢磨し合う

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Japanese sessatakumashiau / せっさたくましあう Japanese (exp,v5u) to work hard together; to be in a state of friendly rivalry

一仕事;ひと仕事

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Japanese hitoshigoto / ひとしごと Japanese (noun/participle) (1) task; (doing a) bit of work; (2) difficult task; hard work

百日の説法屁一つ

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Japanese hyakunichinoseppouhehitotsu / hyakunichinoseppohehitotsu / ひゃくにちのせっぽうへひとつ Japanese (expression) (proverb) a single mistake can ruin all one's hard work; one blunder can render useless a long period of effort; one fart in a hundred days' sermons

前人栽樹,後人乘涼


前人栽树,后人乘凉

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Mandarin qián rén zāi shù , hòu rén chéng liáng / qian2 ren2 zai1 shu4 , hou4 ren2 cheng2 liang2
Taiwan ch`ien jen tsai shu , hou jen ch`eng liang / chien jen tsai shu , hou jen cheng liang
Chinese to enjoy the benefits of the hard work of one's predecessors. (idiom)

粒々辛苦;粒粒辛苦

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Japanese ryuuryuushinku / ryuryushinku / りゅうりゅうしんく Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) toil and moil; working assiduously for; tireless hard work; painstaking labor (labour)

使い回す;使いまわす

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Japanese tsukaimawasu / つかいまわす Japanese (Godan verb with "su" ending) (1) to use one thing for several purposes; to use the same thing on multiple occasions; (2) to work someone hard; to order around; to boss

陣中見舞い;陣中見舞

see styles
Japanese jinchuumimai / jinchumimai / じんちゅうみまい Japanese (yoji) visiting soldiers at the front to provide comfort; visit to (gift for) persons hard at work as a sign of support

取り組む(P);取組む

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Japanese torikumu / とりくむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (1) to grapple with; to wrestle with; to engage in a bout; to be matched against; (2) to tackle (e.g. a problem); to come to grips with; to work hard on

只要功夫深,鐵杵磨成針


只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针

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Mandarin zhǐ yào gōng fu shēn , tiě chǔ mó chéng zhēn / zhi3 yao4 gong1 fu5 shen1 , tie3 chu3 mo2 cheng2 zhen1
Taiwan chih yao kung fu shen , t`ieh ch`u mo ch`eng chen / chih yao kung fu shen , tieh chu mo cheng chen
Chinese If you work at it hard enough, you can grind an iron bar into a needle.; cf idiom 磨杵成針|磨杵成针, to grind an iron bar down to a fine needle (idiom); fig. to persevere in a difficult task; to study diligently

こき使う;扱き使う;扱使う

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Japanese kokitsukau / こきつかう Japanese (transitive verb) to work (someone) hard; to push (someone) around

こつこつ働く;コツコツ働く

see styles
Japanese kotsukotsuhataraku(kotsukotsu働ku);kotsukotsuhataraku(kotsukotsu働ku) / こつこつはたらく(こつこつ働く);コツコツはたらく(コツコツ働く) Japanese (exp,v5k) to work hard; to toil; to moil; to keep one's nose to the grindstone; to slug away

ハードワーク;ハード・ワーク

see styles
Japanese haadowaaku;haado waaku / hadowaku;hado waku / ハードワーク;ハード・ワーク Japanese hard work

応える(P);報える;徹える

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Japanese kotaeru / こたえる Japanese (v1,vi) (1) (応える, 報える only) to respond; to answer; to meet (e.g. demands, expectations); (2) (sometimes 堪える) (See 堪える) to affect; to take a toll; to strike home; to have an effect on; to be hard on someone (e.g. heat, cold, work, illness, etc.); to be a strain

大変お世話になりありがとうございました

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Japanese taihenosewaninariarigatougozaimashita / taihenosewaninariarigatogozaimashita / たいへんおせわになりありがとうございました Japanese (expression) thank you for all your hard work

ご苦労様(P);ご苦労さま(P);御苦労様;御苦労さま

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Japanese gokurousama / gokurosama / ごくろうさま Japanese (exp,adj-na) thank you for your hard work; I appreciate your efforts

Entries with 2nd row of characters: The 2nd row is Simplified Chinese.

This page contains 94 results for "hard work" in Chinese and/or Japanese.



Information about this dictionary:

Apparently, we were the first ones who were crazy enough to think that western people might want a combined Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist dictionary.

A lot of westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese - and there is a reason for that. Chinese characters and even whole words were borrowed by Japan from the Chinese language in the 5th century. Much of the time, if a word or character is used in both languages, it will have the same or a similar meaning. However, this is not always true. Language evolves, and meanings independently change in each language.

Example: The Chinese character 湯 for soup (hot water) has come to mean bath (hot water) in Japanese. They have the same root meaning of "hot water", but a 湯屋 sign on a bathhouse in Japan would lead a Chinese person to think it was a "soup house" or a place to get a bowl of soup. See this: Soup or Bath

This dictionary uses the EDICT and CC-CEDICT dictionary files.
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Chinese Buddhist terms come from Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. This is commonly referred to as "Soothill's'". It was first published in 1937 (and is now off copyright so we can use it here). Some of these definitions may be misleading, incomplete, or dated, but 95% of it is good information. Every professor who teaches Buddhism or Eastern Religion has a copy of this on their bookshelf. We incorporated these 16,850 entries into our dictionary database ourselves (it was lot of work).



Combined, these cover 355,969 Japanese, Chinese, and Buddhist characters, words, idioms, and short phrases.

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