Our Japanese idiom this week is a fun one. If you’re looking to blow off some steam in Japanese try dropping some thunder! Read on for all the detail about this Japanese idiom.
kaminari o otosu – 雷を落とす
If things are getting a little hot under the collar a person may be tempted to explode. Kaminari o otosu literally means to “drop thunder”. It paints a vivid picture of someone losing their cool.
Wow, look how many English idioms I used in this post already. I wonder if idiom usage is as popular in Japanese as it is in English. Let me know if you know :)
Here’s an example sentence from the book 2001 Japanese and English Idioms:
Ototo ga terebi bakari mitte iru node, chichi ga kaminari o otoshimashita.
My father exploded (dropped thunder) at my younger brother because he does nothing but watch TV.
Have fun using this idiom and let us know if you know more about it!
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