|Kanji in this term|
七転 (shichiten, or nanakorobi, “tumbling seven times”, ≅ a lot of troubles) + 八起 (hakki, or yaoki, “standing up eight times”, ≅ bearing up and to keep trying).
七転八起 (hiragana しちてんはっき/ななころびやおき, romaji shichiten hakki/nanakorobi yaoki)
- It is an encouragement to keep going no matter how tough it is.
- Life has its ups and downs.
- Someone's life with stormy vicissitudes.