問うに落ちず語るに落ちる

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

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かた
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kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Consisting of 問う +‎ +‎ 落ちず +‎ 語る +‎ +‎ 落ちる, literally "not confessing when asked but to confess while talking"

ProverbEdit

()うに()ちず(かた)るに()ちる (tō ni ochizu kataru ni ochiruichidan (stem ()うに()ちず(かた)るに() (tō ni ochizu kataru ni ochi), past ()うに()ちず(かた)るに()ちた (tō ni ochizu kataru ni ochita))

  1. (idiomatic) to keep a secret when asked about it, but let it slip inadvertently when chatting on another occasion

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