Tōge wo Kosu (峠を越す - Getting over the Hump)

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Jun 7, 2019 14:29 English essay
Tōge wo Kosu

Three days ago, I introduced the Japanese word 'tōge' (峠), which means 'mountain pass."

There is an idiom that uses this word -- it is 'tōge wo kosu' (峠を越す).

Since 'kosu' (越す) means "over," the literal meaning of 'tōge wo kosu' is "(cross) over a mountain pass."

Of course, this idiom can be used to express its literal meaning.

In addition, since 'tōge' implies a crisis, 'tōge wo kosu' can also mean to get over or pass a crisis term/status/situation.

You can translate it into English as "get over the hump."

三日前、私は "mountain pass" を意味する「峠」という言葉を紹介しました。


「越す」は "over" を意味するので、「峠を越す」の文字どおりの意味は "over a mountain pass" となります。