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to strangle; wring
Kanji 1261

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Synopsis

The 絞 kanji affords access to practical devices, such as juice squeezers and garlic presses. This kanji also introduces us to Japanese tie-dyeing. But 絞 really comes to life with its figurative uses, enabling us to put the screws on someone, squeeze money out of people, zero in on something, weed out applicants, and rack our brains. See what it means to strangle slowly with a silk cord.

Revision History:

Nov. 7, 2017: Changed the footer, in which "September" had a typo! How did that slip through?!

Sept. 10, 2016: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 1261 on 絞, titled "Twist and Squeeze"
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コウ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
しぼ-る, し-める, し-まる
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