TAKOBOTO

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器用貧乏
Readings
きようびんぼう
kiyoubinbou
Meanings
NA-adjective/adjectival noun (keiyodoshi)
Noun (futsuumeishi)
Jack of all trades and master of noneHansdampf in allen Gassen

Kanji
ON: KUN: うつわ
utensil, vessel, receptacle, implement, instrument, ability, container, tool, set

ON: ヨウKUN: もち.いる
utilize, business, service, use, employ

ON: ヒン, ビンKUN: まず.しい
poverty, poor

ON: ボウKUN: とぼ.しい, とも.しい
destitution, scarce, limited

Example sentences
いろいろできるし、みんなから重宝されるのはいいけれど、気がついたら器用貧乏といわれないようにな。Parts: 色々 (いろいろ), 出来る (できる), , (みな), から, 重宝 (ちょうほう), 為れる (される), 良い (よい), けど (けれども), 気がつく (きがつく), 器用貧乏 (きようびんぼう), 言う (いう), ようにPeople know how handy you are to have around. You're a real jack-of-all-trades but make sure you don't turn out to be master of none.

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