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効く, 利く, きく
Godan verb, Intransitive, See 薬が効く, usu. 効く
1. to be effective, to take effect, to be good (for)
See 目が利く, usu. 利く for body senses, functions, etc.
2. to work, to function well
See 割引が効く
3. to be possible (to do, use, etc.), to be able to
Transitive, See 聞く・8
4. to taste (alcohol), to try
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薬が効く, やくがきく
Expression, Godan verb
to have medicine be effective
割引が効く, わりびきがきく
Expression, Godan verb
to be able to get a (type of) discount
目が利く, 目が効く, 目がきく, めがきく
Expression, Godan verb
to have an eye for
鼻が利く, 鼻が効く, はながきく
Expression, Godan verb
1. to have an acute sense of smell
Idiomatic expression
2. to have a good nose (for bargains, something amiss, etc.), to have a keen nose, to have an ability to quickly uncover things
冷や酒と親の意見は後できく, 冷や酒と親の意見は後で効く, ひやざけとおやのいけんはあとできく
Expression, Godan verb, Proverb
you will appreciate your parents' advice as you grow older, just as it takes time to feel the effects of unwarmed sake
小回りがきく, 小回りが利く, 小回りが効く, こまわりがきく
Expression, Godan verb
1. to have a short turning radius (e.g. car)
2. to be adaptable, to be quick to respond to shifting circumstances