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Japanese Proverbs & Sayings

On o Ada de Kaesu

Last update January 5, 2020


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return evil for good

On o Ada de Kaesu


Words: On = debt, favor / o = accusative joshi particle / Ada = hostility, grudge / de = instrumental joshi particle / 返す Kaesu = return

Pronunciation: [oh-n-oh-ah-dah-deh-kah-eh-sue] 

English Equivalent: bite the hand that feeds

Notes: Used to say someone returns the other's kindness with hatred or repay their debt with harm. Taro says his protégé betrayed him and it's a typical case of On o Ada de Kaesu.