Body Idioms Part VI

Chiyon
BODY IDIOMS Part VI

 

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Bulletin目に入れても痛くない
めにいれてもいたくない

This literally means “Even if stuck in my eye, it won't hurt.”

 

When you put something in your eye, it hurts--bad. But if something is cute enough, you wouldn't mind even putting it in your eye to get a closer look.

 


彼は、目に入れても痛くないほど孫娘をかわいがっている。
kare wa, me ni iretemo itakunai hodo magomusume o kawaigatteiru.

He spoils his granddaughter as if she is the center of the world. 


彼女は、その猫を、目の中に入れても痛くないほどの愛情で育ててきた。

kanojo wa, sono neko o, me no naka ni iretemo itakunai hodo no aijou de sodatetekita.

She’s brought up that cat with love as if it was the apple of her eye.

 

 

 

 

Bulletin目を皿(のよう)にする
めをさら(のよう)にする

This literally means “turn one’s eyes into plates.

 

I think when you look at something carefully, you furrow your brow and your eyes look narrow like plates. In such a situation, you can say “目を皿にする” or “ 目を皿のようにする.”

 

The "no you" adds a "seems like" or "almost as if" meaning.