Then you can say you were given “ki de hana wo kukutta youna kotae.”
This idiom is not widely used in Japan anymore, however it is a fun body-part idiom with an interesting history.
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Tie your nose with a tree...
This is used when someone's curt reply was very cold to you. You've already learned that's what it means, but how can a tree tie your nose? A tree is way too hard... Maybe with softer wood, but it still does not make sense.
This idiom originally was "kokuru the nose with a tree." kokuru means to "to rub." Another rarely used word in modern Japanese. This was misused and changed to kukuru. That corruption of kokuru started the drift from the original meaning.
It seems when Japanese blew their nose long time ago, because the paper was very expensive, they rubbed their noses with wood. The facial expression looked very blunt from the rough wood fibers. Hence, this idiom came about..