harakiri


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Noun1.harakiri - ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
self-annihilation, self-destruction - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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He said that if in the past the Japanese committed 'harakiri' (suicide) due to shame, they now overcome that by accomplishing whatever they do by doing it well.
I'm sat on a chairlift looking down at the steepest ski slope in Austria, the infamous Harakiri, where a group of skiers have decided the only way down the most vertical part of the slope - at a nerve-shredding 78 per cent gradient - is by trying to dig the edges of their skis into the icy snow and cagily 'step' their way down.
I'm sat on a chairlift looking down at the steepest ski slope in Austria, the infamous Harakiri, where a group of skiers have decided the only way down the most vertical part of the slope - at a nerveshredding 78 per cent gradient - is by trying to dig the edges of their skis into the icy snow and cagily 'step' their way down.
Well, as I was sliding head first down the steepest ski run in Austria, sampling a mid-afternoon granita as the icy piste churned past an inch from my face, I had a moment of wisdom that suggested I should not have tried the Harakiri.
Remember, this was the PM who committed political harakiri last year by calling an unnecessary election which took a samurai sword to her Parliamentary majority.
The twin terrors of a rogue US President and European harakiri are visibly crushing a pale, hunched Prime Minister who survives merely to die another day.
In a desperate bid to stem the Allied onslaught, the Japanese resorted to the traditional custom of 'Harakiri'.
Blade is the third chanbara (or 'sword fighting') film that Miike has made in the past decade, after 2010's 13 Assassins and 2011 's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (a remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 Harakiri).
Many analysts thought the PM was committing political harakiri but Abe has proved them wrong.
Personally, I would call them gold-plated harakiri swords.
"Having kept away from the press and having refused to tell us where he stood on major issues, he committed political harakiri in his first interview.