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English Reference for tsumari (つまり)

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  1. adverb usually kana that is to say, that is, in other words, I mean
  2. usually kana in short, in brief, to sum up, ultimately, in the end, in the long run, when all is said and done, what it all comes down to, when you get right down to it, basically
  3. noun usually kana clogging, obstruction, stuffing, (degree of) blockage
  4. usually kana shrinkage
  5. usually kana end, conclusion
  6. usually kana archaism dead end, corner
  7. usually kana archaism distress, being at the end of one's rope
Example sentences
My birthday is a month from today. That is to say, April 5th
The price was only three thousand yen, or about thirty dollars
The great Roman hero, Julius Caesar, was assassinated
My father studies astronomy, or the science of stars
Making a choice always means making a sacrifice, giving up one thing for another
In short, he is a man of great ability
That is, total exhaustion. Body and soul completely knackered
It is the border-line cases that are always in danger: the dignified buildings of the past which may possess no real artistic or historic value, but which people have become sentimentally attached to and have grown to love
I couldn't afford it-in other words, I was too poor to buy it
That means that even if they only have two children each, the population will continue to grow rapidly
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