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Learn JLPT N1 Vocabulary: 手遅れ (teokure)

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Kana: ておくれ
Kanji: 手遅れ; 手後れ
Romaji: teokure

Type: noun; adjective-na

Meaning: being too late; belated treatment

Example sentences:

時間は水車をまわす水のように流れすぎ、もはやなにをしようにも手遅れだった。
jikan wa suisha o mawasu mizu no you ni nagaresugi, mohaya nani o shiyou ni mo teokure datta.
Time was going by like a mill race, and now it was too late.


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もう手遅れだ。喉がつまって、息がつまる。
mou teokure da. nodo ga tsumatte, iki ga tsumaru.
It’s too late. My throat is closing up, I am choking!

二か月前にそれを言いに来るべきだったね。今日ではもう手遅れだよ。
nikagetsu mae ni sore o ii ni kuru beki datta ne. kyou dewa mou teokure da yo.
You should have told me this two months ago, it is too late now.

また一人、犯人ではないことが証明されたんだ──手遅れだったが……
mata hitori, hannin dewa nai koto ga shoumei saretan da. teokure datta ga.
Here’s one more of us who’s been proved innocent – just a little too late!

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 为时已晚 (wéi shí yí wǎn)
Korean: 때늦음 (ttaeneuj-eum)


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