Grammar Info
N2 Lesson 9: 10/19

精々(せいぜい)
(at) most , (at) best, no more than, barely

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せいぜい + Phrase
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  • [Like in English, in some contexts this saying may offend someone. Use with caution]
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証人(しょうにん):「加害(かがい)者(しゃ)はたぶんせいぜい30歳(さい)ぐらいでしょ。」
Witness: "The assailant is about 30 years old at most."
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店員(てんいん):「これ、1000円(えん)です。」クライアント:「1000円(えん)だって?この服(ふく)の品質(ひんしつ)がそんなに高(たか)いとは思(おも)えないがね。払(はら)えるのは精々(せいぜい)500円(えん)でしょ。」
Clerk: "This is 1000 yen." Client: "1000 yen? I don’t think that the quality of these clothes is that high. I can pay 500 yen at most."
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凄(すご)く怒(おこ)ったファン:「ダーデンはせいぜい2流(りゅう)のコーチだぞ!子供(こども)でさえもっと上手(うま)くコーチングできるぞ!」
Extremely angry fan: "Durden is a second-rate coach at best! Even a child can coach better than him!"
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[AIAIJ] An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
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