A cat may look at a king.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #159



今回のフレーズは「A cat may look at a king.」です。

「A cat may look at a king.」は、直訳すると「猫は王を見ることができる」となりますが、実際には「誰にも権利はある」という意味になります。


例えば、職場で上司に意見を言う場面で、「I may not be in management, but a cat may look at a king.(私は管理職ではないが、意見を言う権利はある)」と言うことができます。また、政治について話す際に、「Even ordinary people can have opinions on government decisions; after all, a cat may look at a king.(政府の決定に一般人も意見を持つことはできる。結局のところ、誰でも意見を持つ権利がある)」と言うこともできます。

「a cat may look at a king」は古くからある諺で、最も古い印刷物での記録は16世紀頃、イギリスの作家であるジョン・ヘイウッド(John Heywood)の著書に見られます。このことわざは、身分の低い者でも地位の高い者を見たり観察したりする権利があることを強調しています。明確な記録はありませんが、口承では16世紀以前から使用されていたようです。

まとめると、「A cat may look at a king.」は、文字通り「猫は王を見ることができる」という意味ではなく、身分や立場に関係なく、誰もがある程度の機会や権利を持っていることを指します。このフレーズを使うことで、みんなに権利があることを強調することができます。

この「A cat may look at a king.」を使って、身分や立場に関係なく自由や権利があることを表現する場面で活用してみてください。

A cat may look at a king.


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A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.