One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Japanese battle cry.
2A form of greeting used to the Japanese emperor.
- ‘Some 500 supporters greeted Lee on his arrival by waving Taiwan's national flag and the ‘Hinomaru,’ or Japanese flag, while carrying welcome banners and chanting ‘Banzai, banzai!’’
- ‘From the simplest (a hearty cry of skäl in Sweden or banzai in Japan) to the winding, poetic, hour-long toasts that briefly came into vogue in Ireland, it has been a long time since the hunting gods took any pleasure in the practice.’
(especially of Japanese troops) attacking fiercely and recklessly.‘a banzai charge’
- ‘They resorted to one last desperate banzai mission that was put down without much of a struggle.’
- ‘Then, before dawn on 29 May, they launched one of the biggest banzai charges of the war which overran two command posts and a medical station before being halted.’
- ‘The emperor overrode his military, who wanted a banzai suicide last battle, and broadcast their unconditional surrender.’
- ‘A few miles up the track lies Mt Austen, where the Japanese defended their most important command post with suicidal banzai counter-attacks.’
- ‘Company A beat off several banzai attacks but was bypassed and in danger of being cut off and surrounded.’
Japanese, literally ‘ten thousand years (of life to you)’.
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