시종일관(始終一貫) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #30

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It is hard to be constant. We always change even though we try hard not to. 시종일관 is the word for that hard practice, being the same from the beginning to the end.

시 means start, 종 means end, 일 means one, 관 means pierce. The basic meaning of 시종일관 is to pierce in one way from the beginning to the end. Think about a straight line which is parallel from start to end. That line is constant. If your emotion, opinion, or idea is constant like that line, it is 시종일관.

Examples

그녀는 시종일관 결백을 주장했지만, 어제 발견된 증거를 공개하자 결국 죄를 자백했다.
She consistently insisted her innocence, but she finally confessed her crime after the disclosure of the evidence found out yesterday.

어제 뭔가 마음에 들지 않는 일이 있었는지 오늘 아침부터 밤까지 시종일관 불평이었다.
She was constantly complaining from morning to night. It seems that there was something wrong.

한 마디도 말하지 않고 먹기만 하며 시종일관 두 사람의 대화를 듣고만 있던 정익이가 말을 꺼냈다.
정익 who never said anything and consistently eating and listening to the conversation between the two began to speak.