심사숙고(深思熟考) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #13

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When there is a big problem, we think deeply for a long time to solve it. Today's expression 심사숙고 can be used for this kind of deep consideration.

Some of you might know the word, 사고하다, as a synonym of the word, 생각하다, to think in Korean. 사 and 고 in 심사숙고 are the same 사 and 고 in 사고하다. In other words, both of them mean to think. 심 means deep. The basic meaning of 숙 is to cook or to master some fields. To cook a food or to master a subject, it takes a long time, so you can think of 숙 in this expression as long. Therefore, 심사숙고 is to think deeply for a long time.

Examples

이 책을 어떻게 출판할지 몇 달간 심사숙고했다.
I have been considering for several months on how to publish this book.

심사숙고 후 내린 결정이었지만 생각지 못했던 것이 하나 있었다.
The decision was made after long consideration, but there was one thing I didn't take into account.

국회의원들이 예산을 어디에 써야할지 심사숙고 중이다.
Congressmen are now thinking deeply about where to use the budget.