팔방미인(八方美人) – Korean 4 Character Idioms

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Although it is a rare case, but there are some people who are good at everything. It is hard to find some flaw from them. They are just perfect. The word, 팔방미인, can be used to call those people.

팔 means number 8, 방 means directions. 팔방 means 8 directions or all directions in figurative sense. 미 means beauty or beautiful. 인 means person. 팔방미인 basically indicates a person who is beautiful in every direction. In other words, it means the person who is perfect in everything.

It's a bit like Jack of all trades in English, but Jack is the master of none, but 팔방미인 is the master of all.

Examples

예쁘지, 공부 잘하지, 요리 잘하지, 얼마 전에 보니 운동도 잘하더라. 도대체 못 하는 게 뭐야? 완전 팔방미인이네.
She's pretty, good at study and cooking. I recently found out that she is also good at exercises. What is the thing that she's not good at? She's just perfect.

제가 팔방미인이라고요? 아니에요. 못하는 것도 많아요.
Did you say that I am perfect? Not at all, there are many thing that I am not good at.

못 하는 것 하나 없는 팔방미인인 줄 알았는데 글씨는 잘 못 쓰는구나. 이제야 좀 인간미가 느껴져.
I firstly thought that you are perfect and good at everything, but I found out that you are not good at handwriting. Now I know that you are human like us.