Definitions

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  • n. the four judges, sitting at each cardinal point

Etymologies

Japanese (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The J. League board of directors took the case seriously, but nobody pointed out the fact that Sugiyama had probably just said a sentence including the word shimpan (which in J.panese means referee), a sound that the overheated Leandro took as a tailor-made insult by a polyglot opponent.

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  • At first I thought it a caged sim, but on inspection it did prove an ape, brought back by the Portuguese from Afric lands and styled there, the keeper made so good as to inform me, shimpan.

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