棚に上げること pot calling the kettle black
Kenichi: You should think about getting rid of some of your books. They're taking up too much space in the apartment. My books take up less than a quarter of the space that your books do.
Rachel: This is a typical case of the pot calling the kettle black. It's true you own a small number of books, but look at all the space your records are taking up!
Kenichi: They're not taking nearly as much space as your books are in here.
Rachel: That's because records aren't as thick as most books are. If you count how many records you have as opposed to how many books I have, you might even have more than I do.
Kenichi: Why does that matter? Your belongings are still taking up much more space than mine are.
Rachel: It's not my fault that books generally take up more space than records do.
Kenichi: We just have too much stuff in this apartment.
Rachel: So are you saying either we reduce the number of things we own, or we move to a bigger place just to accommodate our belongings?
Kenichi: No moving.
Rachel: Fine, then how about I get rid of some things if you do the same, too.
Kobayashi Chikako さんの「英会話 He Said, She Said これって英語で何て言う？」は毎日ウィークリーで毎月第2・4週に掲載中です。