and my terrible kanji

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JLPT: N2

School Grade: 3rd (8 years old)

The origins of this character are somewhat obscure. Older forms show that it was once written showing a person (大) with what many scholars take to be a yoke on the neck. It is felt to have originally meant “restrained at the neck,” and subsequently the idea that the neck represents the “central” line of the body came to prevail.