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발가락에 낀 때보다 못한 것.

A saying that means "you're nobody."

Vocabulary:

발가락 toe
끼다 gather, hang over, envelope
때 dirt, filth, grime
보다 than
못하다 to be inferior, worse than
것 thing/object

Highlight for a literal translation:
[You're worse than the dirt between my toes.]

(While double-checking on some of these words on Yahoo.co.kr, I came across this amusing entry:

a fart in a colander
침착하지 못한 사람, 덜렁이 (출처:숙어)

The Korean doesn't seem to have anything to do with farts or colanders. In this situation I think a more literal translation might help some people stay out of trouble...)
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작은 고추가 맵다.

A Korean saying that means "small people are tough and smart," according to Using Korean.

Highlight for literal translation:

[Small peppers are hot.]

Vocabulary:

작다 small
고추 pepper
맵다 spicy, pungent

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