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seppuku:

see hara-kirihara-kiri
[Jap.,=belly-cutting], the traditional Japanese form of honorable suicide, also known by its Chinese equivalent, seppuku. It was practiced by the Japanese feudal warrior class in order to avoid falling into enemy hands.
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All well and good to voice such a sentiment when you are no longer in the White House, but voicing it while you're still there amounts to committing political harakiri for yourself and your party.
Last month the board, which comes under the prime minister's office, forced a new comic, Harakiri, to be withdrawn after a fine for obscenity.
For the intrepid, the resort also boasts the Harakiri, Austria's steepest ski slope, a black run with an average incline of 38 degrees.
From a imposing score of 267 for the loss of two wickets, India committed batting harakiri, losing nine wickets for 29 runs in nine overs.
Describing the latest election results as ''shocking,'' Mahathir, a longtime fan of Japan and its way of doing business, said, ''I think the Japanese would have committed harakiri.
Speaking of black runs, Mayrhofen boasts Austria's steepest, the aptly titled Harakiri, with a 78 per cent gradient which is only for the brave.
25, 1970, Mishima -- heading a group of four followers -- committed harakiri, disemboweling himself and being beheaded by one of his young colleagues to end his life at the age of 45 at the Ground Self-Defense Force Eastern Army Headquarters in Ichigaya, Tokyo.
People are calling this the group of death, but I don't want my team to commit harakiri,'' said former Preston and Stockport midfielder Baxter, whose Swedish champions came within four minutes of beating mighty Barcelona last week.