I'm tried to read a webtoon comic in Korean and I came across this sentence "눈 감 으면 코 베어가는 이곳" I want to know what it mean. Even better if you can break it down word by word?

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    Where did you see this sentence? What is the context? How much of Korean do you know?
    – user17915
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 22:45
  • koreanwikiproject.com/wiki/…
    – user17915
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 23:26
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    저 표현은 가끔 쓰이는 표현인데요. "정신을 바짝 차려야 하는 장소" 정도로 해석할 수도 있습니다.
    – n8o
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 5:06

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Literally it means "(Here is) the place (where someone will) cut (your) nose if (you) close (your) eyes."

눈 감으면: if (you) close (your) eyes

코 베어가는: (someone will) cut (your) nose

이곳: (here is) the place (where)

So it will be a place with full of frauds, for example.

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    This is right. I think also, the closest phrase may be "dog-eat-dog (world)". It describes a place where you had better not set down your purse and look away, cause someone's gonna take it. Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 15:48
  • FYI, the origin: Hanazuka. Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 21:03

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