In the Enies Lobby Arc of One Piece, Kaku says to Roronoa Zolo 'they say assassins can never find other work' after their fight.

An injured and defeated Kaku from One Piece saying 'they say assassins can never find other work'.

As a native English speaker, I have never heard this phrase be used before, and a quick web search shows no results. This leads me to believe that it could be a direct translation of a Japanese saying that had no English alternative. But what does it mean?

  • Possibly just means what it says: once you're an assassin, no one wants to hire you for a different kind of job.
    – Mary
    Feb 15 at 0:33

1 Answer 1


The original seems to be:


潰しがきく essentially means that (the job) involves transferrable skills, or easy to switch jobs/workplace. Here it is negated and the part literally means "Being an assassin does not train you for other jobs (than assassins)" or "Working as an assassin, I don't have skills for other jobs".

  • @Medium you can accept this answer as I don't think there is a better explanation for your question :)
    – RigaCrypto
    Apr 11 at 7:57

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