What is “Gobou Nuki” (ごぼう抜き, ごぼうぬき) ?
These images from “In Search of the Lost Future” are the scenes where Airi (left) overtakes everyone in a relay race.
“ごぼう” (Gobou) is burdock.
“抜き” (ぬき, Nuki) is to pull up, take out or leave off.
The phrase “ごぼう抜き” (Gobou Nuki) is used when you pull out stick-shaped objects suddenly just like pulling burdocks.
Similarly, you can say “Gobou Nuki” when a runner passes others all at once. If a runner overtakes three or more people, we admire that performance by saying “Gobou Nuki”. That’s why Kaori (right) said “Gobou Nuki” to Airi (left) who overtook a lot of people.