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del mal que se morían

English translation: they complained about their problems

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Spanish term or phrase:del mal que se morían
English translation:they complained about their problems
Entered by: Maria Ramon
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03:16 Jul 3, 2008
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Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / mal que se morían
Spanish term or phrase: del mal que se morían
Ya los bancos han cambiado, todo eso no es así. El banco mío no coge... Por eso yo digo, para yo cobrar punto ochenta, tú no sabes el trabajo que yo paso. Ayer tenía banqueros aquí, cuatro horas me metí con los banqueros. Me dijeron del mal que se morían. Porque ven esto. Entonces, yo no hago nada hacer esto y… después el banco me quiere cerrar, y después tengo, qué… qué… ¿a quién tengo aquí? A las tres letras.
Michael Powers (PhD)
United States
Local time: 18:47
they complained about their problems
Explanation:
this is idiomatic and cannot be taken literally.

..del mal que se morían = the sickenss that was killing them = complaining about their "illness", their problems= they didn't care about the guy's problems, only about their, the bankers problems.
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Maria Ramon
United States
Local time: 17:47
Grading comment
Nicely done, Maria - Mike :)
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +6they complained about their problems
Maria Ramon


  

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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
they complained about their problems


Explanation:
this is idiomatic and cannot be taken literally.

..del mal que se morían = the sickenss that was killing them = complaining about their "illness", their problems= they didn't care about the guy's problems, only about their, the bankers problems.

Maria Ramon
United States
Local time: 17:47
Meets criteria
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in DutchDutch
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Nicely done, Maria - Mike :)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Robert Copeland: they complained about all of their own problems (while ignoring his)
1 min
  -> Gracias

agree  Jairo Payan: Coincido, esa es la idea, empezaron a quejarse de sus problemas para no pararle bolas a los suyos
15 mins
  -> Gracias, Jairo (Eres Colombiano? de Antioquia?) Qué más?

agree  ormiston: perhaps 'they went on and on' to indicate they are not listening
3 hrs
  -> Yes, about their own problems! Thank you, ormiston!

agree  Marina Menendez
13 hrs
  -> Thank you!

agree  Deborah Workman: Yes. "They went on about how hard a time they were having".
23 hrs
  -> Thank you!

agree  Mario Ramirez
23 hrs
  -> Thank you!
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Changes made by editors
Jul 4, 2008 - Changes made by Maria Ramon:
Edited KOG entry<a href="/profile/52429">Michael Powers (PhD)'s</a> old entry - "del mal que se morían" » "they complained about their problems"


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