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Spanish to English Idioms / Maxims / Sayings Translation Glossary

Spanish term English translation
concentración de beneficios benefits are not concentrated
ir de compras fetichistas-católicas go shopping for Catholic kitsch
Entered by: Ion Zubizarreta
Valorar para permanecer Appreciation is preservation
Entered by: Edward Tully
"agasajo postinero" high class/top notch/fantastic/posh/classy celebration
"amanecerá y veremos, dijo el ciego" Let's wait and see, said the blind man / the blind man said
"cada loco con su tema" / "cada cabeza un mundo" Different folks, different strokes / One man's meat is another man's poison / Each to his own
"hacerse llamar" por curandero to have one's spirit called by a folk healer
Entered by: patinba
"hacerse llamar" por curandero to have her spirit called by a folk healer
Entered by: patinba
"oreja de un arcano ancestral". ear of an ancient mystery / enigma
"Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también" Mezcal for the bad times, Mezcal for the good times
"poner a mover hasta los huesos" get the joint jumping
Entered by: Lisa Dahlander
"ratón milagroso" long-lost rich uncle
"segu�a con mis afanes" I carried on with what I was doing
"Soldado que huye sirve para otra guerra" "He who fights and runs lives to fight another day"
"tapados o, mejor dicho atrapados" covered, or shall we say smothered...
Entered by: Lisa Dahlander
"Uno pierde el pelo, pero no las mañas" The fox may lose his hair/pelt, but not his cunning
(El resaltado de texto es propio) (Bolding added for emphasis)
(llegar) con el pan bajo el brazo to stand on their own two feet, to bring home the bacon
(ser) carne de tertulia you shine
Entered by: Edward Tully
...llegué de malas y todo me sale mal... crancky/in a sour mood and everything goes wrong for me...
Entered by: Coral Getino
...una mosca en la leche... o ...un pelo en la sopa... ...a fly in the ointment ... or ... a hair in the soup ...
a bobalicón no había quien le ganara he's as thick as two short planks
a caballo con part of/in touch with/in parallel with
Entered by: BristolTEc
a carta descubierta laying his card on the table / openly / honestly
a como de lugar no matter what/however it can be done
a cuenta gotas in dribs and drabs / little by little / a few at a time
a golpe de agenda right on time/cue
Entered by: Edward Tully
a perro sarnoso todo son pulgas it never rains but it pours
a salto de manta as they come along
a seguro se lo llevaron preso nothing is certain but death and taxes
a título póstumo posthumously
a una malas / a unas malas / aun a malas in the worst case / at worst / if the worst comes to the worst
Entered by: Charles Davis
A veces pagan justos por pecadores. one does the harm, and another bears the blame
a vueltas cada uno por su lado each on their own
abrir el melón de to open the can of worms ...
Entered by: BristolTEc
abrir este ostión de manejo Opening this can of worms
Entered by: Michael Powers (PhD)
abrir una brecha break new ground
Entered by: Jessie Linardi
absolución response
Abuelo comerciante, padre noble e hijo pordiosero. shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations
Aché pa’ mí here I go! / this one's for luck!
Entered by: Douglas Divers
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