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dinero /billete mata carita

English translation: There's no such thing as an ugly rich man.

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15:32 Oct 21, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Spanish term or phrase: dinero /billete mata carita
This expression, common and informal in Mexico, means that, in a man, money is more desirable than looks (not that I agree). It uses poker terminology (tercia mata par, etc.). The direct translation would then be money beats good looks, or something like that, but, is there a similar or equivalent expression in English?
Muchas gracias por adelantado.
ZoeZoe
English translation:There's no such thing as an ugly rich man.
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xxxJon Zuber
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Al tratar de asignar puntos me di cuenta de que había hecho en realidad dos preguntas (sorry): unos respondieron una y otros otra. La contribución de Jon Zuber es a fin de cuentas la que usaré, pero estoy consciente de que en este caso todos tienen razón y todas las respuestas me dicen algo que no sabía. Muchas gracias.
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Summary of answers provided
naThere's no such thing as an ugly rich man.xxxJon Zuber
naDiamondsxxxLia Fail
naYou can't be too rich or too thinMegdalina
namoney trumps good looks
Gloria Nichols
naA wallet beats a pretty faceMaria Barros


  

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32 mins
A wallet beats a pretty face


Explanation:
Informal expression in Mexico, meaning that in a man, money is more important than being handsome or good-looging.


    Cristina
Maria Barros
Mexico
Local time: 21:08

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32 mins
money trumps good looks


Explanation:
.....to follow your lead about playing cards.....

The above is simply a short and understandable way to get the idea across, very much like yours.

I can't think of a particular expression for this in English. Maybe some of the others will be able to.

Gloria Nichols
United States
Local time: 22:08
PRO pts in pair: 67

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9 hrs
You can't be too rich or too thin


Explanation:
OK, this is for women but this is the sort of thing you're looking for - an idioism. All I can tell you Zoe Zoe is that I've been dwelling on this and asked my husband (who's a walking dictionary) and I don't think there IS a "pat" saying in English. HOWEVER - "Money beats a pretty face." is not only a solid saying but stays in the pokar venacular. This is what I'd use. (By the way, pretty is not just for girls - we call the "cuties" pretty boys.) So this works perfectly - it infers a woman would go for Bill Gates rather than a poor Julio Iglesias given the choice. Anyway, I'd use "Money beats a pretty face." Hope it helps! Suerte!

Megdalina
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11 hrs
Diamonds


Explanation:
I agree with happyfarm; just to say that 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend' would probably be the nearest in English - any other attributes are second to this is the implication, and the 'diamonds' doesn't have to be interpreted literally...

xxxLia Fail
Spain
Local time: 04:08
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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22 hrs
There's no such thing as an ugly rich man.


Explanation:
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xxxJon Zuber
PRO pts in pair: 172
Grading comment
Al tratar de asignar puntos me di cuenta de que había hecho en realidad dos preguntas (sorry): unos respondieron una y otros otra. La contribución de Jon Zuber es a fin de cuentas la que usaré, pero estoy consciente de que en este caso todos tienen razón y todas las respuestas me dicen algo que no sabía. Muchas gracias.
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