Quotes & Idioms

Untangling the mystery of Quotes & Idioms

An idiom is a sentence with a meaning different to, and often un-related to any of the words used. They make up a huge proportion of all language  and create fluency so it’s good practice to jot down a few and see where you can add them…

Meter la Pata

To make a blunder, to make it worse.

Example: Siempre meto la pata – I always make it worse.

Romper El Hielo

To break the ice

Example: Rompo el hielo con humor – I break the ice with humour

Tomar el pelo

To pull someone’s leg, To be joking.

Example: No te tome el pelo – I’m not joking.

Buscar una aguja en un pajar

To look for a needle in a haystack.

Tener la sartén por el mango

To have the upper hand, to be in control of the situation,

Los trabajadores tenían la sartén por el mango desde el principio de la huelga.

Hacer la vista gorda

To see the bigger picture, To have a more rounded view.

Example: Lo importante es hacer la vista gorda

Nunca llueve a gusto de todos

You can’t please all the people all the time.

Example: No te preocupes, nunca llueve a gusto de todos.

Tirar la casa por la ventana

To throw it all away, to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Example: Ella tiró la casa por la ventana en frustración

Me vuelves loco(a)

You drive me crazy

Lo barato sale caro

Buy cheap, Buy twice.

Llueve a cántaros 

Raining cats and dogs

 

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