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Look on the bright side... Mira el lado bueno...
I rather think that... Me da la impresión de que...
Lucklustre without energy and effort. Britain's number-one tennis player gave a disappointingly lacklustre performance.
Last of all or at last Finalmente
I'll give it a shot lo probaré
Bold brave; not fearing danger. She was a bold and fearless climber. The newspaper made the bold move/took the bold step of publishing the names of the men involved.
For your own sake por tu propio bien. Their parents only stayed together for the sake of the children. I hope for both our sakes that you're right!
You are driving me nuts! Me estás poniendo negro! to drive some one nuts means to let someone loses his temper and became an irritable person in a certain situation.
Therefore por consiguiente. for that reason We were unable to get funding and therefore had to abandon the project.
This is tough stuff! Esto es duro!
I don't get you... No te entiendo
I can't stand it any longer Ya no lo aguanto más. [T usually in negatives] to successfully accept or bear something which is unpleasant or difficult I can't stand her voice. Our tent won't stand another storm like the last one. [+ -ing verb] I can't stand hearing her cry.
To do sth just for a giggle Hacer algo en plan de broma. Something which is funny, often when it involves laughing at someone else Just for a giggle, we hid his trousers while he was in the water.
I just do this for kicks lo hago por diversión
It's the best by far Es el mejor de lejos
I'm getting to that! A eso voy!
Catchphrase Latiguillo. a phrase which is often repeated by and therefore becomes connected with a particular organization or person, especially someone famous such as a television entertainer
aside from that aparte de eso
gosh! caramba!used to express surprise or strength of feeling Gosh, I didn't expect to see you here!
jeez! caray, jo! an expression of surprise or strong emotion Jeez, don't yell at me - I'm just telling you what she said!
In no time en nada, en seguida
Have a guess! a ver si lo adivinas!
It was just a wild guess Fue lo primero que se me vino a la cabeza
As a matter as fact... De hecho...
It's the little cherry on top La guinda del pastel
did you that on purpose? lo hiciste a propósito?
It's taking ages! Está durando un montón!
We are all set! Lo tenemos todo preparado!
Blow-by-blow Con pelos y señales. a blow-by-blow description of an event gives every detail of how it happened She gave me a blow-by-blow account of her car crash.
What are you implying? ¿Qué quieres decir, qué estás sugiriendo?
by a fluke de chiripa, por suerte. something good that has happened that is the result of chance instead of skill or planning The first goal was just a fluke.
piss off! vete al carajo!
To bring up or raise a point plantear una cuestión
We'll manage somehow, don't worry about it ya nos las arreglaremos
do not be very hard with me no seas duro conmigo
never in a million years jamás
that's a fine mess I am in! en que lio me he metido
it sounds like me es posible que yo lo haya dicho o hecho
let's face the facts atenerse a los hechos
Could I just stop you there and say something? Puedo decir algo?
you're alive and kicking vivito y coleando
to pull out the best of her/him sacar lo mejor de uno
there, now look what you've done! Desde luego, mira lo que has hecho!!!
I'm as mad as march hare Estoy loca como una cabra
Phrases I've made up Frases de mi cosecha
it makes me mad me da mucha rabia
I'm deeply involved in improving my english Estoy resuelto a mejorar mi inglés
I'm very particular with... Soy muy exigente con...
You're very demanding Eres muy exigente
from a reliable source de una fuente fidedigna
I bet you don't dare Apuesto a que no te atreves
I'm being a little bit clumsy today Estoy un poco patosillo (torpe) hoy
To get rid or to be rid of sb/sth Librarse de algo/alguien. to not now have an unwanted or unpleasant task, object or person I didn't enjoy marking those papers and I was glad to be rid of them. get rid of sth • to remove or throw away something unwanted That cream got rid of my skin rash. I used weedkiller to get rid of the weeds in the garden.
To long to +INF Desear algo, anhelar. long for sth; long to do sth to want something very much She longed to see him again. I'm longing for news of him.
May I have or take a peek at it? puedo echarle un vistazo? to look, especially for a short time or while trying to avoid being seen Close your eyes. Don't peek. I've got a surprise for you. I peeked out the window to see who was there. The children peeked over the wall to see where the ball had gone. The film peeks behind the scenes of a multinational corporation.
That's the least of it Eso es lo de menos
to keep up with ... Para no ser menos que. to go at the same speed as someone or something that is moving forward, so that you stay level with them She was walking so fast that I couldn't keep up with her. [often + with] to increase or to make progress at the same speed as something or someone else so that you stay at the same level as them Prices have been rising very fast and wages haven't kept up. Because I'm new to the job, I have to work twice as hard as everyone else just to keep up. He finds it difficult to keep up with the rest of the class. [often + with] to be able to understand or deal with something that is happening or changing very fast We've received so many orders for our products that our staff can't keep up. (= can't deal with the orders fast enough) My Italian friends talk so fast, I simply can't keep up with what they're saying. [often + with]
the minority los menos
When you least expect it El día menos pensado
roughly speaking más o menos, grosso modo
far from it nada de eso…
from time to time de cuando en cuando. sometimes but not often From time to time I still think of her.
it's bound to… es casi seguro que…
it's doubtful If you are doubtful about something, you are uncertain about it The teacher is doubtful about having parents working as classroom assistants. • If a situation is doubtful, it is unlikely to happen or to be successful It is doubtful whether/if they ever reached the summit before they died. It was doubtful that the money would ever be found again.
there is a distinct possibility that… hay una clara posibilidad de que…
You are a bit touchy eres un poco susceptible
you are as proud as a peacock orgulloso o arrogante como un pavo
you are doing my head in! me estás poniendo la cabeza como un bombo! to make someone feel confused and unhappy Getting up at 4 o'clock every morning was doing my head in. I've been trying to make sense of all these figures and it's doing my head in.
you don't sound happy about it! no pareces contento
you get distracted (on) estás distraido
you have distressed me… to make someone feel very upset or worried I hope I haven't distressed you with all these personal questions.
you have hit the question has dado en el clavo
you have spoiled the game has estropeado el juego
You have to sample them tienes que probarlo
you keep breaking promises no mantienes las promesas
you sound out of breath pareces cansado
you'll feel brand new te sentirás como nuevo
that's a tricky / or tough one eso es complicado
from top to toes de la cabeza a los pies
lose your cool to suddenly become very angry and start shouting I try to be patient with her but she was so irritating in that meeting, I just lost my cool.
to lose the thread (of what sb is saying) perder el hilo (de lo que alguien está diciendo)
you can chill out puedes relajarte
good grief! Jesús, por Dios!
I'm preparing for a nightmare escenario preparandome para un escenario de pesadilla
regular as a clockwork. He's home by six every day regular as clockwork. regular como un reloj
to turn the tie around darle la vuelta al resultado o a la tortilla
the lull before the storm la calma que precede a la tempestad. a time which seems quiet but which will very soon be followed by something unpleasant happening Things seem quiet in the office right now, but this is just the lull before the storm.
don't over do it no dramatices, exageres
day in, day out (especially of something boring) done or happening every day for a long period of time I have to do the same boring jobs day in day out.
bit by bit poco a poco - paso a paso - gradually I saved up the money bit by bit.
as quickly as I could tan rápido como pueda
ear pearcinning voice voz que taladra el oido
just once in a while una vez de cuando en cuando
fair and square a carta cabal, completamente. in an honest way and without any doubt We won the match fair and square.
at breakneck speed a la velocidad del rayo
I'm as deaf as a post estoy sordo como una tapia
to be narrow of mind ser intolerante
to dish the dirt gossip, cotillear
put yourself in my place ponte en mi lugar
I've been fined me han puesto una multa
to set the table poner la mesa
he's not my cup of tea no es santo de mi devoción
to rob Peter to pay Paul desvestir a un santo para vestir a otro
you're miles away! se te ha ido el santo al cielo
to pull it off at the first attemp llegar y besar el santo
to give somebody a telling-off poner a alguien como un santo
the whole blessed day todo el santo día
to be left on the shelf quedarse para vestir santos
password santo y seña
fill somebody in to give someone extra or missing information I filled her in on the latest gossip.
talk around/round sth to talk about a problem or subject in a general way and avoid dealing with the important parts of it I just felt that he'd talked round the subject and hadn't really said anything of importance.
dead complete(ly) The conductor waited for dead silence before commencing the performance. You won't be able to change his mind - he's dead against the plan. informal I'm dead certain I left my purse on the desk. informal I'm dead (= very) hungry. informal The exam was dead (= very) easy. UK informal ""How was the film?"" ""It was dead good."" The post office is dead (= straight) ahead. Aim for the dead (= exact) centre of the target. I always try to arrive dead (= exactly) on time. Martha's dead set on having (= very much wants to have) a new bike. He's dead set against (= completely opposed to) living in the city.
guess what? ¿sabes qué?
figure out sth/sb or figure sth/sb out to understand something or someone, or to find the answer to something by thinking carefully I can't figure out why he did it. [often + question word] I've never been able to figure Sue out.
a spot of difference la más mínima difrencia
chick pebeta, muchacha.(slang) a young woman. This word is considered offensive by many women.
everything's peachy! todo va de perlas
You can rest assured that... to tell someone confidently that something is true, especially so that they do not worry The unions assured the new owners of the workers' loyalty to the company. [+ speech] ""Don't worry, your car will be ready tomorrow, "" the mechanic assured him. [+ (that)] She assured him (that) the car would be ready the next day. The Prime Minister assured the electorate (that) taxes would not be increased after the election. You can rest assured (= feel confident) that I shall be there as promised.
handy useful or convenient a handy container/tool First-time visitors to France will find this guide particularly handy. It's a nice house and it's handy for (= near) the station. informal Don't throw those bottles away - they'll come in handy (= be useful) for the picnic next Sunday.
playing with fire Meaning: You're playing with fire if you're involved in an activity that could be dangerous, or could lead to problems in the future. For example: * You're really playing with fire if you have loaded guns in the house, especially if there are kids around. * Suzie says that if someone with mental or emotional problems smokes marijuana, they're playing with fire. She says it can make these problems much worse. Note: This is usually used in the continous tenses, such as ""We are playing with fire if we..."" or ""They should have known they were playing with fire.""
read between the lines Meaning: When you read between the lines you try to understand what someone implies, but doesn't openly state, when they say or write something. For example: * I got a letter from Robyn and she isn't happy. She didn't say anything but I could tell by reading between the lines that something's wrong. * A good writer doesn't tell the reader everything directly but leaves it up to the reader to figure things out for themselves by reading between the lines. Origin: Probably derived from a form of cryptography in which secret information was conveyed by writing it in invisible ink between the lines of a text.
wear your heart on your sleeve Meaning: If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you show your emotions openly and you don't try to hide your feelings. For example: * Ivan is one of those tennis players that spectators love to watch because they always wear their heart on their sleeve. * You'll never be a good card player if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Other players can tell if your cards are good or not by watching your reactions when you get them. Origin: This idiom first appeared, as far as we know, in a play called Othello, written in 1604 by the English playwright William Shakespeare. In this scene, cunning Iago decides to act as if he's ""wearing his heart on his sleeve"" in order to seem open, honest and faithful: For when my outward action doth demonstrate | The native act and figure of my heart | In compliment extern, 'tis not long after | But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve | For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
No need to snap! ¡No hace falta que te pongas así! to suddenly become unable to control a strong feeling, especially anger When she asked me to postpone my trip to help her move house, I just snapped (= got angry).
To sulk. I went into a sulk. Enfurruñarse. to be silent and refuse to smile or be pleasant to people because you are angry about something that they have done He's sulking in a corner somewhere because I wouldn't let him have a second bar of chocolate.
I'm aching all over Me duele todo el cuerpo
But, all the same... De todos modos, sin embargo, a pesar de todo...
and so forth... and so on...together with other similar things schools, colleges and so on
good deeds an intentional act, especially a very bad or very good one It seems to me that a lot of evil deeds are done in the name of religion. She's always helping people and doing other good deeds.
cor! ¡jo!, ¡guau!
This is a complete muddle! ¡Esto es un follón! an untidy or confused state The documents were in a muddle. Whenever I go abroad I get in a muddle about/over (= become confused about) the money.
Are you kidding me? ¿Me estás tomando el pelo?
carry away Dejarse llevar. They were carried away by the excitement of the occasion
To be a nuisance. Stop being a nuisance! Ser un fastidio o una lata. something or someone that annoys you or causes trouble for you I've forgotten my umbrella - what a nuisance! [+ -ing verb] It's such a nuisance having to rewrite those letters. I hate to be a nuisance, but could you help me? Local residents claimed that the noise was causing a public nuisance. make a nuisance of yourself to cause trouble or to annoy other people
Now comes the good bit! ¡Ahora viene lo bueno!
Funnily enough Casualmente, por casualidad. strangely, in a way that is surprising Funnily enough, I was just thinking about you when you called.
To elbow sb disapproving to push someone rudely with your elbows so that you can move or have more space He elbowed his way to the front of the crowd. They elbowed the onlookers aside. • to hit someone with your elbow, sometimes as a sign to make them notice or remember something She elbowed me in the ribs before I could say anything.
Tell me who you go with and I'll tell you who you are Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres
The rat race a way of life in modern society, in which people compete with each other for power and money He decided to get out of the rat race, and went to work on a farm.
She's a queer fish Es un bicho raro
to be quick as a flash como un rayo
I go weak at the knees you feel an emotion so strongly that it makes you feel unstable on your feet
I have to answer the call of nature you go to the toilet
Can I have a quick word with you? puedo hablar un segundo contigo?
To bribe to try to make someone do something for you by giving them money, presents or something else that they want He bribed immigration officials and entered the country illegally. [+ to infinitive] They bribed the waiter to find them a better table.
Wear and tear the damage which happens to an object in ordinary use during a period Seat covers on trains take a lot of wear and tear.
OTC pain reliever Over-the-counter (sin receta) anti-inflammatories like aspirin and ibuprofen will lessen the pain and swelling associated with a muscle injury
I really have my hands full estoy ocupadísimo
phoney smile not sincere or not real All salespeople seem to have the same phoney smile. He gave the police a phoney address.
Be water under the bridge if a problem or an unpleasant situation is water under the bridge, it happened a long time ago and no one is upset about it now We certainly had our disagreements in the past, but that's all water under the bridge now.
much less mucho menos. And didn't you say that you'd never speak to her again much less invite her over to our house?
To err is human, to forgive divine Errar es humano, perdonar es divino
I can't believe my ears No me lo puedo creer. if you can't believe your ears, you are very surprised at something that someone tells you She couldn't believe her ears when they told her Jim had been
It's best just to forgive and forget Es mejor olvidar y perdonar. to stop blaming or being angry with someone for something they have done, or not punish them for something I don't think she's ever quite forgiven me for getting her name wrong that time. I've never found it easy to forgive and forget (= to behave as if something wrong had never happened). [R] I'd never forgive myself if anything happened to the kids. forgive me formal used before you ask or say something that might seem rude Forgive me for asking, but how much did you pay for your bag?
Start your day right! Empieza bien el día!
I don't like being bossed No me gusta que me manden o agobien
My head is in spin Me da vueltas la cabeza
How thrilling! qué emocionante!
At last! al fin!
To be in/get in (to) a tizz estar o ponerse nervioso.a temporary state of worry and confusion She got herself in a real tizzy because she couldn't find her car keys.
I won't believe my eyes if you say that you couldn't believe your eyes when you saw something, you mean that you were very surprised by it She couldn't believe her eyes when she saw him drive up in his new car. I could hardly believe my eyes. They'd made so many changes, it looked like a completely different house.
Be touched by sth Esto me afecta. to influence someone or something emotionally, or cause feelings of sympathy in someone Tragedy touched their lives when their son was 16. The TV report about the children's work for charity touched thousands of people's hearts.
guff parida, insolencia. speech or writing that is nonsense
jolly happy and smiling a jolly smile/manner/mood She's a very jolly, upbeat sort of a person.
You look down in the dumps Pareces abatido. Down in the dumps; low-spirited, melancholy: jocularly said to be derived from Dumpos, a king of Egypt, who died of melancholy.
To be as easy as pie Ser pan comido. to be very easy Oh, come on! Even a child could do that, it's as easy as pie.
Pie in the sky castillos en el aire. if an idea or plan is pie in the sky, it seems good but is not likely to be achieved Those plans of his to set up his own business are just pie in the sky.
I get cross with you Me cabreas
To whine lloriquear, gemir. disapproving If you whine, especially as a child, you complain or express disappointment or unhappiness repeatedly Alice, if you carry on whining like that I won't take you - do you understand!
To have an off day tener un mal día.
If you say so si tú lo dices
Go on, go ahead, tell me... Venga, va, dímelo
That's really cute of you Es muy bonito de tu parte
the kitchen is filthy la cocina está mugrienta, asquerosa.extremely or unpleasantly dirty Wash your hands - they're filthy! Look at this cloth - it's filthy! I've never smoked - it's a filthy habit. figurative That girl just gave me a filthy look (= looked at me in a very unpleasant, disapproving way). UK He was in a filthy (= a very bad) temper/mood.
that's a lot of pies, isn't it? Your fingers are in a lot of pies. Muchas teclas para un sólo piano, no?
She feels left out Se siente excluída
I still don't see the humour! No le veo la gracia!
The movie really sucks la película es una mierda
To pick on sb meterse con alguien. to choose one person from a group of people to criticize or treat unfairly, especially when they are smaller or weaker than you He was picked on at school because he was much smaller than the other kids. I felt I was being picked on.
well-meant said or done in order to be helpful, but not always achieving this a well-meant suggestion
stop by ha sido estupendo que te pasaras por aquí. It was nice of you to stop by
Be up to what have you been up to? Just hanging out ¿qué has estado haciendo? nada, por ahí
To be totally psyched about sth I'm totally psyched!To be very excited/enthusiastic about sth.
To get blisters a painful red swelling on the skin that contains liquid, caused usually by continuous rubbing, especially on your foot, or by burning New shoes always give me blisters. • a hollow rounded swelling that appears on a surface
break in sth or break sth in to wear something new [esp. shoes] for short periods of time in order to make them comfortable I'm just wearing these boots around the house to break them in. He's breaking in a new baseball mitt. if you break in a young or wild horse, you train it to behave well He had spent months breaking this horse in.
pick up the pace Go faster. In a long race the field (el corredor, el que participa) generally falls into a speed which will not exhaust the runners, so that they will have enough stamina left to make their final sprint. The meaning of ""Pace yourself"" is, don't use up all your strength and stamina early in the game. (Figurative use is common.) If one or more runners feels he can keep it up, even at a greater speed, he may cause the whole field to ""pick up the pace,"" speed it up.
I'm ready to walk my way to better fitness! Help your health with your own method
Every cloud has a silver lining No hay mal que por bien no venga
More haste, less speed (pronunciar heist) Vísteme despacio que tengo prisa
Rome wasn't built in a day Roma no se hizo en un día
The early bird catches the worm A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda
Variety is the spice of life En la variedad está el gusto
When there's a will, there's a way Querer es poder
You bet! Of course; surely.
whip sth up (informal) to make food or a meal very quickly and easily Within minutes he had whipped up a plate of spaghetti.
How do you like it? ¿Cómo lo encuentras, qué te parece?
I have every confidence in you Confío plenamente en tí
this isn't going to work! Esto no va a funcionar!
you are so right tienes mucha razón
It's a bit whiffy in here aquí huele mal. smelling unpleasant He hadn't showered for a couple of days and was starting to get whiffy.
time whizzed by el tiempo pasó volando. informal to move or do something very fast A police car whizzed by, on its way to the accident. We whizzed through the rehearsal, so that we'd be finished by lunchtime. Time just whizzes past when you're enjoying yourself.
If there is such a thing... Si es que eso existe
I feel awful Me siento horrible
To get the hang of sth Aprender o coger el truco. to succeed in learning how to do something after practising it After three weeks of using this computer I think I've finally got the hang of it.
I don't mind admitting no me importa admitir
To keep sb up to make someone go to bed later than they usually do Anyway, I don't want to keep you up - you look tired.
We don't know anything for sure no sabemos nada con seguridad
That's for sure! tenlo por seguro!
I'd be great, wouldn't it? ¿sería fantástico, no?
Jumble sale mercadillo
That's my top tip ese es mi mejor consejo
A thorough waste of time una total pérdida de tiempo. A thorough nuisance (una verdadera lata)
I really can't say I don't know
Everything is in disarray Está todo revuelvo
blow off tirarse pedos. blow off British, slang, humorous to allow gas to escape from your bottom, especially loudly He's always blowing off!
To let yourself go Abandonarse, no cuidarse. Stop caring about your physical appearance. You're so busy these days that you've let yourself go
On that we agree En eso estamos de acuerdo
Dress up (sb) dress up (sb) or dress (sb) up to put on formal or special clothes for a special occasion, or to put them on someone else Weddings are a great opportunity to dress up. She was dressed up to the nines (= extremely dressed up) in a pink Chanel suit and high heels. I used to hate it when my Mum would dress me up in pretty dresses. [sometimes + in]
One way or another De una manera o de otra, lo quieras o no. one way or the other also one way or another if you say that you will do something or that something will happen one way or the other, you are determined to do it or that it will happen, although you do not know exactly how One way or the other, I'm going to finish this job next week.
Overnight sensation You're at looking at the overnight sensation. Overnight means in 24 hours. Overnight sensation means something that can be popular very quickly.
Stop fidgeting! Estate quieto!. to make continuous small movements which annoy other people Children can't sit still for long without fidgeting. Stop fidgeting about!
Come on, you lot! Vamos, vosotros!
What do you like best to eat? qué es lo que más te gusta?
Ohhh, bother!!! Collons!!!
To get the blues You'll never get the blues. Nunca te pondrás triste
The lifetime of a machine la vida útil de una máquina.
Get lost! piérdete!
No time to chat! no hay tiempo para charlas
Where were we? dónde estábamos?
Don't despair! no desesperes. to feel despair about something or someone Don't despair! We'll find a way out!
Mind that! vigila eso!
Please, give me a break! Dame un respiro!
I'll give you a tinkle dar un toque o un telefonazo a alguien
To be ripe Estar maduro para...The fruit was ripe for picking. The law is ripe for reform.
My tummy's rumbling. I'm starving Mis tripas rugen. Estoy hambriento
To hand sth Could you hand me that hammer, please? Me pasas ese martillo? to put something into someone's hand from your own hand [+ two objects] The waiter smiled politely as he handed me my bill/handed my bill to me. Please read this memo carefully and hand it on (to your colleagues).
differently De manera diferente. We want to do things differently. Are girls treated differently?
To go under the knife Teens going under the knife. Fig. to submit to surgery; to have surgery done on oneself. She goes under the knife tomorrow for her gallbladder.
Circus freak fenómeno de circo, de feria
tennis freak fanático del tenis
We are meant to be estamos hechos el uno para el otro
I blew it, it's over! Lo he estropeado, está acabado!
Just mind your business! ocúpate de lo tuyo!
So long! Hasta luego!
It's not the end of the world no es el fin del mundo
Besides Además. in addition to; also Do you play any other sports besides football and basketball? She won't mind your being late - besides, it's hardly your fault.
To mess Tontear, waste time. Off to bed now, kids, and no messing! ¡A la cama, chicos, y sin tonterías!
No messing! Sin bromas, nada de tonterías!
To be under the gun Estar con la pistola en el pecho. I'm under the gun to finish a chapter
To pick up the slack Encargarse de todo, hacer el trabajo de otros. I was wondering if you could pick up the slack till I'm done...
Flaw Defecto, error. I'm no good at asking for help, it's my biggest flaw
I'm devoid of arguments No tengo argumentos
This is funny enough as it is Ya es muy divertido así
art for art's shake el arte por el arte
This was a lesson which I had yet to learn Esto era algo que aún no sabía
cheerio!!! see you later
your goings-on tus tejemanejes
it was slow going las cosas iban despacio
it reflects badly/well on him le perjudica,le hace honor
on reflection pensándolo bien
I've got a violent dislike of ... Bin Laden tengo una profunda antipatía/me da mucha rabia
She was everything but funny Era de todo menos simpática
to have a struggle to do something hacer un esfuerzo por hacer algo / They haven't a struggle to learn
it's weakening es extenuante
to have a rough time pasar una mala racha
a promise was given and must be performed una promesa se tiene que cumplir
he did not repent no se arrepintió
of the whole global
To reap You reap what you sow. Uno recoge lo que siembra.
soup for one Solteria. Single. ""I need something to look forward to in my soup-for-one life"". I can live with soup for one.
To pull a few (some) strings Mover los hilos. To use influence (with someone to get something done). I can get it done easily by pulling a few strings. Is it possible to get anything done around here without pulling some strings?
suck up to Lamerle el culo o hacerle la pelota a alguien. to try to make someone who is in authority approve of you by doing and saying things that will please them ""Why do you think he offered to take all that work home?"" ""Ah, he's just sucking up to the boss."" ""What is she sucking up to me for?
How does that grab you? ¿qué te parece? or How's that grab you?
the upside lo positivo, lo bueno. What would be the upside of seeing you more clearly? ¿Qué tendría de bueno/positivo ...
tacky hortera, chabacano. (informal disapproving) of cheap quality or in bad style The shop sold tacky souvenirs and ornaments.
To soft sb up Ablandar la voluntad de alguien. Reduce resistance, as in ""His sales motto was: a fine lunch and a few drinks often will soften up a prospective customer"".
to sweet-talk (or soft-soap) to talk to someone in a pleasing or clever way in order to persuade them to do or believe something The salesman tried to sweet-talk me into buying a bigger car.
To butter sb up Darle jabón o halagar a alguien.
bread and butter your bread and butter a job or activity that provides you with the money you need to live Gardening is my bread and butter at the moment. bread-and-butter adjective Bread-and-butter ideas or problems are the basic things that directly relate to most people Health and education are the sort of bread-and-butter issues that people vote on.
know which side of one's bread is buttered Be aware of where one's best interests lie, as in ""Jerry always helps out his boss; he knows which side of his bread is buttered"". This expression alludes to the more favorable, or buttered, side of bread and has been used metaphorically
get by Arreglarselas. to have just enough money to pay for the things that you need, but nothing more I don't know how he gets by on so little money. [often + on] to have or know just enough of something to be able to deal with a particular situation but not have or know as much as you would like We can just about get by with four computers but ideally we'd have another. [often + with] I can get by in Italian but I'm by no means fluent.
walk/tread a tightrope. A tightrope walker Estar en la cuerda floja. If you walk/tread a tightrope, you have to deal with a difficult situation, especially one involving making a decision between two opposing plans of action Many manufacturers have to walk a tightrope between pricing their goods too high and not selling them, and pricing them low and losing money.
forward roll in a mat voltereta en una estera
what is meant to be, will be lo que haya que de ser, será; lo que tenga que ser, será; que pase lo que tenga que pasar; lo que tenga que pasar, que pase
fib mentirijilla. a small lie which does not cause any harm Don't believe him - he's telling fibs again.
That was a bit of a cheat! Un poco de trampa
boob metedura de pata (también tetas). UK informal a silly mistake Forgetting the President's name was a bit of a boob.
I must dash now me tengo que ir ahora
I wish I knew what... ojalá supiera qué...
I'm stuck for an answer estoy atrapado buscando una respuesta
Get your teeth into If you get your teeth into something, you become involved in or do something that is intellectually challenging or satisfying. ('Dig you teeth into' and 'sink your teeth into' are also used.)
chore a job or piece of work which is often boring or unpleasant but needs to be done regularly I'll go shopping when I've done my chores (= done the jobs in or around the house). Ironing is a chore. I find writing reports a real chore (= very boring).
To pop out I'm popping out for a while. Voy a salir un ratito
I'll help as far as I can ayudaré todo lo que pueda
airtight al vacío. Completely closed so that no air can get in or out Biscuits will stay crisp if you keep them in an airtight container.
lunch box tupper
To feel droopy Estar mustio. to bend or hang down heavily The flowers were drooping in the heat. I can see you're tired because your eyelids have started to droop. • If your spirits (= feelings of happiness) droop, you start to feel less happy and energetic.
I was dying for a pee Me estaba haciendo pipi
upside the advantage of a situation It's annoying that we can't travel until Thursday, but the upside is that the fare's cheaper then.
in my humble opinion en mi modesta opinión. not proud or not believing that you are important He's very humble about his success. formal Please accept our humble apologies for the error. In my humble opinion (= I want to emphasize that I think that) we should never have bought the car in the first place. • poor or of a low social rank Even when she became rich and famous, she never forgot her humble background. • ordinary; not special or very important At that time she was just a humble mechanic. humorous Welcome to our humble abode (= our home).
That's not the point Esa no es la cuestión
To be in/out of tune with sb be in/out of tune with sb/sth If you are in tune with people or ideas, you understand or agree with them, and if you are out of tune with them, you do not Much of his success comes from being in tune with what his customers want. Her theories were out of tune with the scientific thinking of the time.
one at a time uno después del otro. De uno en uno
To strain the pips colar las pepitas
To be tied up keep busy. She's tied up with a costumer just now
plug toma de corriente. Is there a plug in the bedroom that I can use for my hairdryer?
blind spot punto débil/flaco. a subject that you find very difficult to understand at all, sometimes because you are not willing to try I am quite good at English, but I have a bit of a blind spot where spelling is concerned.
To sour avinagrarse. to (cause to) become unpleasant or unfriendly Her whole attitude to life soured as a result of that experience. This affair has soured relations between the two countries.
blockbuster taquillazo. a book or film that is very successful, especially because it is exciting a blockbuster movie/novel
withdrawal symptoms the unpleasant physical and mental effects which result when you stop doing or taking something, especially a drug, which has become a habit He was suffering from all the classic withdrawal symptoms associated with giving up heroin - inability to sleep, anxiety, sweating and fever. figurative humorous I haven't seen any TV for over a week and I'm having withdrawal symptoms.
glum, you look very glum today apagado o tristón. disappointed or unhappy, and quiet You look glum. What's up? He's very glum about the company's prospects. • If a place is glum, it is not attractive and has nothing that causes pleasure They live in one glum little room.
To be cruel to extremely unkind and unpleasant and causing pain to people or animals intentionally Don't tease him about his weight - it's cruel. Children can be very cruel to each other. • causing suffering His death was a cruel blow.
You are in luck! ¡estás de suerte!
To fancy oneself ser un creído. mainly UK disapproving to think you are very attractive or important That Dave really fancies himself, doesn't he?
hold on (a second) espérate un momento
cuckoo chalado, descabellado. Silly
to be/live in cloud-cuckoo-land live/be in cloud-cuckoo-land to not be realistic but to think that things which are completely impossible might happen When referees make contentious decisions players are going to be upset, and anyone who thinks otherwise is living in cloud-cuckoo-land.
nibble picar algo. to eat something by taking a lot of small bites Have you got some peanuts for us to nibble while the party warms up? A mouse has nibbled through the computer cables. Jenny's hamster's nibbled a hole in the sofa. • [T] to bite something gently and repeatedly She nibbled his ear.
to go on a binge irse de juerga, parranda, farra. an occasion when an activity is done in an extreme way, especially eating, drinking or spending money a drinking/eating/spending binge The annual office binge (= party) is in December. A huge binge. He went on a five day drinking binge.
sap inocentón. mainly US informal a stupid person who can easily be tricked or persuaded to do something He's a sap for (= He can easily be persuaded to buy) any new machine.
to be on the brink of -ING estar a punto de. the point where a new or different situation is about to begin Extreme stress had driven him to the brink of a nervous breakdown. Scientists are on the brink of (= extremely close to) a major new discovery. The country stood on the brink of war.
amid en medio de, entre. in the middle of or surrounded by; among On the floor, amid mounds of books, were two small envelopes. The new perfume was launched amidst a fanfare of publicity.
bold atrevido, imprudente. brave; not fearing danger She was a bold and fearless climber. The newspaper made the bold move/took the bold step of publishing the names of the men involved.
I'll give it a shot lo probaré
frightening stuff making you feel fear a frightening thought a frightening film It is frightening to think what might happen if she left him.
occupational hazard gajes del oficio. A working condition that can lead to illness or death.
plaster tirita
cavity caries. Also a hole or an empty space.
tap grifo, caño. Turn the tap on/off. ""Beer on tap""
I'll start right away ahora mismo lo haré
hot on the trail of an answer locos por encontrar una respuesta. be hot on sth informal to think that a particular thing is very important and to demand that it is done well or correctly They're very hot on dress at work so she always looks very smart for the office.
You are so understanding... eres tan comprensivo...
That's the least I can do Es lo menos que puedo hacer
Least said soonest mended UK saying This means a bad situation can be quickly forgotten if people stop talking about it.
to be a natural ser un talento. someone who was born with the right characteristics or abilities for doing a particular thing She won't have any troubles learning to ride a horse - you can see she's a natural.
shameless descarado. not ashamed, especially about something generally considered unacceptable She is quite shameless about her ambition. They seem to have a shameless disregard for truth. • behaving in a way intended to attract sexual interest, without feeling ashamed about it She's a shameless hussy.
catch the fever! contagiarse, engancharse al carro, subirse al tren, aprovecharse de una oportunidad pasajera, seguir la moda
drop off quedarse dormido. to start to sleep
what rotten weather! qué tiempo tan asqueroso, tan malo!.
To be in a miserable mood con el ánimo por los suelos. very unhappy She's miserable living on her own. • unpleasant and causing unhappiness miserable weather What a miserable existence! How could anyone live in such dreadful conditions.
spooky espeluznante, que da miedo. strange and frightening It was a spooky coincidence.
to juggle hacer malabarismos. To juggle the demands of work and family. informal to succeed in arranging your life so that you have time to involve yourself in two or more different activities or groups of people Many parents find it hard to juggle children and a career.
A little birdie told me... un pajarito me ha dicho
a cake in the shape of... un pastelito con forma de
To pay a visit to hacer una visita a...
To talk about this and that If you say that you are doing or talking about this and that, or this, that, and the other you mean that you are doing or talking about a variety of things that you do not want to specify.
hold me tight! abrázame fuerte!
sleep tight! que duermas bien!
the sack la piltra, la cama. I'm going to hit the sack
To be glowing with happiness Estar radiante de felicidad
yuck! puaf!an expression of disgust (= disapproval and dislike)
yucky asqueroso. disgusting or unpleasant a yucky green colour
sort out day día/jornada para ordenar todo
To peek mirar a hurtadillas at sth/sb
The office party was a real giggle la fiesta fue todo un número. UK informal something which is funny, often when it involves laughing at someone else Just for a giggle, we hid his trousers while he was in the water.
gotta have got to
wanna want to
I'm not shape like this yo no tengo esa pinta
to puff soplar, resoplar. to breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been doing exercise He came puffing up the stairs. [+ speech] ""I ran all the way home,"" she puffed (= said while puffing).
to be nuts about sb/sth deshacerse, derretirse por. Extremely enthusiastic: I'm nuts about opera.
ease your mind! relájate!
It's easy to be wise after the event used to mean that it is easy to understand what you could have done to prevent something bad from happening after it has happened In retrospect, we should have insisted on checking his calculations, but it's easy to be wise after the event.
easy come, easy go said when something, especially money, is easily got and then soon spent or lost I lost £500 in a card game last night, but that's life - easy come, easy go.
go fly a kite! go fly a kite Informal To cease being an annoyance. Often used in the imperative.
A watched pot never boils El que espera, desespera. Meaning: If you want to heat water until it boils, and you watch it while you wait, then it seems to take a very long time. In the same way, anything that we wait for with eager attention seems to take a very long time: like waiting for someone to arrive, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for a letter to come. Note: watch (verb) = look at; observe with attention | watched = looked at; attentively observed | pot (noun) = a container for cooking or storage | boil (verb) = reach a very high temperature (at which water turns to vapour) | Alternative version: ""A watched kettle never boils.""
Facts are stubborn things La realidad es tozuda. We cannot avoid the truth, even when it is not what we want to hear or express. Note: fact (noun): something that is undeniably true (snow is white; 2 + 2 = 4; the sun is hot) | stubborn (adj.): having determination not to change; difficult to move or remove
None so blind as those who will not see No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver. Nobody is more blind than the person who decides he does not want to see. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance. Note: none (pronoun): no person; no one | blind (adj.): unable to see; not having the power of sight | will (verb): intend; desire [this is ""will"" used as a main verb, not as a modal auxiliary verb] | Also: ""There's none so blind as those who will not see.""
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak El espíritu es fuerte, pero la carne es débil.Even though we may want to say ""No"" to temptation (doing something bad), our body may be unable to resist it."" Note: spirit (noun): the non-physical part of a person (including emotions and character); the soul | willing (adj.): ready or happy to do something | flesh (noun): the physical part of a person; the body; the outer surface of the body Origin: This proverb is based on a verse in the Bible (Matthew 26:41): ""Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.""
How is your day going? ¿Cómo te va el día?
nothing simpler nada más simple
but by all means Without fail; certainly.
that's a bit hard to swallow eso no hay quien se lo trague (coloquial)
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