05 Idioms With Word “Largo” Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Spanish Vocabulary, Uncategorized


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Largo means basically “long”, talking about width or duration. Check out some examples:

Todavía nos queda delante un largo camino antes de llegar.
We still have a long way to go before arriving.

Se me hizo muy larga la película.
The movie was very long to me.

Después de largos años de no saber nada de él, un día apareció de repente.
After several years of not knowing anything about him, one day he showed up unexpectedly.

Largo also has several very interesting idioms!


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1. cara larga – cara seria o enfadada (long face)

Después de la derrota, los jugadores volvieron al vestuario con caras largas.
After being defeated, the players came back to the locker room with long faces.

2. a la larga – con el paso del tiempo (in the end, eventually)

A la larga, no sé si será muy interesante.
Eventually, I don’t know if it will be very interesting.

Hace efecto a la larga, tendrás que tener paciencia.
It will have effect eventually, you’ll have to be patient.

3. a lo largo (de) – en sentido longitudinal (lengthwise, along, throughout); durante (during)

Pártelo a lo largo en vez de a lo ancho.
Split it lengthwise instead of widthwise.

Me gusta pasear a lo largo de la orilla del río.
I like to take walks along the river bank.

A lo largo de todo este tiempo no nos hemos visto mucho.
Throughout all this time we haven’t seen each other a lot.

4. de largo – desde hace mucho tiempo (happening for a long time); con un vestido de fiesta que llega más o menos hasta los pies (in a long dress)

Ese malentendido viene ya de largo.
This misunderstanding has been happening for a long time.

Voy a ir de largo esta noche a la cena.
I’m going to wear a long dress at the dinner party tonight.

5. pasar de largo – no detenerse una persona/una cosa en un lugar (to go past someone or something)

Elena me vio y pasó de largo.
Ele saw me and went past me (didn’t stop!).

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