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More expressions! Posted by on Oct 23, 2008 in Spanish Culture, Spanish Vocabulary

Spanish has thousands of fixed expressions. I have chosen some adverbial phrases with the preposition “a” so you can see how colorful those expressions can be.

A ciegas – without thinking

A deshoras – at an inappropriate time

A diestro y siniestro – left and right

A duras penas – with difficulty

A fe mía – truthfully

A gatas – on all fours

A hurtadillas – stealthily, on the sly

(echarse) A la bartola – to be lazing about

A la carrera – in a rush

A la chita callando -underhandedly, secretly

A la diabla – sloppily

A la postre – in the end

A la vez – at the same time

A lo mejor – perhaps

A mares – abundantly

A menudo – often

A mi entender – in my opinion

A ojo de buen cubero – roughly, at a guess

A ojos vista – in plain sight

A paso de tortuga – at a crawl

A pedir de boca – just fine, the best situation possible

A plazos – in installments

A regañadientes – reluctantly, unwillingly

A sabiendas – consciously, knowing the consequences

A sangre y fuego – at all costs, mercilessly

See you next time!

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


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