Spanish idioms Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Spanish Culture

Let’s learn some very useful and colloquial idioms.

1. no poder pegar ojo – not be able to sleep a wink
2. dormir a pierna suelta – to have a good night’s sleep

Mi mujer no pudo pegar ojo a causa del ruido, pero yo dormí toda la noche a pierna suelta. (My wife couldn’t sleep a wink because of the noise, but I had a good night’s sleep.)

3. a las tantas – late at night

Todos los días llega a casa a las tantas. (He gets home late at night every day.)

4. andarse con rodeos – beat around the bush

No te andes con rodeos, dime la verdad. (Don’t beat around the bush, tell me the truth.)

5. ver las estrellas – to be in extreme pain

Sentí tanto dolor cuando me caí que vi las estrellas. (I was in extreme pain when I fell.)

6. tomarle el pelo a alguien – to pull someone’s leg

No te creas lo que te está diciendo, te está tomando el pelo. (Don’t believe what he’s saying, he’s pulling your leg.)

7. traer a alguien de cabeza – to drive someone crazy, to make someone worried

Hace un mes que ese asunto me trae de cabeza. No sé qué hacer. (I’ve been worried about this matter for a month. I don’t know what to do.)

8. estar entre Pinto y Valdemoro – not be able to make up your mind

No sabe si se va a Estados Unidos o a Inglaterra para estudiar inglés. Está entre Pinto y Valdemoro. (He doesn’t know whether to go to the US or England to study English. He can’t make up his mind.)

Nos vemos prontito.

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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.