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SPAN 3290: proverbs and idioms (1-13)

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a caballo regaldo no se le mira el diente
don't look a horse in the mouth
a Dios rogando y con el mazo dando
put your faith in God and keep your powder dry
a duras penas
with great difficulty
a escondidas
without the knowledge of; secretly; under the table
a grandes rasgos
briefly, in outline
a la americana
Dutch treat (to split the bill)
a la carrera
on the run
a lo largo de
bordering; along the length of
a más tardar
at the latest
a prueba de
proof against (water, fire, etc.)
a quemarropa
point blank
a quien corresponda
to whom it may concern
a quien madruga, dios le ayuda
the early bird gets the worm
a saber
namely; that is
a tráves de
through; across
a última hora
in the nick of time
a cabar de
to have just
a cusar recido
to acknowledge receipt
al fin y al cabo
when all is said and done
al pan, pan y al vino, vino
to call a spade a spade
al pie de la letra
exactly, to the letter
algo por el estilo
something like that
anda despacio que tengo prisa
haste makes waste
andar como loco
to run around wildly
antes doblar que quebrar
if you can't lick them, join them
antes que te cases, mira lo que haces
marry in haste, repent at leisure
buen provecho
bon appetit
cada muerte de obispo
once in a blue moon
cada oveja con su pareja
Birds of a feather flock together; a mate for every old shoe
carne de gallina
goose bumps
con destino a
bound for
con las manos en la masa
caught red handed
conforme a
in accordance with
consultar con la almohada
to sleep on it
contra viento y marea
come hell or high water; against all odds
correr la voz
to be rumored
correr peligro
to take a chance
costar un ojo de la cara
to cost an arm and a leg
cruzarse de brazos
to be indifferent
cuanto antes
as soon as possible
cuentos verdes
off-color jokes; "blue" jokes
cuesta abajo
easy; downhill
dar a luz
to give birth
dar de baja
to discharge; to drop from a team or unit
dar en el clavo
to hit the nail on the head
dar gato por liebre
to deceive, cheat
dar las gracias
to give thanks, to thank
dar mucha pena
to be very sorry; to be very embarrassed
dar parte
to inform; to report; to invite to an important occasion
dar una mano
to lend a hand
de acuerdo con
in accordance with
de dirección única
one way
de etiqueta
formal dress
de golpe
suddenly
de Guatemala a Guatapeor
from bad to worse
de hecho
as a matter of fact
de la noche a la mañana
overnight, in a short time
de mal en peor
from bad to worse
de memoria
by heart; memorize
de pura casualidad
by chance
de tal palo, tal astilla
a chip off the old block
dejar a uno en la calle
to bleed white; to rip off
dejar a uno plantado
to stand someone up
del dicho al hecho hay mucho trecho
easier said than done
desde luego
of course
dicho y hecho
no sooner said than done
digno de confianza
reliable
dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres
a man is judged by the company he keeps
dios mediante
god willing
dirigir la palabra
to address, to talk to
día hábil
workday
don de gentes
charisma, way with people
donde hubo fuego hay cenizas
where there's smoke, there's fire
donde menos se piensa salta la liebre
expect the unexpected
echar a perder
to go to waste; to spoil (as in fruit, or children)
echar de menos
to miss, feel the absence of
echar flores
to flatter
echarse un trago
to have a drink
El hombre propone y dios dispone
man proposes, God disposes
el que mucho abarca poco aprieta
don't bite off more than you can chew
el tiempo es oro
time is money
en aquel entonces
back then
en boca cerrada no entran moscas
silence is golden
en breve plazo
in a short time
en calidad de
in the capacity of
en cuero
naked, in your birthday suit
en efectivo
cash
en el peligro se conoce el amigo
a friend in need is a friend indeed
en fin
in short, oh well
en hora buena
luckily, safely
en mangas de camisa
in shirt sleeves
en punto
on the dot
en su apogeo
at one's peak
en un abrir y cerrar de ojos
in the blink of an eye
en un descuido
when least expected
encargarse de
to take charge of
entre la espada y la pared
between the devil and the deep blue sea
esforzarse por
to strive for
este arroz ya se conoció
it's in the bags
estar a punto de
to be about to
estar chiflado
to be nuts
estar de acuerdo
to be in agreement
estar de luto
to be in mourning
estar de moda
to be fashionable
estar en el pellejo de otro
to be in someone else's shoes
estar en las nubes
to be daydreaming
estar en vigor
to be in effect (as in a treaty)
estar en vísperas de
on the eve of
estar muy metido en
to be deeply involved in
estar para
to be about to
estar quebrado
to be broke, bankrupt
fiesta quinceañera
coming-of-age party for a young woman (age 15)
formar parte de
to be part of