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sino tambin por el conjunto de expresiones que utiliza. El conocimiento de estas frases,
obviamente, no te convertir en un experto en ingls pero te ayudar a entender a los nativos bien
y mantener cualquier conversacin.
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y ejemplo de uso.
Expresiones idiomticas con sus
Traduccin Ejemplo

despus de todo, al fin

after all despite, nevertheless I knew it! After all, I was right!
y al cabo
I knew about his little secret all
all along all the time todo el tiempo
all ears eager to listen todo odos I am all ears.
All of a sudden, he refused
all of a sudden suddenly de repente, de pronto
to pay.
da igual, lo mismo; If its all the same to you, lets
all the same no difference
de todos modos start at two.
He cant fix anything, hes all
all thumbs clumsy torpe
apple of discord subject of envy This question is an apple
manzana de la discordia
or quarrel of discord in our family.
As a rule, we offer a 5%
as a rule usually como regla general
As far as I am concerned, both
as far as I am concerned
en lo que a m respecta the book and the movie are
in my opinion
As for me, you can rely on his
as for me/as to me in my opinion en cuanto a m
He knows math, and physics
as well also, too tambin
as well.
en lo ms mnimo, He doesnt know French at all.
at all (not) in the smallest degree
en absoluto I dont like it at all.
He chose those places
at random without order al azar
at random.
At this point, we cant turn
at this point at this time a estas alturas
I was about to leave when you
be about to ready (to do) estar a punto de
estar tras alguien; His mother is always after him
be after someone insist, press
insistir, presionar to study.
Im all in, Id better go to bed
be all in be extremely tired estar hecho polvo
recuperarse despus
Hes back on his feet after
be back on ones feet healthy again de un tiempo difcil;
a long period of debt and
or better financially ponerse de pie otra vez

beat around the bush avoid giving Stop beating around the bush!
irse por las ramas
a clear/definite answer Get to the point!
be beside oneself be very upset, She was beside herself with
estar fuera de s
nervous, worried, etc. worry / with grief.
estar en una mejor Hell be better off with a new
be better off be in a better situation
situacin job.
I spent all my money, Im
be broke have no money at all estar en bancarrota
My son is hard on shoes, they
be hard on something /someone ser duro con
dont last long with him. Life
treat roughly algo/alguien
was pretty hard on Tom.
A new car is high on my list
be high on ones list be one of the encabezar la lista de los
of priorities. A new TV is not
most important things asuntos importantes
high on my list.
estar a cargo de, ser
be in charge of be responsible for He is in charge of marketing.
responsable de
estar en deuda, estar Our sales were in the red last
be in the red be in debt
quebrado year.
be into smth. be interested in estar
He is into computers. She
is into sports.
por algo
hacer todo lo que I bent over backwards to help
bend over backwards try hard
se pueda her.
be on ones way estar en el camino Im on my way.
be on the safe side not to take any para mayor seguridad Take an extra key, just
chances to be on the safe side.
estar fuera de, estar We are out of bread, cheese,
be out of be without
desabastecido, no tener and sugar.
no estar en forma / estar He needs to exercise, he is out
be out of shape be physically unfit
en mala condicin fsica of shape.
Leave him alone, hes out
be out of sorts in bad humor estar de mal humor
of sorts today
estar presionado por
Im pressed for time now.
be pressed for time / money tiempo/dinero (no tener
We are pressed for money
be short of; not have enough suficiente tiempo/dinero
at the moment.
por el momento)
ajeno a la cuestin, What I said to him privately
beside the point off the point
no va al caso is beside the point.
Who is to blame for this awful
be to blame be responsible for
ser culpable mistake? Tom is to blame for
a mistake / something wrong
this mix-up.
He was very sick, and for some
be touch and go be uncertain of the
pender de un hilo time it was touch and go, but
he is better now.
Our company is up against
be up against be opposed by, have (a algo/alguien),
serious attempts of hostile
problems, be in danger encontrarse ante
volver a andar,
be up and around/about able He was sick for a month, but
recuperarse (despus
to be out of bed after an illness now he is up and around.
de una enfermedad)
be up to ones ears very busy estar muy ocupado Im up to my ears in work.
I have to check what the kids
be up to something do mischief estar tramando algo
are up to.
ser decisin de alguien, Its up to you to decide. Its
be up to someone be ones own
corresponderle a alguien up to you to close the office
decision or responsibility
every day at 8 oclock.
Im used to hard work. Hes
be used to be accustomed to estar acostumbrado a
used to heat.
big shot important person persona importante He is a big shot around here.
sobrevalorar tus fuerzas I couldnt handle two jobs and
bite off more than one can chew
(morder ms de lo que family. I really bit off more
try to do more than one can
puedes masticar) than I could chew.
morderse la lengua, I almost told her, but bit
bite ones tongue stop talking
dejar de hablar my tongue.
Many of them bit the dust
bite the dust die, be defeated morder el polvo, morir
in that war.
black sheep a good-for-nothing oveja negra Their second son is the black
member of the family sheep of the family, he is good
for nothing.
She refuses to go on a blind
blind date a meeting of a man and
cita a ciegas date again because she had bad
woman arranged by friends
blow it lose the chance perder la oportunidad He understood that he blew it.
Wait here till his anger blows
blow over pass, end pasar
The bottom line is, I dont have
bottom line main result/factor resultado
enough money.
entrar por la fuerza, The police broke into the
break into enter by force
penetrar robbers house.
romper el corazn The news of her death broke
break ones heart hurt deeply
de alguien his heart.
romper el hielo (superar The party was dull until
break the ice overcome shyness
la timidez y dar someone broke the ice with
in making the first step
el primer paso) a joke and we all laughed.
CNN is breaking the news right
break the news tell new facts difundir la informacin
bring home the bacon earn the He works very hard at several
proveer a la familia
living for the family places to bring home the bacon.
The boss brushed off
brush off give no attention to no hacer caso
my project again.
repasar, refrescar You need to brush up on the
brush up on review
la memoria tenses.
definitivamente, por Do you need my help?
by all means -definitely, certainly
supuesto By all means.
Learn this poem by heart for
by heart by memorizing de memoria
by hook or by crook by any means She will get what she wants
como sea
possible by hook or by crook.
By the way, Ann is coming
by the way incidentally por cierto
back today.
call a spade a spade use plain, llamar a las cosas por He always tells the truth and
direct words su nombre calls a spade a spade.
Weve been working for
call it a day consider work finished considerar el trabajo
10 straight hours. Lets call
for the day terminado
it a day.
The police called off the
call off cancel cancelar
carry out fulfill realizar, cumplir She never carries out her plans.
tener peso en, influir, His advice always carries
carry weight be important
ser importante weight here.
He was cast down by the bad
cast down depressed, sad desanimar
Instead of working hard,
castles in the air daydreaming (construir) castillos
he spends time building castles
about success en el aire
in the air.
catch ones eye attract attention llamar la atencin This picture caught my eye.
I cant run, I need to catch
catch ones breath stop and rest recobrar el aliento
my breath.
catch someone off guard catch He caught me off guard with
tomar por sorpresa
someone unprepared his question.
The manager caught the boy
catch someone red-handed find sorprender a alguien con
red-handed when he was
smb. in the act of doing wrong las manos en la masa
stealing cigarettes.
He needs to catch up with the
catch up become not behind ponerse al da
por poco sucede algo The speeding car almost hit the
close call a narrow escape, a bad
malo (escaparse por man. That was really a close
thing that almost happened
milagro) call.
I came across that article
come across meet by chance encontrar
come down with become ill caer resfriado Im coming down with a cold.
He finally came to his senses,
come to ones senses start acting
entrar en razn started to work hard, and
reasonably, intelligently
passed his exams.
My dream came true when I
come true become reality volverse realidad
met Pat.
Mike came up with a brilliant
come up with suggest proponer
You can always count
count on depend on contar con
on me for help.
He ran fast, cutting corners
cut corners to take a short-cut; buscar atajos, omitir
where he could. I have to cut
to limit ones spending procedimientos
corners this week.
You have to cut down
cut down on reduce reducir el consumo
on chocolate.
She isnt cut out
cut out to be /cut out for it have the estar hecho para (algn
to be a surgeon. Hes cut out
ability to do something trabajo)
to be a leader.
I did my best to help him in his
do ones best try very hard dar lo mejor de s
aportar su granito
Ill do my bit, you can count
do ones bit do whats needed de arena; hacer
on me.
lo necesario
This work is not good,
do over do again rehacer
do it over.
Fresh air and exercise will
do someone good be good for beneficiar
do you good.
I hate people who do things
do something behind ones back hacer algo a espaldas
behind my back. He did
do (harmful) things secretively de uno
it behind my back again.
Ill have to do without a car for
do without live without vivir sin, prescindir
a while.
Hes quiet, sensible and down
down to earth practical prctico, realista
to earth.
He drew the line for her
draw the line fix a limit trazar la lnea, limitar
at $100 a day.
dress up put on the best clothes ponerse la mejor ropa What are you dressed up for?
llevar (a una persona
Can you drop me off at the
drop off deliver somewhere a un lugar), dejar (a una
persona en un lugar)
He dropped out of school last
drop out quit (school) abandonar
He said, Duty calls and left
duty calls must fulfill obligations el deber llama
for work.
es ms fcil decir que Its easier said than done, but
easier said than done
hacerlo Ill try to do it.
He had to eat his words after
eat ones words take back words tragarse las palabras
her report.
I work hard. Even so, I like
even so nevertheless, but an as
my job.
Every now and then I visit
every now and then -occasionally de vez en cuando
my old aunt.
cada dos das; un da She washes her hair every other
every other day every second one
s y un da no day.
The little boy fell behind the
fall behind lag behind quedarse atrs
older boys.
Tom fell in love with Sue
fall in love begin to love enamorarse
at first sight.
They fell out of love and
fall out of love stop loving dejar de amar
divorced soon.
I heard he quit but it was a false
false alarm untrue rumor falsa alarma
muy lejos de ser algo, His second book wasnt bad,
a far cry from something very
muy diferente a lo que but it was a far cry from his
different, almost opposite (neg.)
creas first book.
feel it in ones bones expect tener una corazonada Something bad is going
something bad to happen (presentimiento) to happen, I feel it in my bones.
antojarse de hacer algo, I feel like going for a walk.
feel like doing something want
sentir ganas de hacer I dont feel like working now,
to do, be inclined to do smth.
algo Im tired.
tener nimo para hacer I dont feel up to cleaning the
feel up to be able to do
algo house.
Her visits are few and far
few and far between rare, scarce muy pocos, escasos
He always finds faults with
find fault with criticize encontrar fallos, criticar
I found out that Maria left
find out learn or discover averiguar, descubrir
You can trust it, its firsthand
firsthand directly from the source de primera mano
First things first: how much
first things first important things
primero lo primero money do we have to pay right
come before others
He flew off the handle and
fly off the handle get angry perder los estribos
yelled at me.
Igor followed in his fathers
follow in someones footsteps
seguir los pasos de otro footsteps, he became a doctor,
do the same thing
tener un pie adentro Nina got a foot in the door
foot in the door a special
(tener una oportunidad because her friend works
opportunity for a job
de trabajo) in that company.
Her father footed the bill for
foot the bill pay the bill pagar
the party.
After her death, he left town for
for good forever para siempre
por el momento, por For the time being, this house
for the time being at this time
ahora is all right for us.
I cant do it in this frame
frame of mind mental state estado de nimo
of mind.
conocer algo de pe a pa; He knows this town from A
from A to Z completely
de cabo a rabo to Z.
desde ahora, a partir From now on, I forbid you
from now on now and in the future
de ahora to go there.
get a grip on oneself take control obtener control sobre Stop crying! Get a grip
of ones feelings s mismo on yourself!
Ann gets along with most
get along with have good relations llevarse bien con coworkers, but doesnt get
along with Laura.
get away with not be caught after evitar el castigo, escapar The police didnt find the thief.
doing wrong de la justicia He got away with his crime.
He got carried away with
get carried away get too excited
entusiasmarse opening a store and lost most
and enthusiastic about something
of his money.
I wanted to try it but got cold
get cold feet be afraid to do entrarle miedo a alguien
Ill get even with him for
get even with have ones revenge desquitarse
Get in touch with Mr. Smith for
get in touch with contact contactar a alguien
She got lost in the old part
get lost lose ones way perderse
of town.
Vete! Desaparcete! I dont want to see you again.
Get lost! Lay off!
Lrgate! Get lost!
I got mixed up, went the wrong
get mixed up get confused confundir
way and got lost.
Stop bothering me! Get off
get off ones back leave alone dejar a alguien en paz
my back!
actuar como si fueras Every time I ask her to help
get on ones high horse behave
mejor que otras me with typing, she gets on her
haughtily towards someone
personas, ser engredo high horse.
get on (the bus, train, plane) subir (el transporte) I got on the bus on Oak Street.
get off (the bus, train, plane) bajar (el transporte) I got off the bus at the bank.
salirse de las manos, If he gets out of hand again,
get out of hand get out of control
fuera de control call me right away.
recuperarse despus
I cant get over how rude
get over recover after an illness de una enfermedad
he was to me. She got over her
or bad experience o mala experiencia,
illness quite quickly.
He got rid of his old useless
get rid of dispose of, discard deshacerse
My friends and I get together
get together meet with reunirse
He usually gets to the bottom
get to the bottom know deeply llegar al fondo de algo
of things.
get to the point get to the matter ir al grano Get to the point!
Dame un respiro! Come on, stop it! Give
Give me a break! spare me
Djame! me a break!
Can you give me a hand with
give someone a hand help dar la mano, ayudar
Can you give me a lift to the
give someone a lift /a ride take
llevar a alguien en auto bank? He gave her a ride in his
to some place by car
new Porsche.
She lost my umbrella again,
criticar, decir
give someone a piece of ones so I gave her a piece
abiertamente lo que
mind criticize frankly of my mind about her
give up stop doing something, stop I gave up smoking. I gave
trying to do something up trying to fix my old car.
First he said he would help me,
go back on ones word break romper
but then he went back on his
a promise la palabra/promesa
go for it try to do a new thing intentar algo nuevo If I were you, I would go for it.
His business went from bad
go from bad to worse be worse ir de mal en peor
to worse.
salir (de fiesta, al cine, Do he and his wife go out
go out go to parties, movies
etc.) often?
poner mucho esfuerzo, He goes out of his way
go out of ones way -try very hard
intentar mucho to please her.
subirse a la cabeza
His acting success went to his
go to ones head make too proud (xito), sentirse
demasiado orgulloso
go to pieces get very upset, fall derrumbarse, quedar She went to pieces when she
apart deshecho heard it.
go with the flow lead quiet life ir con la corriente She always goes with the flow.
When she knew him more,
grow on someone become liked gustar poco a poco
he grew on her.
You look ill, youd better see
had better should ms vale que
a doctor.
Yesterday we had a ball at the
have a ball have a good time pasarla bien
Mr. Brown, I have a bone
have a bone to pick complain tener una cuenta que
to pick with you. My mail was
or discuss something unpleasant ajustar
lost because of you.
have a word with someone talk to hablar con alguien Can I have a word with you?
I had words with my coworker
have words with someone argue hablar muy seriamente
today because he used
with someone about something con alguien /discutir
my computer again.
Laura has it in her to be a good
have it in him have the ability tener habilidades
no es tu asunto,
have no business doing something no tienes derecho de You have no business staying
have no right to do (estar aqu, hacer esto, here without my permission.
have ones back to the wall estar entre la espada I had no choice, I had my back
be hard-pressed, on the defensive y la pared to the wall.
He has his hands full with hard
have ones hands full very busy estar muy ocupado
She has her heart set on going
have ones heart set on something querer algo demasiado,
to New York. He has his heart
want something very much ansiar algo
set on Betty.
Does he have pull with the
have pull have influence on influir, pesar
(no) atreverse a hacer
I dont have the heart to tell
(not) have the heart (not) have the algo desagradable;
him that he wasnt accepted,
courage to do smth. unpleasant (no) tener corazn para
hell be so unhappy.

en todas partes
(en el cielo I searched high and low for
high and low everywhere
y en la tierra, cuando my lost cat.
se refiere a bsquedas)
You hit the nail on the head
hit the nail on the head say exactly
acertar when you said our company
the right thing
needs a new director.
pensar en algo; They hit upon gold. I hit upon
hit upon something to discover
descubrir a plan.
guardar rencores
hold it against someone blame en contra de alguien; I lost his book, but he doesnt
somebody for doing something culpar a alguien por hold it against me.
Hold it! Stop! Wait! Detente! Espera! Hold it! I forgot my key.
Hold on! Ill be back
Hold on! Wait! Espera!
in a minute.
He can hold his own in any
hold ones own maintain oneself
mantenerse firme situation. We need men who
in a situation, behave as needed
can hold their own.
This bank was held up twice
hold up rob using a weapon asaltar, atacar
last year.

She felt ill at ease because

ill at ease uncomfortable disgustado, incmodo
of her cheap dress.
He told her about his plan
in advance well before de antemano
in advance.
en breve, en pocas In a nutshell, my plan is to buy
in a nutshell in a few words
palabras land.
(escribir) a alguien
Im staying at Toms house.
in care of someone write to one a la direccin de otra
Write to me in care of Tom
person at the address of another persona (al cuidado de)
Gray, Chicago, Illinois.

in cold blood mercilessly a sangre fra He killed her in cold blood.

In fact, he works as a manager
in fact actually, in reality de hecho, en realidad
In general, he likes to be alone.
in general generally, generally
en general He described the place only
in general.
estar como pez Hes in his element when hes
in ones element what one likes
en el agua arguing.
In other words, you refused
in other words using other words en otras palabras
to do it for her.
I didnt really like the concert.
in plain English in simple, frank
sencillamente hablando In plain English, the concert
was terrible.
He knows the ins and outs
the ins and outs all info about los pormenores
of this business.
en los zapatos Id hate to be in his shoes now.
in someones shoes in another
de alguin, en lugar He lost his job, and his wife
persons position
de otra persona is in the hospital.
In the long run, itll be better
in the long run in the end al final de cuentas
to buy it.
Stop arguing with me, were
in the same boat in the same en el mismo barco;
in the same boat and should
situation en la misma situacion
help each other.
Pay the bill and youll be in the
in the clear free from blame estar fuera de sospecha
in time (to do something) before a tiempo (para hacer I came in time to have a cup
something begins algo) of coffee before class.
It goes without saying that
it goes without saying should
no hace falta decir nada he must pay what he owes right
be clear without words
est en la punta His name is on the tip
Its on the tip of my tongue.
de mi lengua of my tongue.
its time should do it right away es hora Hurry up, its time to go.
Watch this film, its worth it.
Its worth it. / Its not worth it. Its lo vale / no lo vale Dont buy this coat, it is not
(not) worth buying, visiting, watching, vale la pena / no vale worth it. This museum is worth
etc. la pena visiting. This film is not worth
it will do its enough es suficiente Stop reading, it will do for now.
His boss mentioned a job
jump at the opportunity/chance aprovechar
in Europe, and Peter jumped
accept the opportunity eagerly la oportunidad
at the opportunity.
Id just as soon stay home, Im
just as soon prefer this one preferira
just in case to be on the safe side por si acaso Take an extra shirt, just in case.
Vaya suerte que tengo! They lost my job application.
Just my luck! Bad / Hard luck!
Qu mala suerte! Just my luck!
keep an eye on take care of, watch, Betty keeps an eye on my sons
estar pendiente; vigilar
look after for me. Ill keep an eye on you!
I tried to keep a straight face,
keep a straight face not to laugh mantener la cara seria
but failed.
She keeps me company quite
keep company accompany hacer compaa
You promised, now keep your
keep ones word fulfill a promise mantener la palabra
mantener a alguien Keep me posted about your
keep someone posted inform
al tanto / informado plans.
I have a job interview today.
keep your fingers crossed hope that
cruzar los dedos Keep your fingers crossed
nothing will go wrong
for me, will you?
kill time fill/spend empty time matar el tiempo I went to the show to kill time.
(not) know the first thing about I dont know the first thing
no saber nada acerca de
not to have any knowledge about about nuclear physics.
know the ropes be very familiar He knows all the ropes in this
estar al tanto
with some business company.
His arrival was a last-minute
last-minute notice little or no time
noticia de timo minuto notice, we didnt have time
to prepare for something
to prepare for it.
poner las cartas sobre Finally, we asked him to lay his
lay ones cards on the table
la mesa; ser sincero cards on the table and tell us
be frank and open
y abierto about his plans.
He laid his life on the line
lay ones life on the line put oneself poner la vida en juego,
to fulfill this task, but nobody
in a dangerous situation arriesgar la vida
appreciated his efforts.
llevar una vida
lead a dogs life live in misery He leads a dogs life.
de perros
They suspect that you are
lead someone on make someone engaar, hacer a alguien
leading them on. You led
believe something that isnt true creer que es cierto
me on!
dejar las cosas como Leave it at that, what else can
leave it at that accept reluctantly
son you do?
He left word for you to meet
leave word leave a message dejar un mensaje
him at the airport at 6.
Why dont you let bygones
let bygones be bygones forget and
lo pasado, pasado est be bygones and forget about
forgive bad things in the past
what he said?
Let go of my hand or Ill call
let go of release the hold soltar, dejar ir
the guard.
Hes still in despair and cant
let (it) go forget bad experience, dejarlo ir, superar malas
let (it) go. You cant change
return to normal life experiencias
anything, so let it go.
soltarse la melena,
let ones hair down be relaxed and She is always so formal. She
echarse una cana al aire,
informal with other people never lets her hair down.
let someone down disappoint, fail quedar mal con alguien,
Dont let me down this time!
someone decepcionar a alguien
Let me know when you find
let someone know inform notificar, informar
a job.
Paul won a prize in a chess
like father, like son be like ones
de tal palo, tal astilla tournament. Great! Like father,
parent in something
like son!
Little by little, he got used
little by little step by step poco a poco
to Tokyo.
look for search for buscar What are you looking for?
Im looking forward to your
look forward to expect with
esperar con impaciencia letter. Mary is looking forward
to the party.
look out be careful, watch out tener cuidado Look out! The bus is coming!
buscar (informacin
look up check with /in a dictionary If you dont know this word,
en un diccionario,
or a reference book look it up in the dictionary.
Internet, etc.)
perder la paciencia,
lose ones temper become angry He loses his temper very often.
perder el camino, I lost my way. Can you
lose ones way get lost
perderse help me?
lose track of not to know where
perder el hilo/la pista I lost track of him years ago.
someone or something is
He got his lucky break when
lucky break a lucky chance golpe de suerte
he got this job.
He works hard. His family
make a living earn money
ganarse la vida is big, and he has to make
to provide for life
a living somehow.
Dont criticize him so hard,
make allowance for take into
tener en cuenta make (an) allowance for his
consideration when judging
poner empeo en (hacer
Make a point of asking about
make a point of be sure algo); hacer algo
his wife. Make it a point
to do something intentionally intencionalmente;
to be here by 10.
tender a/intentar
llegar a fin de mes; His doesnt get much money.
make ends meet to have and spend
sobrevivir con pocos I wonder how he manages
only what one earns
ingresos to make ends meet.
Anton makes new friends
make friends become friends hacer amigos
He made fun of her German
make fun of laugh at, joke about burlarse de
Ill make no bones about it:
make no bones about it say/do no darle ms vueltas,
I dont like your attitude
openly, without hesitation no andar por las ramas
to work.
We can make room for one
make room for allow space for liberar espacio para
more dog.
make sense be logical tener sentido What you say makes sense.
make the most of smth do the best Lets make the most of our
sacar lo mejor de
in the given situation vacation.
Im tired of fighting. Lets
make up become friends again reconciliarse
make up.
Ill make up for the time you
make up for smth compensate recompensar
spent on it.
When will you go? Make
make up ones mind decide tomar una decisin
up your mind.
make yourself at home Come in please. Make yourself
sintete como en tu casa
be comfortable, feel at home at home.
You can depend on his promise
man of his word one who keeps
el hombre de palabra to help. Hes a man of his
promises, is dependable
He meant well, but it turned out
mean well have good intentions tener buenas intenciones that he spoiled a couple
of things for me.
podras aprovechar
I might as well telephone him
might as well a good idea y hacerlo (es buena idea
hacer algo)
The little boy disappeared. The
missing person someone who is lost
persona desaparecida police registered him
and cant be located
as a missing person.
Hes reasonable and tries
meet someone halfway encontrar un trmino
to meet his coworkers halfway,
compromise with others medio
when possible.
never mind it doesnt matter olvdalo, no importa Thank you. Never mind.
We have three dogs, not
not to mention in addition to sin mencionar
to mention two cats.
He ate three big fish.
no wonder not surprising no es una sorpresa
No wonder hes sick.
I meet them now and again
now and again occasionally de vez en cuando
at the bank.

odds and ends a variety of small restos, pedacitos I needed to buy some odds and
unimportant things or leftovers ends for the kitchen.
de improviso, sin Off the cuff, I can give you
off the cuff without preparation
preparacin previa only a rough estimate.
no va al caso, fuera What I think about him is off
off the point beside the point
de la cuestin the point.
Strictly off the record, I think
off the record not for the public,
extraoficialmente the director is going to get
married soon.
You must quit smoking once
once and for all decidedly de una vez por todas
and for all.
on credit not pay cash right away a crdito He bought a car on credit.
Hes been on edge ever since
on edge nervous, irritable nervioso, irritado
she left.
Hes cautious and always
on guard on the alert en guardia, alerta
on guard.
Do you have a calculator
on hand available a la mano
on hand?
por su cuenta, She likes to live and work
on ones own alone, by oneself
independientemente on her own.
He was on his toes and
on ones toes alert, attentive,
alerta produced a very good
prepared for difficulties
impression on them.
a propsito, I didnt do it on purpose, it just
on purpose intentionally
intencionalmente happened so.
Id like to sit on the aisle.
on second thought after thinking
pensndolo bien On second thought, Id like
a window seat.
Hes cautious and always
on the alert on guard alerta, en guardia
on the alert.
llamar al despacho del Yesterday the boss called her
on the carpet called in by the boss
director, llamar on the carpet for being rude
for criticism
la atencin, criticar to the coworkers.
en marcha,
on the go busy, on the move He is always on the go.
en movimiento
On the off chance that you
on the off chance unlikely
es poco probable pero dont find him at work, heres
to happen, but still
his home address.
Id like to have a dog. On the
on the other hand considering the
por otro lado other hand, my wife likes cats
other side of the question
on the spot right there en el mismo sitio I decided to do it on the spot.
on the spur of the moment without en la euforia del He bought this car on the spur
previous thought / plan momento of the moment, now
he regrets it.
on time punctual a tiempo Jim is always on time.
If you think so, youre out
out of ones mind crazy loco, fuera de s
of your mind.
out of ones way away from desviado del camino, I cant give you a lift to the
someones usual route fuera del camino bank, its out of my way today.
Paying him is out of the
out of the question impossible fuera de la cuestin
Why does she keep all those
pack rat a person who saves lots
acumulador obsesivo things she never uses? She
of unnecessary things
is a pack rat.
pay attention be attentive prestar atencin Pay attention to his words.
empezar una He often tries to pick a fight
pick a fight start a quarrel
pelea/discusin with me.
pick up take, get elegir, recoger Ill pick you up at 7.
play ones cards right choose the If you play your cards right,
jugar bien sus cartas
right steps in doing something hell agree to your plan.
una cena en grupo You know what happened
potluck supper a surprise meal,
donde cada quien trae at our last potluck supper?
where nobody knows what dishes other
lo que quiere Everybody brought macaroni
guests will bring
and cheese, apples, and beer!
Stop crying and complaining!
pull oneself together brace oneself,
sobreponerse You have to pull yourself
summon your strength
together now.
Are you trying to pull the wool
pull the wool over someones eyes
engaar over my eyes? It wont do you
deceive, mislead someone
any good.
She always puts a damper
put a damper on discourage poner un freno a
on my plans.
defender a alguien con Id be very grateful if you
put in a word for someone say
palabras, decir algo could put in a word for
positive things about someone
bueno acerca de alguien me when you speak to him.
put off postpone posponer Dont put it off till tomorrow.
Her father put his foot down
put ones foot down object strongly oponerse fuertemente when she said she wanted
to marry Alan.
He put his foot in it when
put ones foot in it do the wrong meter la pata; decir
he told the boss his daughter
thing, make a fool of oneself /hacer algo estpido
wasnt pretty.
I cant put up with your bad
put up with accept, tolerate aguantar, tolerar
I had quite a bit of trouble with
quite a bit of much, a lot of mucho
that car.
He wrote quite a few good
quite a few many, a lot of muchos
He racked his brain to solve the
rack ones brain try hard to think esforzar el cerebro
His books are not easy
read between the lines find
leer entre lneas to understand; you have to read
or understand the implied meaning
between the lines.
Please remember me to your
remember me to say hello to enviar saludos
It very important to do it right
right away immediately de inmediato
Annabel Lee? Yeah, it rings
ring a bell remind someone se parece a algo, luce
a bell, but I cant place it right
of something familiar /half-forgotten familiar
causar problemas, Peter always rocks the boat
rock the boat make the situation
desestabilizar una when we discuss companys
situacin spending policy.
He doesnt rub shoulders with
rub shoulders with meet with codearse
the rich.
rub someone the wrong way irritar, molestar His remarks rub many
irritate, annoy, make angry a alguien coworkers the wrong way.
encontrarse a alguien I ran into an old friend
run into meet by chance
por casualidad yesterday.
He said a stupid thing and tried
save face try to change the negative
rescatar la reputacin to save face by saying
impression produced
he misunderstood me.
Theres no use talking to him
save ones breath stop useless talk ahorrarse las palabras about his spending habits,
so save your breath.
no profundizar He examines all the facts
scratch the surface study
en el tema, estudiar closely, he doesnt just scratch
something superficially
de manera superficial the surface.
I have to see about our plane
see about make arrangements for ocuparse de
compartir un mismo
We dont see eye to eye any
see eye to eye agree punto de vista con
It serves him right that
serve someone right get what recibir lo que uno he didnt get this job,
someone deserves se merece he despised all other
servir al propsito
serve ones purpose be useful I doubt that hiring this man will
de alguien, ser til para
to someone for his purpose serve your purpose.
el propsito de alguien
This young actor shows
show promise be promising mostrar esperanza
I waited for hours but he didnt
show up appear aparecer
show up.
It took me 5 minutes to size
size up evaluate someone evaluar
up that man.
sleep on it postpone a decision till posponer algo hasta
Dont decide now, sleep on it.
next morning la maana siguiente
error, equivocacin,
a slip of the tongue a mistake It was just a slip of the tongue!
It slipped my mind what she
slip (from) ones mind forget olvidar
asked me.
Im not sure what it is, but I
smell a rat suspect something sospechar algo
smell a rat.
So far, I have read 3 books
so far up to now hasta ahora
by King.
If he can pay cash, so much the
so much the better its even better an mejor
soltar la sopa, decir Who spilled the beans about
spill the beans tell a secret
un secreto our plan?
He doesnt stand a chance
stand a chance have a chance tener una oportunidad
of getting it.
He stands out in any group
stand out be noticeable destacarse
of people.
It stands to reason that
stand to reason be logical ser lgico
he apologized.
Dont try to spare my feelings,
straight from the shoulder speak
sin rodeos, abiertamente give it to me straight from the
take a dim view of something tener una opinin My sister takes a dim view
disapprove of something negativa acerca de algo of the way I raise my children.
take a break stop for rest tomar una pausa Lets take a break, Im tired.
We took advantage of the low
take advantage of use for ones
aprovecharse de prices and bought a computer
own benefit, to profit from
and a monitor.
Tom takes after his father
take after be like one of the parents parecerse a los padres in character, and after his
mother in appearance.
People need to take a stand
take a stand on something make tomar una posicin
on the issue of nuclear
a firm opinion/decision on smth. firme respecto a algo
Can you take care of my dog
take care of look after, protect, see
cuidar de while Im away? Tom takes
that smth. is done properly
good care of his car.
take hold of something take, hold tomar, sujetar Take hold of this rope and pull.
You must take into account her
take into account consider smth. tomar en cuenta
old age.
Take it easy, everything will
take it easy relax, be calm no te preocupes
be OK.
take (it) for granted accept Mothers love is always taken
dar por sentado
as given for granted by children.
That great view took my breath
take ones breath away dejarlo a uno sin aliento
tomarte tu tiempo, hacer
take ones time do slowly Dont hurry. Take your time.
algo despacio, sin prisa
creer en la palabra
Take my word for it, he wont
take ones word for it believe de alguien, creerle
go there.
a alguien
He took pains to make his
take pains try hard to do it well esmerarse
report perfect.
Mary is going to take part
take part in smth. participate in tomar parte, participar
in the show.
The accident took place on Oak
take place happen tomar lugar, suceder
take someones mind off things distraer a alguien de sus Go to a concert or a movie
distract from fixed ideas/thoughts pensamientos to take your mind off things.
take steps take action /measures tomar medidas, actuar We need to take steps against it.
quitar las palabras
take the words right out of ones I was about to say the same!
de la boca (decir algo
mouth say the same before You took the words right out
que quera decir otra
somebody else says it of my mouth.
It takes time to get used
take time take a long time tomar tiempo
to a new place.
He took time off to attend the
take time off be absent from work tomar un da libre
We went to Minsk by car.
take turns alternate doing cambiar turnos, hacer
We didnt get tired because
something one after another algo por turnos
we took turns driving
replicar, responder
talk back answer rudely Dont talk back to the teacher!
talk it over discuss discutir Ill talk it over with my family.
tell apart see the difference distinguir Can you tell the twins apart?
Thats just the point! I hate this
Thats just the point. Thats it. Este es el punto.
The plane crashed. Tim said
the writing on the wall a sign premonicin (de algo
he saw the writing on the wall
of future events (usually, trouble) malo)
about this flight.
tener un concepto bajo I dont think much of her
not think much of think low
de alguien cooking.
pensar en detalle, Think over your answer. Think
think over consider carefully
considerar it over carefully.
I repeated it till I was blue
till one is blue in the face try hard esforzarse demasiado
in the face!
To make a long story short,
to make a long story short in short en pocas palabras
we won.
to say the least to make the The film was boring and long,
para no decir ms
minimum comment about smth. to say the least.
Try on this leather coat, its
try on put on new clothes to test
probarse (la ropa) very good. She tried it on, but
them for size or look
it didnt fit her at all.
probar algo, probar I want to try my hand
try ones hand at something try
suerte con algo at painting.
Turn on the radio. Turn off the
turn on / off switch on / off encender/apagar
He turned out to be a very good
turn out to be result/end this way resultar
empezar de nuevo,
turn over a new leaf make a fresh He promises to turn over a new
hacer borrn y cuenta
start in life, work, etc. leaf and quit alcohol for good.
The new evidence turned the
turn the tide reverse the course cambiar el curso de los
tide, and the defendant was
of events eventos
acquitted of charges.
retorcer brazos, obligar
They twisted his arm to sell the
twist ones arm make to agree a alguien a hacer algo
en contra de su voluntad
Im a little under the weather
under the weather feel ill resfriado
He is an up-and-coming young
up-and-coming showing promise
prometedor lawyer who might help you
of future success
with your case.
up in arms hostile to, in strong The employees are up in arms
protestar, estar en contra
protest against something about the new retirement rules.
colgado en el aire, My vacation plans are still
up in the air undecided
indefinido up in the air.
up to par equal in standard adecuado y normal His behavior isnt up to par.
I used to play the piano when I
used to did often in the past, but not
sola (hacer algo) was in school (but I dont play
it now).
estar en las nubes, estar He got the job and is walking
walk on air be very happy
muy feliz on air now.
Dont waste your breath trying
waste ones breath speak uselessly,
esforzarse en vano to make him do it, he wont
to no purpose
change his mind.
tener cuidado, ser
watch ones step be careful Watch your step!
Watch out for that car! Watch
watch out look out, be careful tener cuidado
Remember what a wet blanket
wet blanket a kill-joy, who spoils
aguafiestas he was last time? Please dont
everybodys fun
invite him again.
Whats the matter? What
Whats the matter? What is it? Qu pasa?
cul es la situacin real He knows which way the wind
which way the wind blows what
(en qu direccin sopla blows and always acts
the real situation is
el viento) accordingly.
A white lie is told to spare your
white lie unimportant lie mentira piadosa
Tell me word for word what
word for word in the same words literalmente
he said.
would rather prefer preferir Id rather stay at home today.