Expresiones y frases - Verbo 'To be'

Idioms - Verb 'To be'

to be going begging que nadie reclama
to be knee-high to a grasshopper ser un renacuajo
to be of service to someone ser de utilidad a alguien
to be on someone's tail pisarle los talones a alguien
to be on the carpet tener que aguantarse una bronca
  • Do you want this scarf? It's been going begging for months here.
  • You can't get on the rollercoaster! You're knee-high to a grasshopper!
  • If I can be of service to you, sir, please, let me know.
  • I got so scared, I was driving and I felt there was someone on my tail.
  • It was so unfair! I was on the carpet because someone else made a mistake!
to be one brick short of a full load faltarle algunos caramelos en el frasco
to be quick on the uptake agarrar las cosas al vuelo
to be slow on the uptake ser algo torpe, lento
to be someone's undoing ser la ruina de alguien
to be to the fore ir delante
  • Ed's not a bad man, he's just one brick short of a full load.
  • You don't have to explain things twice to Sam, He's quick on the uptake.
  • Pat's a bit slow on the uptake, isn't she? I asked her what she wanted and she said 'Fine'.
  • Oh! Designer clothes will be my undoing! I can't live without them!
  • Doctor Peters has always been to the fore in the international scientific community.