Lista de expresiones - Letra A
List of idioms - Letter A
|a babe in arms
||un nene de pecho
|a bare-faced lie
||una mentira descarada
|a basket case/goner
||un caso perdido
|a bed of roses
||un lecho de rosas
|a big shot/wheel/wig
||un pez gordo
|a bit at sea
||un poco perdido
- My grandmother was a babe in arms when she married. She was 14!
- You told Joe we were married? How can you tell such a bare-faced lie?
- My mom is crazy. She wants to go dancing with me! She's a real basket case!
- My life's never been a bed of roses. I've always had lots of problems.
- The police are about to get one of the maffia big shots.
- I'm a bit at sea with Trigonometry so Kim is going to help me study.
|a blank look
||una mirada inexpresiva
|a blessing in disguise
||no hay mal que por bien no venga
|a budding genius
||un genio en ciernes
|a chip off the old block
||de tal palo, tal astilla
|a close call
||un escape por los pelos
|a cog in the machine/wheel
||una pieza más de la organización
- When I told my parents I was pregnant, they just gave me a blank look.
- Since I was fired I started spending more time with my son. It was a blessing in disguise.
- At the age of 3, Mark showed he was a budding genius: he could read and write!
- He leaves all the lights on like his father when he leaves a room. A chip off the old block!
- I almost got run over by a car today, thank God it was just close call.
- What makes you think you can't be fired? You're just a cog in the machine!
|a crash course
||un curso intensivo
|a dead giveaway
||una señal clara
|a dime a dozen
|a false move
||un paso en falso
|a far cry
|a fat cat
||un pez gordo
- I'm moving to Berlin in a month so I'm taking a crash course in German.
- John said he was alone but the two extra plates on the table were a dead give-away.
- These reality TV shows are a dime a dozen nowadays.
- I think telling our secret to Jack would be a false move. He'd tell everyone about it.
- Our holidays in Greece this Summer were a far cry from the ones we had in Sweden.
- The fat cats of the company are thinking about selling it to the Japanese.
|a feather in one's cap
|a fly in the ointment
||el único problema
|a fly on the wall
||Ser mosca para escuchar una conversación
|a fool's errand
||algo completamente inútil
|a foregone conclusion
||un resultado obvio
|a glutton for punishment
- Winning an Olympic gold medal has been a feather in your cap.
- My sister followed me everywhere I went when we were kids. She was a fly in the ointment.
- George's going to ask Sarah to marry him tonight! If only I were a fly on the wall...
- Many people think that demonstrating against the war is a fool's errand.
- It's obvious that Manchester United will win the cup. It's a foregone conclusion.
- You take too many extra-curricular activities at school. You're a glutton for punishment.
||una persona emprendedora
|a good Samaritan
||un buen samaritano
|a hard nut to crack
||un hueso duro de roer
|a head start
|a je ne sais quoi
||un no sé qué
- Ann's a real go-getter. She's got lots of projects and works hard to carry them out.
- Pam's a good Samaritan. She'll help you whenever you're in need.
- When I married Paul, his son didn't like me. He was a hard nut to crack.
- The Conservatives have a head start in the election thanks to their anti-abortion campaign.
- Owen isn't exactly handsome, but he has a je ne sais quoi that makes him very attractive.
- Adam's getting married! Will it be the end of his days as a lady-killer?
|a long shot
||una posibilidad remota
|a losing/lucky streak
||una racha de mala/buena suerte
|a matter of life and death
||un asunto de vida o muerte
|a pack of lies
||una sarta de mentiras
|a pain in the ass/neck
- I know it's a long shot, but maybe if you talk to Josh he'll understand.
- We've won six games in a row. We're on a lucky streak!
- I must hand in the report by 4 o'clock! It's a matter of life and death!
- Bob told you that? Don't believe him. It's nothing but a pack of lies!
- I can't stand Louis. He's a real pain in the neck.
- I always drink coffee as a pick-me-up during exam season.
|a piece of cake
|a pig in a poke
||gato por liebre
|a play on words
||un juego de palabras
|a poker face
||cara de póker
|a red-letter day
||un día memorable
|a safe/sure bet
||algo casi seguro
- The exercise was a piece of cake. I finished it in two minutes.
- I'm not keen on buying things on the web. They might sell you a pig in a poke.
- 'Lolita', by Vladimir Nabokov, is full of plays on words. It's fantastic!
- Dave always wears a poker face. You can never tell what he's thinking or feeling.
- Oh, my God! My son's tidied up his room! It's a red-letter day!
- Ben won't remember to bring the cake. It's a safe bet.
|a shot in the arm
|a sight for sore eyes
||dichosos los ojos que te ven
|a sitting duck
||un blanco fácil
|a slice of the cake
|a slip of the tongue
|a smart alec
- These new computers were a shot in the arm for the students. Now they are really learning.
- Danny! You're a sight for sore eyes! I don't know anyone in here!
- If we don't defend the goal, it'll be a sitting duck for the other team.
- The thieves had stolen two million dollars and each of them wanted a slice of the cake.
- The candidate said that justice was not part of the agenda. Quite a slip of the tongue...
- Doug is such a smart-alec. He thinks he knows everything!
|a snake in the grass
|a wet blanket
|a wild-goose chase
||un intento totalmente inútil
|a wolf in sheep's clothing
||un lobo disfrazado de cordero
||prueba de fuego
|alive and kicking
||vivito y coleando
- Eva told the teacher I cheated on the test. She's a snake in the grass!
- My neighbour is such a wet blanket. They always call the police when we have a party.
- He didn't need a new brush. He sent me on a wild-goose chase so I would leave him alone.
- At first he was sweet and kind but in the end he turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
- John's new job as a manager will be a real acid test for him.
- Ted wants to buy a castle and live there. I think it's quite airy-fairy.
- Everyone thought Tiffany was dead, but she was alive and kicking!
|all in all
|all things being equal
||si todo va de acuerdo a mis planes
|an old flame
||un viejo amor
|an old wives' tale
||un cuento de viejas
|an ugly duckling
||un patito feo
|any Tom, Dick or Harry
||cualquier hijo de vecino
- I've had my problems this year, but all in all, it wasn't so bad.
- Everything's ready for the trip. All things being equal, we'll be there by noon.
- Pete is always dropping things. He's all thumbs.
- Lucy is not just a friend to Jim. She's an old flame. They were together once.
- Is it true that if you go swimming after eating you die or is it an old wives' tale?
- Sue was the ugly duckling of the class, but now she's one of the prettiest girls in school.
- Lisa's very picky when it comes to men. She won't date any Tom, Dick or Harry.