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Spanish Sayings - Letter B

Popular Spanish Sayings

Saying: Bailar con la más fea
English: to end up with the short end of the stick
Comments and History: Expression alluding to misfortune of having to put up with a bad situation, as happened when girls were paired with the ugly guys at dances.  

Saying: Bajar la guardia
English: to lower one's guard
Comments and History:To lose focus when it's not so important to be so careful. The expression comes from sports.

Saying: Borrón y cuenta nueva
English: clean slate
Comments and History:Sentence to describe forgetting about debts, mistakes, etc... and continue as if nothing had happened.

Saying: Brillar por su ausencia
English: To be conspicious by his absence
Comments and History:In Roman times there was a custom of showing portraits of ancestors of deceased people at their funerals. 

The historian Tacitus, in his third installment of "Anales" at the funeral of Junis -widow of Casio and sister of Bruto (murderer of Julio Cesar)- told how everyone noticed the absence of Bruto and Casio's portraits. The lack of images was so evident that you could say it was as if the spaces where their portraits should have been were "shining".

Saying: Bueno es hablar, pero mejor es callar
English: speech is silver, but silence is golden
Comments and History:Advice for those that speak too much, without thinking about what they're saying.

Saying: Buscar una aguja en un pajar
English: to look for a needle in a haystack
Comments and History:Represents something difficult.

Alphabetical index of Popular Sayings

A - 9 Sayings

A buen puerto vas por leña
A caballo regalado no se le miran los dientes

C - 9 Sayings

Cada loco con su tema
Caiga quien caiga

D - 11 Sayings

Dar en el clavo
Dar gato por liebre

E - 13 Sayings

El hilo de la vida
El mismo que viste y calza

F - 2 Sayings

Favor con favor se paga
Fumar la pipa de la paz

G - 4 Sayings

Gajes del oficio
Gastar saliva

H - 7 Sayings

Hacer la vista gorda
Hacerse agua la boca

I - 5 Sayings

Ir de mal en peor
Ir de punta en blanco

L - 9 Sayings

La espada de Damocles
La excepción hace (o confirma) la regla

M - 5 Sayings

Más cale maña que fuerza
Mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos

N - 6 Sayings

No faltaba más
No hay dos sin tres

O - 3 Sayings

Obras son amores y no buenas razones
Ojo por ojo, diente por diente

P - 6 Sayings

Pagar los platos rotos
Parar el carro

Q - 5 Sayings

Quemarse las cejas (o las pestañas)
Querer es poder

R - 2 Sayings

Rasgarse las vestiduras
Roma no se hizo en un día

S - 6 Sayings

Sólo se vive una vez
Salir el tiro por la culata

T - 6 Sayings

Tal para cual
Tener ojos en la nuca

U - 1 Sayings

Una de cal y una de arena

V - 5 Sayings

Vamos al grano
Venir como anillo al dedo