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Spanish Sayings - Letter H

Popular Spanish Sayings

Saying: Hacer la vista gorda
English: to turn a blind eye to something
Comments and History: Means to want nothing to do with something, even thought they know it exists.

Saying: Hacerse la boca agua
English: To make one's mouth water
Comments and History: Literally it means to make one's mouth water..

Saying: Hay (no hay) moros en la costa
English: The coast is not clear
Comments and History:For several centuries the Spanish Levante (the Mediterranean coast between Valencia and Murcia) was the target of invasions by Berber mercenaries who sailed from northeast Africa.

The towns on this coast found themselves in constant danger, and in order to prevent the attacks they built numerous watch towers on the coast, at first sight of the enemy they would shout "There are moors on the coast", alerting people of imminent danger.

The system lasted for a long time, until peace was negotiated with the Berber kings, but the warning cry came to be a familiar expression to warn someone of something or someone dangerous.

In the opposite sence, the expresson No hay moros en la costa is used to say "the coast is clear".

Saying: Hay gato encerrado
English: I smell a rat
Comments and History: Used to express that someone believes someone else is hiding the truth. Its origin is in the Middle Ages, when they used to make purses made of cat skin that were hidden among clothing (hence "encerrado" - closed).

Saying: Haz el bien sin mirar a quién
English: cast your bread upon the water
Comments and History: Good deeds must be done unselfishly.

Saying: Hilar fino
English: to split hair
Comments and History: Analyze with extreme care, without losing its meaning.

Saying: Hombre prevenido vale por dos
English: forewarned is forearmed
Comments and History: He who works with precaution is safer than he who doesn't.

Alphabetical index of Popular Sayings

A - 9 Sayings

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

B - 6 Sayings

Bailar con la más fea
Bajar la guardia

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

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