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Spanish Sayings - Letter I

Popular Spanish Sayings

Saying: Ir de mal en peor
English: from bad to worse
Comments and History: To be going through a bad moment in which circumstances appear to only be getting worse, instead of better. It could be compared to the phrase "salir de Guatemala y caer en Guatepeor" - to leave Guaetmala and end up in 'Guatepeor'.

Saying: Ir de punta en blanco
English: In full armor
Comments and History: This expression, which is usually used to refer to people that are really dressed up, has its origins in the former uses of cavalry. The saying was applied to knights who would usually take all their weapons for combat, which were made of shining steel, and sparkled in the sun. That is to say, the knights were dressed to the nines.

This legend also gave rise to the expression arma blanca.

With the passing of time, the idiom "ir de punta en blanco" has come to be used to describe people dressed immaculately.

Saying: Ir por lana y volver trasquilado
English: to go for wool and come home shorn
Comments and History: To be surprised by something unexpected. It comes from the act of cutting -"cutting the hair or wool of animals"- according to tradition the original phrase comes from when a sheep would go to have its wool cut, and would return shaven, surprising the other sheep.

Saying: Irse a las manos
English: to come to blows
Comments and History: Clear and straightforward, fighting, resorting to physical aggression without even trying to talk it out. 

Saying: Irse con la música a otra parte
English: to up and go
Comments and History: To just leave to another place, comes from when a street musician must leave because he's a annoying everyone and has to go to another place.

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

H - 7 Sayings

Hacer la vista gorda
Hacerse agua la boca

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