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Acabar cuadrando

To fall into place
Everything fell into place and the situation became the way I wanted

2

Estar escrito

To be on the cards
His terrible fate was on the cards

3

Conocer a la media naranja

To meet Mr Right
I met Mr Right and now I'm married

4

En unos años

In a few years' time
I'll be married in a few years' time

5

Dios te oiga

From your lips to God's ears

6

Ser muy difícil de controlar o coordinar

To be like collecting frogs in a bucket
To be like spinning plates

7

Casi nos hizo llorar

It almost had us crying

8

Hacerle a alguien el tercer grado

To give SO the third degree

9

Mirar mal, echar una mirada reprobadora

To give SO the evil eye
As I interrupted the class, the teacher gave me the evil eye

10

Podemos ayudarnos mutuamente

If you scratch my back, I will scratch yours

11

Cambiar de manos

To change hands
That restaurant is nowhere near as good since it changed hands

12

Cambiarle el puesto a

To change places with
I wouldn't change places with him for the world

13

Por nada del mundo

For the world
I wouldn't miss it for the world

14

Cambiar de tema

To change the subject
Let's change the subject or we'll end up arguing again

15

Perder la noción de

To lose track of
I've lost track of what we're supposed to be doing
I've lost track of time

16

Mantener a alguien informado

To keep SO posted
To keep SO in the loop
I'll keep you posted if there are any further developments

17

Dejar las cosas claras

To set the record straight
He assumed that they were married, but she soon set the record straight

18

Las malas noticias vuelan

Bad news travels fast
He'll be fine, because bad news travels fast

19

Un mal trabajador siempre culpa a sus herramientas

A bad workman always blames his tools

20

Estar en la lista negra de alguien

To be in SO's bad books

21

Sacar ventajas de lo peor

To make the best of a bad job

22

Temiendo lo peor, ...

Fearing the worst, ...
Fearing the worst, I decided to apply for another job

23

Entrar en vigencia, entrar en vigor

To come into force
The law came into force

24

A lo grande

In a big way
They always do things in a big way

25

Me invitaron a un viaje

They invited me on a trip

26

Cambiar tu comportamiento, cambiar tus maneras

To change your ways
If he wants to live here, he's going to have to change his ways

27

Desmelenarse, volar

To run wild
She let her imagination run wild when she painted her room

28

Soportar el peso, soportar una carga

To shoulder the burden
It's part of my job to shoulder the burden of complaints made by guests

29

Seguir la línea, seguir a pies juntillas

To toe the line
I always toe the line with company policy, even if I disagreed with it

30

Digerir la idea

To stomach the idea
She couldn't really stomach the idea of moving to a big city, so she turned the job down

31

La ausencia de noticias es buena

No news is good news

32

Cuando las ranas crien pelo

When pigs fly

33

Simplemente porque sí

Just for the sake of it

34

Acabar siendo

To go on to become
Later in life he went on to become a leading figure in the movement

35

Enseñar a alguien lo que tiene que hacer en un trabajo

To show SO the ropes
A really nice person in the office showed me the ropes

36

De vez en cuando

Every once in a while

37

Vivir la vida a tope

To live life to the full(est)

38

Ser primera plana

To hit the headlines
The issue of war hit the headlines again

39

Aparte de

ST aside, ...
Moral and philosophical issues aside, ...

40

Cancelar un plan

To drop a plan
Plans for the celebration had been quietly dropped

41

Enamorar irremisiblemente a alguien

To sweep SO off his/her feet
That heartthrob had truly swept her off her feet

42

Sin casi ni

Without so much as
He spoked without so much as a glimmer of courtesy

43

Al ritmo de

In time to
I played in time to the cymbals

44

Tener tendencia a

To be given to
He was given to anxiety and low spirits

45

Estar compitiendo por

To be in contention for
There were five actors in contention for the role

46

Estar inmerso en

To be wrapped up in
She was so wrapped up in her work that she didn't notice when I came in

47

En lo más mínimo, para nada, en absoluto

In the least
This bad experience didn't put Anthony off in the least

48

Ir sobre seguro

To play it safe
I decided to play it safe and leave plenty of time for practice

49

Las 24 horas del día

Round the clock
The computer system is monitored round the clock

50

Comportarse fuera de lugar

To step out of line
She tells the children off if they step out of line

51

No hay moros en la costa

The coast is clear

52

Con motivo de, por causa de

On the grounds of/that
The judge closed the club on the grounds that there was too much noise being made

53

En vano, sin esperanza

In vain, pointlessly, for nothing
Hopelessly
She tried in vain to open the door

54

No tener remordimientos por

To have no regrets for/about
I have no regrets about spending too much money

55

No tener dudas sobre hacer algo

To have no hesitation in doing ST
I would have no hesitation in booking a cruise

56

Meter la nariz en algo

To (poke your) nose into ST
I don't want them nosing into my finances

57

Por muy cierto que esto sea, ...

However much this may be true, ...

58

En grandes cantidades y creciendo rápidamente

Thick and fast
The enemy soldiers came thick and fast

59

A falta de un mejor ...

For want of a better ...
For want of a better word, for want of a better term, for want of a better name

60

Recibir algo en préstamo

To be given the loan of ST
As part of the deal, we were given the loan of a house by the company

61

En conmemoración a

In remembrance of
The statue was erected in remembrance of those who had died in the war

62

Dar en el clavo

To hit the nail on the head
The editorial today really hits the nail on the head

63

Según se dice, supuestamente

Allegedly
This is the Oscar for authors allegedly behaving badly

64

Sin que fuera my culpa, ...

Through no fault of my own, ...

65

Con preferencia a, antes que

In preference to
He opted for computing in preference to marketing

66

Me doy cuenta de que ...

I take it that ...
I take it that you haven't lost interest in travelling

67

Alegremente, sin preocupaciones

With a light heart
Light-hearted
I will never leap aboard planes with a light heart

68

Hacerse con, imponer las manos

To lay hands on
I'll bring you the CD as soon as I can lay my hands on it
The preacher laid hands on him

69

Sordo como una tapia

As deaf as a post

70

Una golondrina no hace la primera

One swallow doesn't make a summer

71

Te está bien empleado!

It serves you right!

72

Ignorar a alguien completamente, como si no existiera

To cut SO dead
She cut me dead in the bank this morning

73

Pegarse golpes contra una pared

To flog a dead horse
I've been showing him how to use the computer, but it's like flogging a dead horse

74

Sobre mi cadáver!

Over my dead body!

75

No me pillarás (haciendo algo)

I wouldn't be seen dead (doing ST)
She wouldn't be seen dead with him

76

Atacar a alguien deliberadamente, intentar ligar con alguien

To make a dead set at SO
He met a girl and made a set dead at her

77

Puedo moverme/desplazame fácilmente

I can get around easily

78

Es un lugar al que es fácil de llegar

Is a place that is easily reached

79

Me cuesta X ir y volver

It takes me 10 minutes to get there and back

80

Refrán cielo rojo y pastores

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight
Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

81

Tus palabras no me dañarán

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me

82

Apañárselas con un presupuesto muy ajustado

To get by on a shoestring budget

83

Volver a la naturaleza

To get back to nature

84

Dejar obsoleto

To render obsolete
Were climatic changes to happen, weather lore would be rendered obsolete

85

Estar abierto a (mayor) discusión

To be open to (further) discussion
The manager stated that his decision wasn't open to further discussion

86

En el horizonte

On the horizon
Change is on the horizon

87

Resultar muy atractivo

To hold great appeal
The subject matter of soap operas holds great appeal for viewers

88

Tener buena imagen para algo, dar la talla

To look the part
He really thinks he looks the part in that new suit of his

89

Tomar una decisión difícil después de pensarlo mucho tiempo

To take the plunge
They're finally taking the plunge and getting married

90

Eliminar mal ambiente entre personas

To clear the air
The two colleagues are having a meeting to try to clear the air after their big disagreement

91

Hacer lo que se te ocurre sin pensar en las consecuencias para los demás

To do your own thing
You can't just do your own thing in life. You have to think of others sometimes

92

Esconderse de los problemas, hacer como que no existen

To bury your head in the sand

93

Aprender cómo hacer algo no obvio o difícil

To get the hang of ST
It's a tricky machine to operate but you'll soon get the hang of it

94

Parar el trabajo que estás haciendo

To call it a day
I'm getting a bit tired now - shall we call it a day?

95

Mover los hilos

Pull strings
Her father pulled strings to get her a job

96

Ocuparte de tus asuntos

To mind your own business

97

Nada más que

Nothing but
Nothing but troubleI have nothing but admiration for him

98

Hacerse público y notorio

To become public knowledge
Armstrong's doping scandal became public knowledge all around the world

99

Denunciar algo a la policía

To report ST to the police
Most incidents are not reported to the police

100

Déjame que piense un poco

Let me gather my thoughts

101

Ser adecuado para, poder ser considerado para

To lend itsef to
That Leica camera lent itself to spontaneity and anonymity

102

Hasta tal punto quería ... que ...

To such an extent did he wish ... that ...

103

A razón de

At the rate of
He continued to take photographs at the rate of four per hour

104

Poner en peligro

To put at risk
To put in jeopardy
To jeopardise

105

Fracasar, estropearse, no materializarse

To fall flat
We had plans to visit friends, but they fell flat when father had to go into hospital

106

En apenas X (COL)

In X flat
When I told the children we were going to the park, they were ready in ten seconds flat

107

Tumbar a alguien de un golpe

To knock SO flat
Joe stood up and knocked him flat
The dreadful news knocked us flat

108

Hablar a alguien muy claramente

To tell SO flat (that)
She told him flat that she had no intention of lending him any money

109

Enfatizador de sorpresa, cabreo, impresión

Good grief/heavens/gracious!

110

Recuperar tu inversión

To recover your costs
To recover inflated production costs, a mass audience must be found

111

Estar en el corazón de

To lie at the core of
Class lies at the core of virtually every analysis of Britain

112

Es probable que hagas algo

To be liable to do ST
She is liable to have a fit when she finds out

113

Cabrearse mucho gritando

To have/throw a fit
She'll throw a fit when she sees the mess you've made

114

Llegar al nivel de hacer algo

To reach the stage where SO do ST
I reached the stage where I had no more patience left

115

Conjura la idea de ...

It conjurs up the idea of ...
The sound conjures up the idea of asian societies

116

Está muy entrelazado con ...

ST is heavily entwined with ST
Food is heavily entwined with culture

117

¿Quieres empezar?

Do you want to kick off?
Do you want to start the ball rolling?

118

Descartamos la última?

Shall we rule out the last one?

119

Me atrevería a decir ...

I would even say ...
I would even go so far as to say ...

120

Hablando de ...

ST-wise
Anger-wise, this one is clear

121

Es lo que (no) me va

It is (not) my cup of tea

122

La parte mas importante de algo

The lion's share of ST
Charities spend the lion's share of donations on aid

123

La guinda del pastel

The icing on the cake
I was content, but that really was the icing on the cake

124

Tener un montón de responsabilidades al mismo tiempo

To have a lot on your plate

125

Poner todos los huevos en el mismo cesto

To put all your eggs in one basket

126

Tener algo más importante que hacer

To have bigger fish to fry

127

Endulzar la píldora

To sweeten the pill

128

Contar información secreta

To spill the beans
Who spilled the beans about her affair with David?

129

Venderse como churros

To sell like hot cakes
The new game is apparently selling like hot cakes

130

Tener cara de tonto por algo que has hecho

To have/get egg on your face
This latest scandal has left the government with egg on its face

131

Tragarte tus palabras

To eat humble pie
After boasting, he's been to eat humble pie

132

El mejor invento desde la coca-cola

The best thing since sliced bread

133

Saber cómo moverte con las personas para sacar provecho

To know which side your bread is buttered

134

La vida es así

That's the way the cookie crumbles

135

Hablar con alguien de manera informal

To chew the fat
We sat in a bar most of the evening just chewing the fat

136

Tener celos o envidia del éxito de otros

To have sour grapes

137

Contarle a alguien todo sobre ti, especialmente tus problemas

To spill your guts
People take part in these shows and spill their guts on camera

138

Ser para bien

To be (all) to the good
Learning something new would be all to the good

139

Hacerle un favor a alguien

To do SO a good turn
He did me a really good turn and I'll never forget it

140

Para siempre, de manera permanente

For good
She's gone to Canada for good

141

Haber tenido una vida plena

To have had a good innings
If he isn't reelected, he can't complain. After twelve years he has had a good innings

142

Mientras la situación siga siendo favorable

While the going is good
I'm taking a few days' holiday while the going is good

143

Para abreviar

For short
The baby's name is Gwendolyn, but they call her Gwen for short

144

Está ambientado en

It is set in
The story is set in Manhattan

145

Te mantiene pegado al asiento

It keeps you on the edge of your seat

146

Estar muy acertado, ser redondo

To hit the spot

147

Estar rodando por los suelos de risa

To be rolling in the aisles
The film had people rolling in the aisles