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Idioms illustrated


They say an image is worth a thousand words. But I think an image backed by an explanation is even more powerful, specially when applied to idioms.

When I have a bad hair day and I need to let off steam, or when I am at a lose end, I fancy working on it rather than watching videos on the sofa like a couch potato.

At the end of this post you will find links to over 300 illustrated idioms, business idioms and puns.

Without further ado, please enjoy the following idioms 🙂

1. Let off steam

Let off steam (EN) Desahogarse (SP)

What is an idiom?

An idiom  is a phrase or an expression with a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, occurring frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. From the Latin word idiom, “special property”, and, in turn, from Ancient Greek: ἰδίωμα, “special feature, special phrasing, a peculiarity”, f. Ancient Greek: ἴδιος, translit. ídios, “one’s own”.

2. A skeleton in the closet

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3. (to) Dig one’s heels in


(to) dig one’s heels in (EN) Mantenerse en sus trece (SP)

4. (to) go blank


5. Couch potato

6. A bad hair day

un día de perros en inglés

7. Up and running

8. Out and about

9. (to) be at a loose end

quedarse en blanco

10. (to) Blow one’s mind


(to) blow sb’s mind (EN)  Impresionar / Dejar flipado a alguien (SP)

11. (to) talk turkey


(to) talk turkey (EN) Hablando en plata (SP)

12. (to) find one’s feet

to find one's feet

(to) find one’s feet (EN) Situarse. Ponerse al día / corriente (SP)

13. Ignorance is biss


Ignorance is bliss (EN) Bendita ignorancia (SP)

14. Cat got your tongue

Shortened form of Has the cat got your tongue? It means trying to compel or urge someone to speak up when they are being unnecessarily quiet

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Most important English Sayings translated to Spanish III

English Sayings translated to Spanish III

Welcome to the third part of “Most Important English Sayings translated to —or into!, both are correct— Spanish”.

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English and Spanish cultures share a number of wise sayings called “proverbs” (or proverbios, in Spanish) that offer advice about how to live your life. Some of them translate almost literally while others change the words but not the meaning.

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Here you have the third list of some of the most popular proverbs in English and their Spanish equivalent, when it exists (otherwise I provide an explanation). You are welcome to contribute with new translations in the comment box below. I hope you enjoy this!

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A friend in need is a friend indeed. Explanation>  Los verdaderos amigos se conocen en la necesidad.

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A constant guest is never welcome. SE (Spanish Equivalent)> A donde te quieren mucho, no vayas a menudo.

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All mouth and no trousers. All talk and no action. Spanish Equivalent (SE)> Mucho ruido y pocas nueces.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Explanation> A diario una manzana es cosa sana.

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Any port in a storm. SE> A Buen hambre, no hay pan duro.

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Better late / later than never. SE> Más vale tarde que nunca or Nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena.

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Dead men have no friends. SE> El muerto al hoyo y le vivo al bollo.

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Evildoers always think the worst of others. SE> Piensa el ladrón que todos son de condicion.

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Give a dog a bad name (and hang it). SE> Cría fama y échate a dormir or Por un perro que maté, mataperros me llamaron.

His bark is worse than his bite. SE> Perro ladrador, poco mordedor.

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. SE> Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando.

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Half the truth is often a whole lie. SE> La verdad a medias es mentira verdadera.

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The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot. SE> En casa de herrero, cuchillo de palo.

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There’s no smoke without fire. SE> Donde hay humo, hay fuego.

What can’t be cured must be endured. SE> Hacer de tripas corazon.

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What the boss says goes. SE> Donde hay patrón, no manda marinero.

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What you see is what you get. SE> Es lo que hay.

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A penny saved is a penny earned. SE> Dinero ahorrado, dos veces ganado.

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No bees, no honey; no work, no money. ES> No hay miel sin hiel.


Most important English sayings translated to Spanish I

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish II

Popular English idioms about money I

cosas para traductores ideas para regalar



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A leopard never changes its spots. SE> Genio y figura hasta la sepultura.

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A stitch in time saves nine. SE> Más vale prevenir que curar.

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All cats are grey in the dark. SE> Por la noche todos los gatos son pardos.

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All roads lead to Rome. SE>Todos los caminos conducen a Roma.

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Every cloud has a silver lining. SE> No hay mal que por bien no venga.

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Every law has its loophole. SE> Hecha la ley, hecha la trampa.

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Finders, keepers; losers, weepers. SE> El que se fue a Sevilla, perdió su silla.

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God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. SE> Dios aprieta pero no ahoga.

Variety is the spice of life.  SE> En la variedad está el gusto.


Most important English sayings translated to Spanish I

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish II

Popular English idioms about money I

Popular Englisg idioms about money II

Popular English idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

Idioms about Money translated to Spanish I

Modismos sobre el dinero traducidos al español I

An idiom is a sentence or a fixed expression with a figurative or literal meaning. Idioms fall into the category of formulaic language. Many languages have thousands of idioms, and English, with around 25,000 idiomatic expressions,  is not an exception.

Here you have the first  list of some of the most popular idioms in English about money . You are welcome to contribute with new idioms in the comment box below. I hope you enjoy this!

* A dime’s worth (An insignificant amount) · Why is she here? Nothing will change. At best, she’ll make a dime’s worth of difference.  Spanish: sin valor, no vale un centavo, poca cosa vale. 

*A fool and his money are soon parted (This means that stupid people spend money without thinking about it enough. Depending on the context, this can also mean that It is easy to get money from foolish people, especially rich ones.) Spanish: a los tontos no les dura el dinero.

* All that glitters is not gold (Appearance is sometimes misleading. Things that appear valuable or worthwile might not be as good as they look). Spanish: No todo lo que reluce es oro.

* (to) Bet your bottom dollar (when somebody is absolutely sure about something) · He talks about Egypt a lot, but I would bet my bottom dollar that he has never actually been there. Spanish: apostar hasta el último centavo.

* Blank cheque (When someone is given an unlimitted freedom of action. A grant of complete authority to spend an unlimited amount of money, or to take other actions without restraint.) · Generally, courts have held that the First Amendment does not give people of faith a blank check to ignore the law. Spanish: Cheque en blanco.

*(to) Cost an arm and a leg (also cost a comb, the Earth… meaning extremely expensive) · Who said a thin cell phone had to cost an arm and a leg? Spanish: Costar un ojo de la cara. Costar un riñón.

* For a song (extremely cheap) · I could buy this house for a song, because it’s just by the highway. Spanish: por cuatro duros, por cuatro perras, por cuatro chavos, por casi nada…

*Ill-gotten gains (gained dishonestly) · Ill-gotten gains never prosper. Spanish: ganancias ilícitas, ganado ilícitamente

*Licence to print money (a company or activity that generates a lot of money easily) · Slot machines  are just a licence to print money. Spanish: ser una máquina de hacer dinero.

* Money talks (It suggest that people can get whatever they want with money) ·  Moguls always get their way because money talks. Spanish: poderoso caballero es don dinero.

* Rags to riches (refered to someone that rises from poverty to wealth) · They used to be quite poor and after their invention they certainly moved from rags to riches. Spanish: de mendigo a millonario.

* (to) be worth its weight in gold (something or someone that is very valuable). Good idea, Mike! You’re a genius. You’re worth your weight in gold. Spanish: valer su precio en oro.

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Popular English idioms about money II

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish II

Most important English sayings translated to Spanish III