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Cuban-Style Sayings
  • Más rollo que película-------Referring to someone who talks too much and does too little.

  • Bájate el blumer-------A wine invented by the people; a litre costs 2 pesos (Cuban currency) at the corner store.

  • Estas detrás del palo y pidiendo el último------- You are absent-minded.

  • Se acabó como la fiesta del Guatao-------It ended up badly.

  • Chévere ------- Super!

  • Fuego a la lata-------Carry on, hang the consequences!

  • Se formó el arroz con mangos-------Confusion reigned.

  • A mí me matan; pero yo gozo-------I’m going to have a good time, no matter what.

  • A falta de pan, casabe-------If I can’t have what I want, I’ll take what I can get.

  • Siempre que llueve escampa-------Don’t lose hope.

  • Se la dejaron en la mano-------They surprised him and didn’t give him a chance to react.

  • Se llevó la cerca-------He did something fantastic.

  • Vivir de la picada-------Living beyond your means.

  • Poner la yagua antes que caiga la gotera-------Better safe than sorry.

  • Dejar pasar carretas y carretones-------Grin and bear it.

  • Al cantío de un gallo-------Close at hand.

  • Chupar el rabo a la jutía-------Get drunk.

  • Le zumba la merengena-------Something extraordinary.

  • Le zumba el merequetengue o merequetén-------(idem)

  • Lo pusieron en tres y dos-------He was put into a bind.

  • Sacarse la rifa del guanajo-------Something distasteful, unpleasant.

  • Que te compre quien no te conozca-------I don’t trust you.

  • Quedarse para vestir santos-------Stay an old maid (or bachelor).

  • Gira que esta fija-------Leave someone alone.
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