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Spanish expressions with parts of the body

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Learning some idiomatic expressions will make you sound better in Spanish and understand daily spoken language better too. Here are some Spanish idiomatic expressions with parts of the body.

expression meaning examples
ser cara rota/ tener cara de piedra to not care about what other think, to be shameless Juan dijo que era doctor para entrar a la conferencia. Es muy cara rota.
Juan said he was a doctor to enter the conference. He is very shameless
tener cara de pocos amigos to be frowning or serious, as if you were upset Hoy Lucas tiene cara de pocos amigos.
Today Lucas seems upset.
tomarle el pelo a alguien pull somebody’s leg Él no se dió cuenta que el niño le estaba tomando el pelo.
He didn’t realise the kid was pulling his leg.
dar la cara to show up, especially after you have done something wrong Después de tres semanas, Carlos dió la cara y enfrentó a su jefe.
After three weeks, Carlos showed up and faced his boss.
no pegar un ojo to be unable to sleep Estoy cansada. Anoche no pegué un ojo.
I’m tired. I couldn’t sleep last night.
costar un ojo de la cara to be very expensive, to cost an arm and a leg Este auto me costó un ojo de la cara.
This car cost me an arm and a leg.
estar para chuparse los dedos to be delicious Tienes que probar este helado. Está para chuparse los dedos.
You have to try this ice cream. It’s delicious.
no tener pelos en la lengua to speak bluntly, without caring what others might think Sara no tiene pelos en la lengua. Siempre te dirá lo que piensa.
Sara is very honest. She will always tell you what she thinks.
trabajar codo con codo to work side by side Han trabajado codo a codo mucho tiempo. Son un gran equipo.
They have worked side by side for ages. They are a great team.
creerse el ombligo del mundo to believe you are all important, more important that others Luisa se cree el ombligo del mundo.
Luisa thinks she is the centre of the world.

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¡Me caes gordo(a)! I can't stand you! (MX)

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es muy codo: to be very tight with the money. Es un creído: to believe he is better than anyone else. Es un carita: he is handsome. Tiene dedos de seda: he can easily steal something.

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