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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
¿Qué es un idiom?
Un "idiom" o "idiomatic expression" es una frase idiomática utilizada en lenguaje coloquial informal.

En general, el significado de la frase en sí es diferente al significado normal de cada palabra por separado. Por ejemplo, "to let the cat out of the bag" significa "revelar un secreto". Si traducimos palabra por palabra, sería "dejar salir al gato de la bolsa", lo cual es incorrecto.

La dificultad para los estudiantes de inglés radica en que no pueden traducirse literalmente y deben aprenderse de memoria, aunque en algunos casos existen equivalentes muy similares en el idioma español.

Lee las explicaciones y luego realiza el ejercicio.

Idioms with CAT

  • a cat has nine lives = un gato tiene siete vidas (Nótese que en inglés el gato tiene dos vidas más!)
  • curiosity killed the cat (satisfaction brought it back) = it may be dangerous to be too curious
  • to fight like cat and dog = to fight a lot
  • has a cat got your tongue? = ¿te comieron la lengua los ratones? Story
  • to let the cat out of the bag = to reveal a secret carelessly
  • like a cat on hot bricks = very nervous
  • no room to swing a cat = not enough space
  • to have a cat nap = to have a short sleep
  • to play cat and mouse with somebody = to keep somebody in uncertain expectation, treating him alternately cruelly and kindly
  • when the cat's away, the mice will play = cuando el gato no está, los ratones se divierten
  • all cats are grey in the dark = por la noche todos los gatos son pardos
  • to put/set the cat among the pigeons = to introduce somebody/something that is likely to cause trouble Story
  • it's raining cats and dogs = it's raining a lot = está lloviendo a cántaros
  • a cat in gloves catches no mice = gato con guantes no caza ratones
  • hunt with cats and you catch only rats = you should choose you allies wisely
  • like the cat that got the cream = very pleased or happy about something that you have achieved

We thank Gabo (from Wilde, Argentina) for his suggestion.

Choose the right answer.

1. The thief went away with all the money but he was   because the police was after him.

2. Shh! This is a surprise, don't  .

3. I can't invite all of my friend to dinner, in my flat there is .

4. Charles decided to go to work by car today because  .

5. One day you like him, one day you don't. I think you are with him.

6. You always want to know everything about other people. Be careful,  .

7. When the boss isn't at his office, everyone stops working. It's true, .

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