armar la gorda

armar la gorda
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to start a big argument)
a. to make a scene
Cuando el director de la escuela le dijo a la madre que su hijo estaba expulsado, ella armó la gorda.When the school principal told the mother that her son had been expelled, she made a scene.
b. to cause a scene
Un cliente armó la gorda porque nos equivocamos y le cargamos un café de más en la cuenta.A customer caused a scene because we made a mistake and charged him an extra cup of coffee.
c. to kick up a row
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Cuando la camarera le dijo que no le iba a servir más alcohol porque estaba ya muy borracho, él armó la gorda.When the waitress told him she wouldn't serve him more alcohol because he was already very drunk, he kicked up a row.
d. to kick up a stink
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
El niño armó la gorda porque su madre no le quiso comprar un juguete.The child kicked up a stink because his mother wouldn't buy him a toy.
armarse la gorda
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to there be a big argument)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
En el bar, un tipo insultó a otro y se armó la gorda. Estuvieron a punto de llegar a las manos.At the bar, a guy insulted another and there was an almighty row. They almost came to blows.
Cuando les dije a mis padres que no quería ir a la universidad, se armó la gorda.When I told my parents that I didn't want to go to university, all hell broke loose.
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