dar atole con el dedo

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This idiom may be literally translated as "to give atole with the finger."
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to attempt to trick)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to try to pull one over on (idiom)
Oye, ese cuate te está dando atole con el dedo. Ponte abusado.Hey, that guy's trying to pull one over on you. Look sharp.
b. to take for a fool (idiom)
¿Cómo ves esta oferta de una casa gratis en Cancún? - Creo que te están dando atole con el dedo.What do you think of this offer for a free house in Cancun? - I think they're taking you for a fool.
c. to treat like an idiot
No me des atole con el dedo, que no nací ayer.Don't treat me like an idiot. I wasn't born yesterday.
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