gato encerrado

gato encerrado
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(suspicious thing)
a. something fishy
¿Por qué nuestro rival principal accedería a todas nuestras exigencias? Me huele a que hay gato encerrado.Why would our main rival agree to all of our demands? I smell something fishy.
b. something funny
Estos números son demasiado buenos para ser ciertos. Aquí hay gato encerrado.These numbers are too good to be true. There's something funny going on here.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Esto huele a gato encerrado. Creo que Patricio nos está tendiendo una trampa.I smell a rat. I think Patricio is setting a trap for us.
Aquí hay gato encerrado, jefe. No acepte el trato.Something smells fishy here, boss. Don't take the deal.
2. (caged animal)
a. cat locked up
¿Puedes creer que alguien dejó a un gato encerrado en una jaula en el jardín de la entrada de mi casa? - Increíble.Can you believe someone left a cat locked up in a cage on my front yard? - Unbelievable.
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