matar el gusanillo

USAGE NOTE
This idiom may be literally translated as "to kill the small worm."
matar el gusanillo
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. (idiom) (to keep hunger momentarily away)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to stave off hunger
María se comió un par de galletas para matar el gusanillo.Maria ate a couple of cookies to stave off hunger.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Necesito comer algo para matar el gusanillo.I need to eat something to keep me going.
Con esta bolsa de papas matarás el gusanillo hasta la hora del almuerzo.This bag of chips will take the edge off your hunger until lunch.
2. (idiom) (to satisfy a need)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to get one's fix
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
No se espera que la banda salga de gira en los próximos dos años, así que mataremos el gusanillo con su nuevo álbum en vivo.The band isn't expected to tour in the next two years, so we can get our fix by listening to their new live album.
b. to scratch the itch
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cuando echo de menos andar por la montaña, me voy a caminar por el parque para matar el gusanillo.When I miss hiking in the mountains, I go for a walk in the park to scratch the itch
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