metedura de pata
metedura de pata
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(general)
a. blunder
Me confundí a mi esposa con su hermana. ¡Vaya metedura de pata!I confused my wife with her sister. What a blunder!
b. clanger
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
No fue mi intención escribir mal su nombre. Fue una metedura de pata.I didn't mean to misspell your name. It was a clanger.
c. mistake
Fue una metedura de pata haber preguntado sobre un tema tan delicado como la salud de su madre.It was a mistake to ask about a subject as delicate as her mother's health.
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metedura de pata
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
metedura de patablunder clanger
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metedura
metedura de pata blunder; clanger (familiar)
acto de meter
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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