salirse por peteneras
Usage note
This idiom may be literally translated as "to start singing flamenco" and may also be written "arrancarse por peteneras."
salirse por peteneras
pronominal verb phrase
1. (idiom) (to say something unconnected) (Spain) 
a. to go off at a tangent (idiom) 
Cuando le pregunté al jefe que cuándo nos iba a subir el sueldo, se salió por peteneras.When I asked the boss when he'd give us a raise, he went off at a tangent.
No te salgas por peteneras y responde a mi pregunta.Don't change the subject and answer my question.
No quería dar su opinión y se salió por peteneras.She didn't want to give her opinion and said something completely irrelevant.
salir por peteneras
intransitive verb phrase
2. (idiom) (to say something unconnected) (Spain) 
a. to go off at a tangent (idiom) 
En lugar de responder a la pregunta que le habían hecho, el orador salió por peteneras.Instead of answering the question he'd been asked, the speaker went off at a tangent.
Cuando no quiere hablar de algo, en lugar de decirlo abiertamente, sale por peteneras.When she doesn't want to talk about something, instead of being open about it, she changes the subject.
No sabía qué decir y salió por peteneras.He didn't know what to say and said something completely irrelevant.
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