zumbar la badana

USAGE NOTE
This idiom may be literally translated as "to thrash the leather."
zumbar la badana
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.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to hit repeatedly)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to beat up
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
La policía detuvo a nuestro vecino por zumbarle la badana a su perro.The police arrested our neighbor for beating up his dog.
b. to give a licking
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi padre me zumbó la badana por una tontería que dije. Ahora mi madre no le habla.My dad gave me a licking for something stupid I said. Now my mom won't speak to him.
c. to beat the shit out of
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
A Jaimito le zumbaron la badana unos abusones del cole.Some school bullies beat the shit out of Jaimito.
d. to give a beating
El padre de Emilio le zumbó la badana por hacer novillos.Emilio's dad gave him a beating for skipping school.
e. to tan ... leather (idiom)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
Si madre se entera de esto, te va a zumbar la badana.If Mother finds out about this, she's going to tan your leather.
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