Portuguese Expressions

Ejemplo de expresiones en portugués: Estou com uma pedra enorme no meu sapato.

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In one of our posts, we talked about some idiomatic expressions, very common in the Brazilian Portuguese.
Today, let’s see some popular expressions in Portuguese.

Portuguese Expressions

Abrir os olhos – To pay attention to something or to be careful.

  • José não é confiável. Preciso abrir os olhos com ele.
  • José is not reliable. I need to be careful with him.

Bater na mesma tecla – Keep on talking about the same stuff.

  • Nossa! Ele não para de bater na mesma tecla. Que absurdo
  • Wow! He keeps talking about the same thing all the time. It’s an absurd!

Baixar a bola – Calm down.

  • Acho melhor você baixar a bola, ou você poderá ter problemas aqui.
  • You had better calm down, or you may have problems here.

Dar o braço a torcer – When you change your mind or admit you are wrong.

  • Ela é uma pessoa muito difícil: nunca dá o braço a torcer.
  • He is a very difficult person: He never changes his mind.

Dormir no ponto – When you don’t have an attitude.

  • Marcos, você sempre dorme no ponto. Nunca faz nada quando deve fazer.
  • Marcos, you never take an attitude. You never do what you have to do.

Estar com uma pedra no sapato – When you have a problem or something is bothering you.

  • Estou com uma grande pedra no meu sapato. Não sei o que fazer.
  • I have a huge problem. I don’t know what to do.

Fazer de olhos fechados – A very easy task to do or that someone can do easily.

  • Acho incrível como Felipe faz esses trabalhos de olhos fechados. São muito difíceis para mim.
  • It’s amazing how Felipe does his tasks so easily. They are very difficult for me.

Onde Judas perdeu as botas – A very distant place.

  • Manoel mora lá onde Judas perdeu as botas. Muito longe!
  • Manoel lives really far from here. Way far from here!

Segurar a vela – When you are in the middle of a couple.

  • Lilian nunca sai de perto de Marina quando ela está com o namorado dela. Parece até que gosta de segurar vela.
  • Lilian never leaves marina when she is with her boyfriend. She loves to be between them.

Braço direito – Best friend or someone that you really trust.

  • José me ajuda em tudo. Ele é o meu braço direito.
  • José helps me with everything. He is my best friend.

Falar pelos cotovelos – Someone who talks too much.

  • Ela fala pelos cotovelos! Não para!
  • She talks a lot! She never stops!

Não ter pé nem cabeça – Something that doesn’t make sense.

  • Essa escultura não tem pé nem cabeça. Não entendi nada.
  • This sculpture doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand anything.

Estar com dor de cotovelo – When someone is sad because of the end of a relationship or someone who is jealous.

  • Ela perdeu o namorado. Está com muita dor de cotovelo porque viu o ex namorado com outra pessoa.
  • She broke up with her boyfriend. She is jealous because she saw her ex-boyfriend with another person.

Estar de cara amarrada – When someone has a serious face.

  • Não sei o que aconteceu. Mario está com essa cara amarrada desde ontem. Acho que ele brigou com a namorada.
  • I don’t know what happened. Mario has had this serious face since yesterday. I think he had an argument with his girlfriend.

Pôr os pingos nos iii – Make things clear.

  • Precisamos colocar os pingos nos iii. Esta situação não está muito clara.
  • We need to make everything clear. This situation is not very clear.

Ir por água abaixo – When someone has a negative result.

  • Todos os nossos planos de viajar no fim de semana foram por água abaixo por causa da chuva.
  • All of our plans to travel on the weekend went to naught because of the rain.

Bater papo – Talk to someone, chatting.

  • Gosto muito de bater papo com meus pais. Eles sempre me dão bons conselhos.
  • I like to chat with my parents. They always give me good pieces of advice.

Um “abacaxi” – A big problem.

  • Não sei o que fazer com esse abacaxi. Não sei como resolver. Acho que preciso de ajuda.
  • I don’t know what to do with this problem. I don’t know how to resolve it. I think I need some help.

Andar na linha – to do things correctly in order to avoid problems.

  • Depois que ela descobriu tudo é melhor eu andar na linha.
  • After she found out everything I better walk the line.

Cara de pau – a shameless person.

  • Mas esse Carlos é um cara de pau. Usou meu telefone sem me avisar.
  • Carlos has no shame at all. He used my phone without telling me.

Encher linguiça – to put unnecessary information into something to make it longer.

  • Essa palestra é muito chata. O palestrante fica enchendo linguiça.
  • This lecture is so boring. The speaker keeps padding out.

Nariz empinado – snob person, that gives the impression of superiority towards others.

  • A Marina tem o nariz empinado. Já viu como ela está sempre se exibindo?
  • Marina is stuck-up. Have you seen how she is always showing off?

Molhar o biscoito – to have sex.

  • Se tudo der certo, hoje a noite eu vou molhar o biscoito.
  • If everything goes right, tonight I’m having sex.

Tomar um chá de cadeira – to wait for a long time.

  • Hoje fui ao banco e tomei um chá de cadeira.
  • I went to the bank today and waited for a long time.

Barata tonta – a disoriented person that walks aimlessly.

  • Claudia deve estar perdida. Parece uma barata tonta.
  • Claudia must be lost. She looks like a headless chicken.

That’s it, guys!

We saw here more expressions of the Portuguese language. Have you heard any of these? Which one?

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