Hilarious non-sensical Portuguese expressions

Here we share some of our favourite and hilarious non-sensical Portuguese expressions. Share these quirky idioms with friends! 

1. ´Queimar as pestanas.´

Translated as ´burn the eyelashes´ meaning to read a lot.



2. ´Barata tonta.´ 
Translated as `silly cockroach´ meaning to be clumsy, silly.



3. ´Acordar com os pés de fora´ 
Translated as `wake up with the feet outside´ meaning to wake up in a bad mood, to be grumpy.



4. ´Muitos anos a virar frangos.´

Translated as `many years turning chickens´ meaning someone who has a lot of experience.



5. ´Macaquinhos na cabeça.´
Translated as `to have little monkeys in the head´ meaning to be distrustful.



6. ´Engolir sapos´
Translated as `swallow frogs´ meaning to do something you don’t want to do.



7. `Água pela barba´
Translated as `water in the beard´ meaning something that requires a lot of work.



8. Pão pão queijo queijo
Translated as `bread, bread, cheese, cheese´ meaning `it is what it is.´



9. `Estou-me nas tintas´
Translated as `I´m in the inks´ meaning I don’t give a damn.



10. `Macacos me mordam!
Translated as ´monkeys are biting me!´ meaning to be intrigued or surprised.

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