Hilarious non-sensical Portuguese expressions

Here we share some of our favourites hilarious non-sensical Portuguese expressions. Share these quirky idioms with friends! We hope you are `macacos me mordam!´

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.

Portuguese expressions

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Beaches in Portugal are some of the best in Europe. Explore stunning Arrabida, the serenity of Comporta or go see the big waves of Nazare. Sightseeing in Portugal could not be better. Enjoy cultural guided tours to the Sintra moorish castle, grand monuments of Lisbon and the megaliths of Evora, in beautiful  Alentejo. We offer bespoke tours all over the country including Aveiro, Monsaraz and Coimbra in Portugal. Just tell us where you want to go and we will  create your perfect custom tour.


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