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Old May 15, 2009, 01:44 PM
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Sometimes, when you speak fast, you don't say a part of the sentence. For instance, in the sentence:

Me vino como anillo al dedo

when you're talking with someone, you could say:

Iba paseando por la calle y pensando a ver qué le compraba al niño, cuando de repente me encontré con una juguetería y, oye, como anillo al dedo.

huh?????
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@Lou Ann: Irmamar believes the expression might be somehow incomplete. If the missing part were said, it would be easier to know where it comes from.

Still "no dar ni cinco de pelota" doesn't seem to have an obvious origin. If there were some Argentine members they might say a bit more... I know that expression is very used there.
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Oh! Great - I know some Argentinians. Thanks, Malila! (And Irmamar.... )
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when you're talking with someone, you could say:

Iba paseando por la calle y pensando a ver qué le compraba al niño, cuando de repente me encontré con una juguetería y, oye, como anillo al dedo.

huh?????

Consider this:

I was walking the streets and thinking what I was going to buy for the kid, then suddenly I found a toy store, listen, like sent by heavens.

Does that make sense to you in English?

Oh, ni cinco de pelota means to not give even the time of day.

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Aah... no dar ni la hora... Gracias, Hernán.
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