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Old November 19, 2010, 04:00 AM
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To pull a person's ears?

Hi all!
How can I say in spanish: "to pull a person's ears" [ when someone makes something wrong or due to bad behavior]?
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Old November 19, 2010, 04:58 AM
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we have a direct translation
"tirar de las orejas"
-Juan, pórtate bien o te tiraré de las orejas
-John, be good or I will pull your ears
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Old November 19, 2010, 06:13 AM
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we have a direct translation
"tirar de las orejas"
-Juan, pórtate bien o te tiraré de las orejas
-John, be good or I will pull your ears
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En Chile también decimos "Te voy a dar un tirón de orejas"
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Es un calco. Me encanta cuando se traduce literalmente.
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Es un calco. Me encanta cuando se traduce literalmente.

¿Estás seguro? ¿Y quién habrá copiado a quién?

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In Mexico we don't use the verb "tirar", but "jalar" as "to pull": "jalarle las orejas a alguien"/"darle a alguien un jalón de orejas".
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In Mexico we don't use the verb "tirar", but "jalar" as "to pull": "jalarle las orejas a alguien"/"darle a alguien un jalón de orejas".
Right. In Chile nobody jala/hala anything to anybody, although it is understood.
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tirar de las orejas

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¿Estás seguro? ¿Y quién habrá copiado a quién?

Actually I've never heard this expression in English before - is it in use in the US? It is, however, in common use here in Spain, so I think I would agree with Chileno and deduce that the origin is probably Spanish ;-)
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íHola!
Gracias, Chileno.El Tomisímo es una excelente "escuela".
saludo
jan

Angelica,
Tengo mucha confianza en tus respuestas.Gracias y un abrazo.
Jan

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íHola!
Gracias, Chileno.El Tomisímo es una excelente "escuela".
saludo
jan

Angelica,
Tengo mucha confianza en tus respuestas.Gracias y un abrazo.
Jan
De nada, pero Sosia fue el primero en darte una respuesta acertada.
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