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Old June 11, 2024, 03:50 PM
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Estuche de monerías

I am confused about the term. Dictionaries state it means jack of all trades but also a money case. In your experience, what does it mean?
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It means to be a person who has many capabilities and does many things well.

- Juan es un estuche de monerías: sabe cocinar, habla francés y canta muy bonito.
- En tantos años que llevo de conocerte, no sabía que eras todo un estuche de monerías: eres una mamá fantástica, sabes matemáticas, practicas Parkour y ahora me entero de que además tocas la guitarra.

It can also be used sarcastically:
- Mi exnovio resultó ser un "estuche de monerías": estafaba a su mamá y a su hermano y se robó mi coche cuando se fue.
- El diputado al que asesinaron era todo un "estuche de monerías": lavaba dinero, traficaba influencias y le encontraron una segunda familia en otra ciudad.

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Thanks again. Now I know that it is quite similar to a jack of all trades.
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I guess so. I had to go and look for some examples. I didn't know the expression.
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Estuche de monerías is a term not known in Colombia. In that country todero is the term used. In Chile they use chasquilla which also means flequillos in Chile
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Oh, I didn't know that. I'll take note.
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