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Old July 27, 2016, 12:19 PM
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Mantener a raya

I think it means to keep at bay. Is this a expression used in Latin American Spanish?
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Old July 27, 2016, 01:29 PM
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- A los niños hay que mantenerlos a raya, o se te suben a las barbas.

* "Subírsele a alguien a las barbas" -> to get cheeky with someone.
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"Matener a raya" is used everywhere.
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