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    Default Translation - Aqui hay gato entre macuto!!

    Could you explain the meaning and the origin of this expression please?

    "Aqui hay gato entre macuto!!"

    Thanks!
    Last edited by margaret; 01-01-2010 at 11:32 PM. Reason: Thanks bachata (JJ) for providing this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margaret View Post
    Could you explain the meaning and the origin of this expression please?

    "Aqui hay gato entre macuto!!"

    Thanks!
    It's the same as aqui hay gato encerrado ! Which means everything is unclear and something is fishy here

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    Literally, it means there is a cat in the bag.
    The real meaning is that something is not right.

    This comes from another saying:"Cuidado que no te den gato por liebre!" Or, 'be careful they don't give you a cat instead of a hare' Which means, of course, to trick a person.

    So, if someone says that there is a 'gato entre el macuto" be cautious, because something is not right.

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    Default Also margaret...

    Quote Originally Posted by ElvisNYC View Post
    It's the same as aqui hay gato encerrado ! Which means everything is unclear and something is fishy here

    I agree with ElvisNYC completely and would also like to add that in my opinion 'aqui hay gato entre macuto' is the colloquial version of the more common expression which he referenced- 'aqui hay gato encerrado' which is heard or used by most Spanish speakers.


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