Acabar como el rosario de la Aurora

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by tessiebear201283, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. tessiebear201283 Senior Member

    England, English
    How does this idiom translate into English?

    Acabar como el rosario de la Aurora

    Many thanks
     
  2. Fernando Senior Member

    Madrid
    Spain, Spanish
    It is a set phrase, meaning something (a business, a relation) ended terribly bad.
     
  3. Mei

    Mei Senior Member

    Where streets have no name...
    Catalonia Catalan & Spanish
    Hola,

    I found this:

    ACABAR COMO EL ROSARIO DE LA AURORA Su significado, como casi siempre, es conocido por todos:
    Acabar una cosa mal, en pelea o riñas entre varios participantes. Su origen, siempre más difícil, es como sigue:
    Proveniente del Lenguaje de la Religión como tantas otras Comparaciones. En concreto, alude a la procesiónde la Cofradía del Rosario, que recorre las calles cantándolo al asomar la aurora. Y efectivamente había conflictos, si tenemos en cuenta que a la hora de salir el rosario solían andar las rondas de jóvenes pendencieros por las calles, y que hasta no hace mucho eran frecuentes en España las confrontaciones por motivos políticos o religiosos.Hope it helps!

    Mei
     
  4. To come to an abrupt end, or to end badly.
    Dont know the origin, so i have no clue whatsoeva as to why we say that. cya
     
  5. tessiebear201283 Senior Member

    England, English
    thank you very much!
     
  6. Duometri

    Duometri Senior Member

    Madrid, Spain
    Spain, Spanish
    Sorry for arriving five years late. The origin of that expression is in a Spanish film of the year 1935: "Nobleza Baturra" (Aragonese noblesse). In one scene of the film, they are praying the "rosario de la aurora" (the dawn rosary), and someone criticizes the reputation of a woman. Some people defend her, other ones attack her, and at the end, they end up fighting and beating themselves with the crosses and the candles. The film was a great success in Spain and that expression became popular to refer to something that ends badly.
     

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