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Go from rags to riches

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by alpha-male, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. alpha-male Senior Member

    Peru Spanish
    Hi friends.
    I understand that the expression "go from rags to riches" means that a persons who initially was poor is now rich. My question is if this is something happening all of a sudden or after the person worked a lot and after some time

    Could you clarify this expression please?
     
  2. Dario de Kansas

    Dario de Kansas Senior Member

    Kansas, USA
    American English
    To me, there is an implication that it happened quickly, but I think it could be used in either context.
     
  3. SDLX Master

    SDLX Master Senior Member

    Lima, Peru
    Spanish - Peru
    It happened just by some mad quirk of fate. Maybe an inheritance or a lottery jackpot.
     
  4. coquis14

    coquis14 Senior Member

    Entre Macrilandia/Chamamélandia
    Español ,Argentina
    Creo que el equivalente sería: "Pasar de mendigo a millonario".

    Saludos
     
  5. Pablo Ingles Senior Member

    London, England
    England, English
    Hola,

    not necessarily. Rags to riches just means somebody from a poor or modest background became wealthy. It makes no assumptions on how the money was made or over what time period. Could be overnight like the lottery or building up a sucessful business over 30 years.

    regrds P
     
  6. Pablo Ingles Senior Member

    London, England
    England, English
    OOOps lo siento, quiero decir successful. PI
     
  7. alpha-male Senior Member

    Peru Spanish
    Thanks Pablo. Your explanation has been the most helpful :)

    By the way, was that the name of a movie from the 80s starred by Eddie Murphy?
     
  8. Dario de Kansas

    Dario de Kansas Senior Member

    Kansas, USA
    American English
    I agree with Pablo.

    I believe the movie was "Trading Places."

    Saludos.
     

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