1. Juan de Padilla New Member

    Madrid
    Spanish (Spain)
    Hi everybody, watching tv (American tv) I heard the expression "to put sb's foot down". I looked it up and the Cambridge Dictionary offers this definition:

    to use your authority to stop something happening
    When she started borrowing my clothes without asking, I had to put my foot down.


    I'm trying to think of a translation and only thing I've come up with is "tomar cartas en el asunto", but im not sure at all coz it's the first time I heard to put your foot down. What do you think?? I dont think this translation is very good... but im not able to find anything better... Thanks a lot.

    PS: by the way, the context was the following: an employee starts dating a guy, but her boss doesnt find it a good idea because he says this guy is kind of a crook (this guy is his brother), so the boss suggests that she should stop seeing him, but she refuses to do so, and then he says something like "well, in that case im afraid i have to put my foot down".

    PS2: maybe "hacer valer mi autoridad"? But it sounds too formal...



     
  2. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
  3. tvimasterminimoni

    tvimasterminimoni Junior Member

    in my own world
    Mexican Spanish
    is an agresive way to say
    "Stop!"
    in spanish could be
    "Calmala!" "perate ahí!!" "para tus caballos!" "vele bajando!"
     
  4. Sunshine on Leith Senior Member

    Edinburgh
    Spain's Spanish
    I'm thinking... 'ponerse firme'

    '.... bueno, en ese caso, creo que me voy a tener que poner firme'
     
  5. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
    British English (and possibly AmE as well)

    "Calmala!" = "Calm down!"

    "para tus caballos!" = "Hold your horses!"
     
  6. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
    British English (and possibly AmE as well)

    "Calmala!" = "Calm down!"

    "para tus caballos!" = "Hold your horses!"

    However these are not synonyms of "put your foot down". :cross:


    Sí, me gusta :thumbsup:
     
  7. Moritzchen Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Spanish, USA

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