1. TonyMS Member

    Huntingdon UK
    English UK
    In English, one way of saying "went on foot" is "used Shank's pony". Is there a Spanish equivalent?

    Tony MS
  2. Filomeno's brother

    Filomeno's brother Senior Member

    Colón, Entre Ríos, Argentina
    Argentina / Spanish
    I didn't know any figurative expressions to say 'ir a pie' o 'ir caminando' (except for 'ir a pata') but I've found these ones in Collins Es-En and Cambridge Klett Compact dictionaries:

    shank n

    IDIOMS to go on or by Shanks's pony hum ir en el coche de San Francisco, ir a golpe de calcetín

    shank ... 3. to go on ~'s pony ir en el coche de San Fernando, ir a pata Méx

    'Ir a pata' is a vulgar expression, which is used not only in Mexico (as the definition says) but also in other Latin American countries.

  3. TonyMS Member

    Huntingdon UK
    English UK
    Many thanks

  4. fiodor2 Member

    Spanish - Spain
    In Spain, you can say "ir en el coche de San Fernando (, un ratito a pie y otro caminando)" though it's kind of a joke for there's obviously no car. I don't know whether the meaning of the English expression is intented to be funny by contrast.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011

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