No queda alcoba donde no metan sus narices

EricaWithTheC

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Italian
Hi everyone!
I'm analyzing some dubbing sequences from La Casa de Papel and I wanted to know if "no queda una sola alcoba donde no metan sus narices", said by the inspector Raquel to her superior from the Intelligence, can be considered a common saying, like a sort of set phrase or it's just this case. Do you also use it in common conversations? Thank you.
 
  • boroman

    Senior Member
    Español - España
    Todo lo que sea de alcoba es todo lo que tenga que ver con la parte íntima, de sexo, dentro del contexto policial.
     

    Cerros de Úbeda

    Senior Member
    UK
    Spanish - Spain (Galicia)
    "no queda una sola alcoba donde no metan sus narices"
    'Alcoba' is a literary word for 'bedroom'.


    The underlined sentence is not a common saying.

    What is, is the reference to 'bed / bedroom' as a metaphor for 'sex / private matters'. As a pejorative reference to an 'invasion of privacy'.


    But there is here indeed a set phrase, and that is 'meter las narices (= noses) en...', a derogatory reference to meddling in so's life or business.

    - Meter las narices / los hocicos en...
    - To meddle in (so's life / business)
    (To mess with...)


    This is a shorter version of one that is a common saying, which is 'meterse / meter las narices donde no te llaman', with the meaning already explained above. It is the same idea, a similar phrase (although expressed as a reproach (as an statement, in affirmative), rather than as an imperative) as 'mind your own business'.

    - Meterse / meter las narices donde no te llaman
    - To mess in other people's business
    (Not to mind your own business)
     
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    EricaWithTheC

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    Italian
    Thank you all for your answers!
    The set phrase "meter las narices en" is common in Italy too, we say "ficcare il naso" o "ficcanasare".
    So, for the "alcoba", it can't be considered a set phrase in the whole sentece, but just a metaphor for private matters/privacy/sex.
     
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