Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Toro


Today's WOTD is: "toro" = bull

In Spanish, the noun "toro" is a masculine noun of Latin origin which means bull. The noun “toro” may be used to refer to a very strong man.

The noun “toro” is also used to refer to a geometrical shape, the torus.

The plural form, “los toros” is commonly used to refer to bullfighting.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "toro" are:
  • A toro pasado (in hindsight);
  • Agarrar el toro por las astas (to take the bull by the horns);
  • Agarrar el toro por los cuernos (to take the bull by the horns);
  • Ciertos son los toros (it turns out that it is true/ that is a certainty);
  • Coger el toro por los cuernos (to take the bull by the horns);
  • Corrida de toros (bullfight);
  • Fuerte como un toro (strong as an ox);
  • Otro toro (lets leave this topic of conversation);
  • Toro bravo (fighting bull);
  • Toro de lidia (fighting bull);
  • Mirar alguien los toros desde la barrera (to watch from the sidelines/ to keep a safe distance);
  • Pillar a alguien el toro (to run out of time/ to run out of options);
  • Plaza de toros (bullring);
  • Ver alguien los toros desde la barrera (to watch from the sidelines/ to keep a safe distance);

Some examples of the use of the word "toro" are:
  • Es fácil opinar a toro pasado (it is easy to have an opinion in hindsight);
  • Tenemos que agarrar el toro por las astas (we have to take the bull by the horns);
  • Tenemos que agarrar el toro por los cuernos (we have to take the bull by the horns);
  • Tenemos que coger el toro por los cuernos (we have to take the bull by the horns);
  • Nunca he ido a una corrida de toros (I have never been to a bullfight);
  • Pedro es fuerte como un toro (Pedro is as strong as an ox);
  • La cría del toro bravo se lleva a cabo de manera tradicional (the breeding of fighting bulls follows traditional steps);
  • La cría del toro de lidia se lleva a cabo de manera tradicional (the breeding of fighting bulls follows traditional steps);
  • Lo fácil es mirar los toros desde la barrera (watching from the sidelines is the easy option);
  • Lo fácil es ver los toros desde la barrera (watching from the sidelines is the easy option);
  • Me va a pillar el toro (I am running dangerously out of time);
  • En mi pueblo no hay plaza de toros (in my town there is no bullring);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "toro" in the YouTube clip: Un toro bravo se escapa y provoca un accidente enTorrellas

For more on the word "toro", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Toro

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “toro” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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