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Mexican Slang Meaning

English: You can tell something of quality by the way it looks.

Spanish: Por Las Hojas Se Conoce Al Tamal Que Es De Manteca.

Type: Proverb

Literal Meaning: You can tell a tamale made with lard by its leaves.

Meaning: You can tell something of quality by the way it looks.

A mi abuela le caen mal Alberto y algunos otros tipos que conozco de la uni. No le gusta como se portan ni como se visten. Ella dice que por las hojas se conoce al tamal que es de manteca. (My granny doesn’t care for Alberto and some of the other guys from the university I know. She doesn’t like the way they act or dress. “You can tell something of quality by the way it looks,” she says.)

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