cor de burro quando foge

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Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: colour of a donkey when it flees.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈkoɾ d͡ʒi ˈbu.ʁu ˈkwɐ̃.du ˈfɔ.ʒi/
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈkoɾ ðɨ ˈβu.ʁu ˈkwɐ̃.du ˈfɔ.ʒɨ/

Noun[edit]

cor de burro quando foge f (uncountable)

  1. (humorous) an indistinct or nameless colour
    • 1999, Fernando Jorge, A Academia do Fardão e da Confusão: a Academia Brasileira de Letras e os seus “imortais” mortais, Geração Editorial, page 144:
      Além disso, pelo fato de ser bem vaidoso, ele pintava os cabelos com uma tinta meio suspeita, a qual lhes deu uma cor estranha. Cor de burro quando foge.
      Besides, due to the fact that he was very vain, he dyed his hair with a somewhat suspicious dye, which gave it a strange colour. A nameless colour.

Adjective[edit]

cor de burro quando foge m, f (plural cor de burro quando foge; comparable)

  1. (humorous) having an indistinct or nameless colour