estar en Babia

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Etymology[edit]

Literally, "be in Babia". Babia is a town in the north of the province of León, Spain. Historically, the monarchs of León would holiday in the town. When asked of the whereabouts of the absent monarch, a reply would be "he is in Babia". Over the centuries, the phrase came to mean being absent-minded.

Verb[edit]

estar en Babia

  1. (idiomatic, Spain) to have one's head in the clouds; be absent-minded