haber gato encerrado

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "(for there) to be [an] enclosed cat".

Verb[edit]

haber gato encerrado

  1. (idiomatic, impersonal) To have something fishy going on
    En aquella situación hubo gato encerrado.
    There was something fishy going on there.
  2. (idiomatic, impersonal) To have a catch; a concealed condition or difficulty
    Lo que dice del acuerdo me parece demasiado perfecto. Creo que hay gato encerrado.
    What he says does seem too good to be true. I think there's a catch.
    Dijo que yo podría tomar todos los libros, pero descubrí que había gato encerrado. Se rompió el brazo y yo necesitaría llevarlos todos sin ayuda.
    He said I could have all the books, but I discovered that there was a catch. His arm was broken and I had to carry them all myself.

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