la de la vergüenza

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "the one of shame".

Noun[edit]

la de la vergüenza f (plural las de la vergüenza)

  1. (idiomatic) The last piece of food left on a plate, mannersbit, manners piece

Usage notes[edit]

A reference to the fact that it's considered polite to not empty a plate, assuring the hosts that they provided sufficient fare.