sacar el ascua con mano ajena

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "to take out the embers with a foreign hand".

Verb[edit]

sacar el ascua con mano ajena (first-person singular present saco el ascua con mano ajena, first-person singular preterite saqué el ascua con mano ajena, past participle sacado el ascua con mano ajena)

  1. (idiomatic) to get someone else to do one's dirty work
    Synonym: sacar el ascua con la mano del gato