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Old 24th October 2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what this expression means? I saw it in a headline "Messi no tiene corchetes" The literal meaning doesn't mean much.
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Someone's asked the same question in WordReference. Seems the rough translation would be "No-one can catch him..."
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al otro lado .... the translation could be "he has no limits" (as posted on Twitter/ReVerbSpanish - I think it's Beckett who posts here, but it may be Beckett just links to that Twitter feed)

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Someone's asked the same question in WordReference. Seems the rough translation would be "No-one can catch him..."
'Los corchetes' was a kind of police during the XV XVI or XVII centuries, more or less.
So to be 'entre corchetes' (between corchetes, one corchete at each side of you) means to be under arrest or to be escorted I guess.

And I guess also that most people, when seeing this headline 'Messi no tiene corchetes', will think 'what the hell means that'.

Hey but is 'El Pais' you know, a very intellectual and clever newspaper.
As intellectual and clever as Zapatero is, at least.
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Old 25th October 2010, 02:48 AM   #5
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If corchetes were these policemen that escorted you, that could mean that they were alongside/level with you. So, following on, could no tiene corchetes mean that Messi had no-one level/alongside with him ie that he has no equals? Just an idea - it's late and I'm knackered
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If corchetes were these policemen that escorted you, that could mean that they were alongside/level with you. So, following on, could no tiene corchetes mean that Messi had no-one level/alongside with him ie that he has no equals? Just an idea - it's late and I'm knackered
Could be possibly.

I've never heard the expression before and I don't think it's a 'popular' expression.
And most people don't know where corchetes come from and they only think the corchetes are these ortografic symbols "[ ]", called corchetes in spanish.
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