Cambiar la marcha – Literally means to change gears when driving a car but it also means to change the subject in a conversation.
Chingoleta – naked
Cholladao/a – a seamless person
Coligallero/a or torero/a – person who prospects or searches for gold
Dejar el ombligo – Literally means to leave your belly button. But here this term refers to the place where someone is born.
Estar hasta el copete – to be fed up with something
Estirar la pata – slang for to die.
Fajarse – to make a big effort
Guato, peludo or zaguate – all mean dog in Costa Rica. The correct word for dog is perro.
Pedirle la lupa a alguien – to request that someone get fired from a job.
Piña – Literally means pineapple but here it is a car’s axle, also.
Quedar como un ajo – to be clean
Sopapos – blows or hits
Tragar grueso – to be difficult
Tucas – legs
Ventanear – to window shop
Yuyo – a person who is a pest but can also denotes a germ
Batazo is an educated guess.
Botar el tapón is to get angry
Buche is slang for stomach. Estómago is the correct word.
Busazo is a bus crash
Caballada is a stupid act or mistake.
Chispa is intelligence.
Chorpa or taco mean jail in Costa Rica
Dar un filazo is to stab someone. The correct verbs are apuñalear, apuñalar or acuchillar.
Estar puras tejas is to feel great. This expression is a variation of estar puros cienes.
Ganarse los frijoles is to earn a living. Ganarse la vida is the correct expression.
Guachos or guayabos are slang for a person’s eyes. Los ojos is the correct word for eyes.
No hay quinto malo means, “If at first you do not succeed, then keep trying.”
Pique is a type of competition or a drag race. Hacerle pique is to compete.
Sacar caja or sacar pecho mean to show off.
Tirar chinitas is to insinuate something.
Ventolero is a strong wind
Volar coco is to think
Zafarle la tabla is to fire someone.
Bailar – to deceive, trick or swindle someone
Boletear – to give a traffic ticket to someone. Ponerle un party is more common
Cologallero – a person who searches for gold or a prospector. Orero is also used.
Dar un filazo – is to stab someone. Apuñalar is the correct term.
Estar puras tejas – is to be or feel great
Ganarse los frijoles diarios – to earn a living or “bring home the bacon”
Guachos or guayabos – slang for one’s eyes in Costa Rica. Los ojos is the correct word for eyes.
Guaro vaquero – used to describe a person who cannot handle alcoholic beverages or a so called “bad drunk”
Hacerle pique a – to compete against someone or something
Hombre del saco or Coco – the Costa Rican equivalent of the “boogie man”
La peri – the peripheral highway that almost encircles all of the entire San José area.
Le zafó la tabla – is to fire someone from a job
Sanfra or San Chico – short for the country’s many towns called San Francisco
Sobre– slang for bed but literally means envelope
Topador – a persona who sells stolen merchandise or a “fence”
Tortón – a huge error or screwup
Tu jacha me suena – your face is familiar
Angelito literally is an angel but in Costa Rica can mean a child or criminal
Arrugar el pichel is to frown or make a face
Bolados are advice or tips
Botar el tapón or destapar el tamal mean to reveal or uncover information like corruption
Chelo is short for the name Marcelo
Chotear is to make fun of someone
Deschingarse is to remove clothing.
Empujado/a is a person who works hard or has a lot of drive.
Guamazo is a big blow or hit
Lágrimas are large stones or boulders but literally means tears.
Marimba is not a musical instrument in this case but a lot of young brothers and sisters.
Meter un gol is to score in soccer or deceive someone
Perrera is a paddy wagon
Ponerse color de hormiga is when a situation becomes difficult
Subirse por las paredes is to be climbing the walls when one is upset
Tirar la Chinita is to say something indirectly about someone
Vaso de agua is an easy woman
Venado literally means a deer but can refer to the husband of an adulteress
Zarandear is to shake or push someone