This is a nice phrase, always said with a lot of emphasis and accompanied by a downward hand flicking gesture that indicates something very long winded, heavy going and possibly also extremely complicated! “Tela” is material and “marinera” you can no doubt guess, so the expression seems to refer to the vast quantities of material used by sailors for make their sails or maybe those floppy trousers they used to wear as well. It’s usually added to an account of some enormous fuss and bother either already happened or being anticipated. Just wait till I tell so-and-so that they can’t do such-and-such after all ¡tela marinera!
Posted by: janecronin | January 12, 2013