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    In the US we use the slang term "to ride the gravy train" to describe a situation in which someone is benefitting from a situation without having to pay for the benefits.

    "He's riding that gravy train" means he is taking advantage of a good situation at little or no cost to himself.

    A simple example: a person lives in another's house and enjoys a bed, the food, the TV, the computer, the beer ...all the amenities...for free...at the generosity of the owner.

    We would say to him, "Man, you should ride that gravy train as long as possible."

    It short, it is a free ride. Is there an equivalent expression in Spanish?
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    Hi Vicente,

    Your comments are very interesting, it's cool learning from others' doubts.

    In Argentina, maybe in a slang way too (suggestions?) we name those situations in the following way

    I could think of

    - "Te la estas llevando de arriba"

    Let's give a lot of options to Vicente, and see if we can determine a Spanish equivalent expression...

    Best!

    N.

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    I remember a Pink Floyd song called "Have a Cigar".

    Aqui en Mèxico (o al menos en el norte) nos referimos a esta situación como "pasarsela concha".

    saludos

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente
    In the US we use the slang term "to ride the gravy train" to describe a situation in which someone is benefitting from a situation without having to pay for the benefits.

    "He's riding that gravy train" means he is taking advantage of a good situation at little or no cost to himself.

    A simple example: a person lives in another's house and enjoys a bed, the food, the TV, the computer, the beer ...all the amenities...for free...at the generosity of the owner.

    We would say to him, "Man, you should ride that gravy train as long as possible."

    It short, it is a free ride. Is there an equivalent expression in Spanish?
    I would say that such a person is "un aprovechador" and for me the expression "riding the gravy train" would be "aprovecharse de la situación".

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente
    In the US we use the slang term "to ride the gravy train" to describe a situation in which someone is benefitting from a situation without having to pay for the benefits.

    "He's riding that gravy train" means he is taking advantage of a good situation at little or no cost to himself.

    A simple example: a person lives in another's house and enjoys a bed, the food, the TV, the computer, the beer ...all the amenities...for free...at the generosity of the owner.

    We would say to him, "Man, you should ride that gravy train as long as possible."

    It short, it is a free ride. Is there an equivalent expression in Spanish?
    Yo diría "sacarle el jugo". "Deberías sacarle todo el jugo que puedas mientras sea posible".

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    Buen punto Walterzev. Coloquialmente acá en Chile se dice que este tipo de personas "se las llevan peladitas"

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    ¡Hola Vicente!

    Creo que podrían ser:

    * Estás ganando plata fácil.
    * Estás cobrando sin transpirar.
    * Encontraste un buen curro.
    * Estás dándote la buena vida.
    * Estás llevándotela de arriba ► como bien dijo Nicolasm.

    Me recuerda a la canción "Money for nothing" de Dire Straits.

    Espero que pueda servirte de ayuda.

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    Thanks you, Nicolas, Mario, questor, walterzev y Laurinha. Very interesting and informative.
    vicente

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