I learned this lovely phrase the day of our Mexican Fiesta. I was speaking to some of the people who were going to be coming that night for the feast, and they told me “Nos ponemos las botas”… to which I replied with a blank stare of confusion.
Ponerse las botas.
They explained to me that it meant that we would all be eating a lot that night, so it was a funny expression to say we should prepare ourselves. I asked “but why boots? Shouldn’t it be about pants or something?” and they just shrugged. After researching the phrase a little bit, I found out that it can have multiple meanings (I’m glad I looked it up before actually using it!).
You can use this phrase to signify that you will be eating quite a lot, but it also could mean that you expect to have a lot of success or get lucky that night *blush*. It also means, simply, to get ready for something. I suppose the context means everything, eh?
They asked me if there was an English equivalent, but I am still having a hard time thinking of one. Anyone know of anything?