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Te lo dije tres veces y de todos modos no lo hiciste. A ti ya se te va el avión.

¿No te acordaste de tu cumpleaños? La verdad es que a ti ya se te va el avión.

  • What does it mean?
  • What does it have to do with "avión"?
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In Mexico, it's a way to say that you're frequently forgetful (as in the plane you were supposed to take left without you because you forgot), therefore it makes sense in context with your example phrases, in both cases "se te va el avión" means colloquially that the person frequently forgets things (something told multiple times, and someone's birthday).

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As a side note, in Spain we say 'se te va la pinza' with the same meaning. The relation between being forgetful and a leaving plane is clear, but I can't imagine how it can be related to a clothes peg :) – Sergio Cinos Mar 1 '12 at 20:20

"se te va el avión" doesn't just mean that some person is frequently forgetting something, but also if you say stupid/crazy things that are no related to the topic you are talking about. For example if I ask you about the whether and you say "it was a busy Monday" then people could say "a Richard se le va el avión".

Other similar phrase is "dar el avión" (they are not interchangeable) This means that some person does not consider important something that other person is saying, for example, "Mike me dió el avión", that means Mike doesn't care about what I am saying.

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this answer is unreadable. Please edit it with proper grammar, capital/lowercase, paragraphs, etc. – fedorqui Nov 27 at 21:37
Welcome to the stack. Please review you grammar, spelling and formatting so your answers can be useful. – DGaleano yesterday

It is a way to say:

You're running out of time.

Avión is used as much as train, just because those are transports.

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The OP is asking for the "Mexican" meaning, and that's not the way it's used in Mexico... – DarkAjax Feb 28 '12 at 15:39
@darkajax is correct. This answer is objectively wrong. – Michael Wolf Feb 29 '12 at 18:43

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