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I know the meaning of the phrase "Me cae bien": I like him/her (in a strictly platonic sense), or He leaves a good impression

But recently I have heard the phrase Me cae gordo (in Mexico). It's clearly a similar construction as the previous, but what does it mean? Where does the phrase come from?

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From R.A.E.:

gordo:

caer ~ a alguien otra persona.

  1. loc. verb. coloq. Resultarle antipática, molesta o desagradable.
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Me cae gordo means exactly the opposite :

I truly dislike him/her.

(I added the truly to make emphasis.) As from where the expression comes, I have no clue.

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No idea where the expression comes either –  Newbie Jul 29 '13 at 15:41

While I don't have a specific source to base my claims, I believe that the usage of gordo is closely related to certain meanings of pesado (as one would expect a fat person to be heavy in weight):

pesado, da.

  1. adj. Molesto, enfadoso, impertinente.
  2. adj. Duro, violento, insufrible, difícil de soportar.

And actually a closely related phrase is caer pesado

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En mi vida he oído la expresión de caer pesado. Caer gordo sí, pero caer pesado.no. –  rpax Apr 12 at 2:46
    
"Caer pesado" yo tampoco lo he oido de esa forma, pero si "ser pesado" o "andar de pesado" –  DarkAjax Apr 12 at 2:57
    
Pero no es para nada lo mismo. Una novia puede ser muy pesada ( Que esté llamando cada hora), pero eso no implica ningún sentimiento negativo. –  rpax Apr 12 at 3:00
    
Posiblemente sea algo distinto según el país y/o la región, la expresión "caer gordo" se usa mucho en México y aquí "ser pesado" es algo mas como ser molesto tanto como "caer gordo" se usa cuando alguien te cae mal, y no como ser insistente como sería el caso del ejemplo que mencionas –  DarkAjax Apr 12 at 3:09

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