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In my dictionary there is an entry belonging to "ver":

vérselas y deseárselas para conseguir algo

which should mean something like "take a great effort to obtain sth.". I have seen a similar phrase containing vérselas before in a book and now I have to know. What is this "las" referring to? Is there an implicit omitted word?

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I like this question (+1). I've heard vérselas negras para ..., which means having to confront a very difficult situation. I don't know the origin. So, if the origin of the term you asked about is elucidated, so would be mine. –  c.p. Dec 27 '13 at 19:15
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Here is another example of 'las' referring to something omitted: 'Te las deseo felices' -- I wish you luck –  Paco Feb 14 at 16:52
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Yes. Indeed. Something hidden, could be anything. It is a cliche phrase, itself. Nobody knows where it comes from, and we use it not very often because it is a quite old expresion, but it is commonly used in books and it's a nice way to express the difficulty of doing something.

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I did a small research and there is no info available on the net easily to get an explanation of the origins of this expresion. Nobody knows where it comes from , just that. :-) –  darkgaze Dec 27 '13 at 13:37
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Si quieres ver el uso de verselas molesta a una mujer en cuba...ella diria fulano va verselas conmigo...y mejor fulano que no se aparezca...lol –  Emilio Gort Dec 27 '13 at 13:51
    
Thank you, I'll take this. Also thanks @Emilio Gort for an enlightening example. –  Gregor Bruns Dec 28 '13 at 20:27
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Se pone " fulano va A vérselas conmigo" –  darkgaze Dec 28 '13 at 20:45
    
Si @darkgase lo que pasa que lo escribi del cel, seria bueno saber el origen de las palabras fulano y esperanzejo –  Emilio Gort Dec 29 '13 at 4:57
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