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I have heard this expression sometimes. For instance, when two friends are going to play something, first one says to the second: "Dale calor primo!". What does it mean?

Thanks in advance.

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    Perhaps it means to burn whatever they are going to do
    – Sapikelio
    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:54

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Dale calor primo it's usually used in a very informal way, normally singed in songs (reggaeton or similar).

The sentence is composed for two parts:

  • The first one, dale calor; translated as a Come on!, give me the power or similar. In your sentence, it means go ahead or do something quickly. Literally the sentence means: give me heat.

  • The second part, primo: it's a very colloquial way to refer someone. It could be translated as a baby, guy or lad in english. Literally it is translated as a cousin.

As you can se, it is a very informal way to speak, so it must be taken very carefully this kind of sentences when you translate them, because it depends in the context heavily.

Hope it helped!

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  • De nada! (You're welcome) @bigdestroyer Jan 25, 2016 at 20:48
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"Dar calor" would mean to "go ahead with certain emphasis" with whatever affair they are involved in. For example when driving, "dale calor" can translate to something like "Floor the gas pedal"

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  • Plus I would guess this was heard in Andalusia, where primo is a usual way to refer to a close friend.
    – Gorpik
    Jan 25, 2016 at 16:59
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    Yeah, I guess Andalusians use it more often than us people from the north. Also, gitanos usually refer to each other as "primos" and non-gitano people are starting to use the word in a way to express closeness as well. Jan 25, 2016 at 23:23
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    Gitano == Gypsy; //true` Deal with It
    – Sapikelio
    Jan 26, 2016 at 12:54

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