- 1 [Botánica/Botany] [Cocina/Cookery] tomato salsa de tomate tomato sauce agarrar algo para el lado de los tomates (Río de la Plata/River Plate area) [familiar/colloquial] to take sth the wrong way estar/ponerse (colorado) como un tomate (sonrojarse) to be/turn as red as a beet (inglés norteamericano/American English) to be/go as red as a beetroot (inglés británico/British English) (quemarse) to be/turn as red as a lobster ¡toma tu tomate! (Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial] put that in your pipe and smoke it! [familiar/colloquial]
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.