chistera

chistera [noun, f] – magician’s hat; top hat

This one’s a know-it-or-you-don’t word, so it doesn’t necessarily require advanced level Spanish. My four and five year old sons both knew the word before I did, in spite of my more than 25 years of Spanish study. I could get depressed about that, but I’ll try not to! Anyway, language lovers, now we know what a chistera is, the expression “sacarse algo de la chistera” becomes fairly self-explanatory, with its English equivalent being (literally) “to pull something out of a hat” or (more commonly) “to magic something out of thin air“.

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