Catalan Idioms: To kill the worm

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Have you ever heard a Catalan idiom? Has someone ever tried to translate it to you? If we try to translate a sentence literally, we will come out with a funny new sentence, that nothing has to do with the original one.
If you know something of Catalan and you overhear someone saying “matar el cuc” while heading to the kitchen, what would you think? Or if you still don’t speak Catalan and someone tries to translate “I am going to kill the worm” while opening the fridge, wouldn’t you be puzzled?

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The origin of the sentence in Catalan comes from as far as the Middle Age when, according to the tradition, a tiny worm was the responsible for an epidemic killing the population. To fight this worm, that attacked the heart by biting it, it was recommended to eat something and to drink a glass of wine or liquor, specially those who woke up early in the morning and had to wait to a more appropriate time to have breakfast. And so they thought they were “killing the worm”

Nowadays, people may refer to “matar el cuc” when we eat a snack between meals to ease your hunger, while we wait for the lunch or dinner time. An idiom can also be found in English with that same meaning, “to take the edge off your hunger”.

Is there a more appropriate idiom to translate this Catalan expression? Let us know!

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