to wander / stroll around
(root: pata [paw])
Se nota que no les ha tocado patonearse entregando hojas de vida, porque los papas les consiguen trabajito.
You can tell that they’ve never had to walk the city turning in CVs, because their parents get them jobs.
Uno se patonea la sede tratando de conseguir un testimonio y todo el mundo responde que claro, que se enteraron de lo que pasó.
You can wander around the campus trying to find witnesses and everyone says that of course they’ve heard what happened.
(literally: of one)
(1) sounds good / I’m in
“¿Vamos por una pola?” “¡De una!”
“Should we go for a beer?” “I’m down!”
(2) right now
¿Cuándo vamos a ir al parque? ¿De una?
When are we going to the park? Right now?
(literally: in ball)
En bola is most commonly said on the Caribbean coast, but you can hear it everywhere.
Spain uses the same expression but pluralized, as in en bolas or en pelotas.
In Peru, women that are described as en bola are strangely wearing all their clothes — because they’re pregnant.