There’s a Moor on the coast…

While reviewing some (Continental) Portuguese idioms online, I found one that stood out and thought I’d share it.

There’s a Moor on the coast…

Há Mouro na costa…

The Moors were the Muslim people from North Africa who lived in the Iberia Peninsula, and they were the archenemies of the catholic Portuguese (and Spanish). They were “a threat” for a number of centuries. This expression, however, has nothing to do with war. On the contrary, it is related to love. You say this when there’s a person threatening to invade someone’s heart.