chapa
feminine noun
1. sheet, plate (lámina) (de metal); board (de madera); bodywork (automobiles)
  • taller de chapa y pintura -> body shop
  • chapa ondulada -> corrugated iron
2. top, cap (de botella)
  • juego de las chapas -> = children's game played with bottle tops
3. badge (insignia)
4. lock (cerradura) (Colombian Spanish, Cuban Spanish, Mexican Spanish)
5. numberplate (de matrícula) (RPBr), license plate (United States)

chapa [chah’-pah]
noun
1. Plate, sheet (of metal). (f)
  • Chapa acanalada, chapa ondulada -> corrugated iron
2. A kind of rosy shot on the check. (f)
3. Rouge used by ladies. (f)
4. A small bit of leather laid by shoemakers under the last stitches to prevent the binding from giving way. (f)
5. Chapas de freno, the two bosses on each side of the bit of a bridle. (f)
6. Transom and trunnion plates in gun carriages; judgment, good sense. (f)
  • Chapas de caoba -> mahogany veneers
  • Hombre de chapa -> a man of judgment, abilities, and merit
  • Chapa de matricula -> licence plate
  • Estar sin placa -> to be broke
Bodywork (coche).

chapa
1 (material) sheet metal
la escultura incorpora chapa y madera the sculpture includes sheet metal and wood
2 (lámina)
una chapa de metal a metal sheet; a sheet of metal
la caseta había sido construida con /chapas/ y ladrillos, de forma rudimentaria
una chapa de madera a wooden panel; una chapa de acero a steel plate; la chapa del coche the panel of the car; una mesa revestida con chapa de nogal a table covered with a walnut veneer
Rollos de chapa de madera natural o sintéticos en tiras para rematar cantos de tableros
chapa acanalada chapa ondulada corrugated iron (sheet)
3 [de policía] badge; [de adorno] badge
lleva la cazadora llena de chapas he has badges all over his jacket
4 [de botella] cap; top
5 (S. Cone) [de matrícula]
chapa de patente licence o license plate; (EEUU)
6 chapas (juego) game of throwing bottle tops
7 (España) one-hundred-peseta coin
solo cuesta tres chapas "Quedamos a las ocho y media de la tarde, ponemos cinco chapas cada uno [500 pesetas] y nos ponemos hasta el culo de calimocho [vino con coca-cola]"
estar sin chapa not to have a farthing o cent
8
hacer chapas (prostituirse) to turn tricks (muy_familiar)
9 (Latinoamérica) (cerradura) lock; (tirador) (door) handle
10
hombre de chapa sensible man

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