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This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 3.
checa
feminine noun
1. (place) 
a. secret police headquarters 
Llevaron a Ramón a la checa durante la noche.Ramon was taken to the secret police headquarters during the night.
b. nick (colloquial) 
Después de interrogarnos en la checa, nos largaron.After questioning us down at the nick, we were released.
2. (institution) 
a. secret police 
La checa cumplió un papel nefasto durante la Guerra Civil Española.The secret police played a terrible role during the Spanish Civil War.
Checa
proper noun
3. (politics) 
a. Cheka 
Existen muchas películas que tratan las actividades espeluznantes de la Checa en la antigua Unión Soviética.There are many films covering the chilling activities of the Cheka in the old Soviet Union.
checa
1 (policía) secret police
2 (comisaría) secret police headquarters; (cárcel) nick (muy_familiar); jail
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