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espalda

back

noun

espalda
feminine noun
1. back (del cuerpo)
  • caer de espalda -> to fall flat on one's back
  • cargado de espaldas -> round-shouldered
  • de espaldas a alguien -> with one's back turned on somebody
  • lo vi de espaldas -> I saw him from behind
  • tumbarse de espaldas -> to lie (flat) on one's back
  • por la espalda -> from behind; behind one's back (figurative)
  • dar la espalda a alguien -> to have one's back to somebody
2. (expresiones)
  • cubrirse las espaldas -> to cover oneself
  • echarse algo sobre las espaldas -> to take something on
  • hablar de alguien a sus espaldas -> to talk about somebody behind their back
  • hacer algo a espaldas de alguien -> to do something behind somebody's back
  • tirar o tumbar de espaldas -> to be amazing o stunning
  • volver la espalda a alguien -> to turn one's back on somebody
3. backstroke (en natación)
  • nadar a espalda -> to do the backstroke

espalda [es-pahl’-dah]
noun
1. Shoulder, the upper part of the back. (f)
2. Shoulder of a bastion. (Military) (f)
  • Espaldas -> a) back or back part. b) (Met.) aid, protection
  • A espaldas -> at one’s back, in one’s absence
  • Echar a las espaldas -> to forget on purpose, to abandon
  • Sobre mis espaldas -> at my expense
  • Torna -> or volver las espaldas, 1. To avoid someone; to turn one’s back in contempt. 2. To fly, to run away.
  • A espaldas de uno -> behind somebody’s back
  • Atar las manos a la espalda -> to tie somebody’s hands behind his back
  • Cubrir las espaldas -> (Fig.) to cover oneself

espalda
1 (Anatomía) back
de espaldas a algo with one's back to sth; de espaldas al sentido de la marcha facing backwards; with one's back to the engine
por la espalda
lo mataron por la espalda he was killed from behind; atar las manos a la espalda to tie sb's hands behind his back; caer de espaldas to fall on one's back; estar de espaldas to have one's back turned; volver la espalda to turn away; to turn tail; volver la espalda a algn to cold-shoulder sb; turn one's back on sb; volverse de espaldas to turn one's back
cubrirse las espaldas to cover o.s.; cover one's own back
dar la espalda a algo/algn to turn away from sth/sb; face away from sth/sb
echar algo sobre las espaldas to take sth on; take charge of sth
hacer algo a espaldas de algn to do sth behind sb's back
tener las espaldas cubiertas to make sure; be on the safe side
2 (Dep) backstroke
la prueba de 200 metros espaldas the 200 metres backstroke
3 (And) (destino) fate; destiny
espalda mojada (México) wetback

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