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"Beat up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "dar una paliza a", and "spank" is a noun which is often translated as "el azote". Learn more about the difference between "beat up" and "spank" below.
beat up(
bit
 
uhp
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to hurt)
a. dar una paliza a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Some mobsters beat up the grocer because he wouldn't rat someone out to them.Unos mafiosos le dieron una paliza al tendero porque no quizo delatar a alguien.
b. pegar
Bruno told me he would beat me up if I didn't give him my lunch money.Bruno me dijo que me iba a pegar si no le daba mi dinero para el almuerzo.
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spank(
spahngk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (punishment)
a. el azote
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His mother gave him a spank for saying a dirty word.Su madre le dio un azote por decir una grosería.
b. la nalgada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Go clean your room unless you want me to give you a spank.Ve a limpiar tu cuarto a menos que quieres que te de una nalgada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to slap on the buttocks)
a. azotar
He knew his father would spank him if he didn't do his chores.Sabía que su padre lo azotaría si no hacía las tareas.
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