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"Bribe" is a noun which is often translated as "el soborno", and "pay off" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "saldar". Learn more about the difference between "bribe" and "pay off" below.
bribe(
brayb
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (payment)
a. el soborno
(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).
The official was charged with accepting bribes from drug dealers.El oficial fue acusado de aceptar sobornos de narcotraficantes.
b. la coima
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I got caught by a policeman when I jumped the lights, and had to offer him a bribe to let me go.Me agarró un policía cuando me pasé el semáforo y tuve que ofrecerle una coima para que me dejara ir.
c. la mordida
(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).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The foreigners have to pay large bribes to the authorities to get their applications processed.Los extranjeros tienen que pagar grandes mordidas a las autoridades para que den curso a sus solicitudes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to buy off)
a. sobornar
He's bribing voters with promises he can't keep.Está sobornando al electorado con promesas que no puede cumplir.
b. comprar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The witness had been bribed by police to give false evidence.La policía había comprado al testigo para que prestara una declaración falsa.
c. coimear
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
She bribed her little brother to keep quiet about it.Coimeó a su hermanito para que no hablara del asunto.
d. morder
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Players were bribed to fix games.A los jugadores se los mordía para arreglar los partidos.
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pay off(
pey
 
af
)
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. (to settle a debt)
a. saldar
Gary is hoping to pay off the loan by 2018.Gary espera saldar el préstamo antes de 2018.
b. liquidar
Dani's financial advisor told her to pay off her current debts before taking on more.El consejero financiero de Dani le dijo que liquidara sus deudas actuales antes de asumir otras.
c. amortizar
With a down payment of $10,000, it will take 25 years to pay off the mortgage.Con una cuota inicial de $10,000, tomará 25 años amortizar la hipoteca.
d. pagar
Spencer will have to pay off his creditors to abate the constant stream of phone calls.Spencer va a tener que pagar a sus acreedores para acabar con las constantes llamadas telefónicas.
2. (to bribe)
a. untar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The verdict seemed so unbelievable that we all wondered if the mob had paid the jury off.El veredicto pareció tan inverosímil que todos nos preguntamos si la mafia había untado al jurado.
b. coimear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(Southern Cone)
The mafia has been paying off the cops for years.La mafia ha estado coimeando a la policía durante años.
c. dar una mordida a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
It turned out the investment firm had paid off the tax auditors.Resultó que la firma de inversiones le había dado una mordida a los auditores de impuestos.
3. (to pay and discharge)
a. liquidarle el sueldo a
The human resources director paid Anna off and told her today was her last day.El director de personal le liquidó el sueldo a Ana y le dijo que hoy era su último día.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
4. (to be worthwhile)
a. valer la pena
Marta knew that all her hard work would pay off when the house was finally built.Marta sabía que todo su esfuerzo valdría la pena cuando la casa por fin estuviera construida.
b. merecer la pena
This class will be a lot of work, but the knowledge you will take away will pay off.Esta clase requerirá mucho esfuerzo, pero el conocimiento que obtendrán merecerá la pena.
c. dar fruto
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
When you see your child graduate, you'll realize all your efforts have paid off.Cuando veas a tu hijo graduarse, te darás cuenta que todos tus esfuerzos dieron fruto.
d. dar resultado
We took a great risk by investing in Lina's crazy project, but it's paying off.Nos arriesgamos mucho al invertir en el proyecto loco de Lina, pero está dando resultados.
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