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"Enganche" is a noun which is often translated as "hitching up", and "gancho" is a noun which is often translated as "hook". Learn more about the difference between "enganche" and "gancho" below.
enganche(
ehng
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gahn
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cheh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of hooking up)
a. hitching up
El enganche del remolque resultó más complicado de lo que pensaba.Hitching up the trailer turned out to be more complicated than I thought.
b. coupling (railways)
Yo me encargaba de supervisar el enganche de los vagones de mercancías.My job was to supervise the coupling of the freight cars.
c. connection (telecommunications)
El enganche de una nueva línea lo debe realizar un técnico calificado.The connection of a new line must be carried out by a qualified technician.
2. (fastening system)
a. hook
El marco tiene cuatro enganches detrás para colocar el cuadro.The frame has four hooks for positioning the painting behind it.
b. coupling (railways)
El enganche de los vagones es tan sólido que aguanta varias toneladas de peso.The coupling between the cars is so strong that it can bear several tons in weight.
c. towing hook (of trailer)
El enganche del remolque se soltó y toda la carga se volcó en la carretera.The trailer's towing hook came adrift and the whole load tipped over onto the road.
3. (military)
a. enlistment
Mi padre solía decir que el enganche en el ejército servía para madurar.My father used to say that enlistment in the army was a good way to grow up.
4. (initial payment)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. deposit
Dimos al casero un enganche por el departamento y una semana después le dimos el resto.We gave the landlord a deposit for the apartment and we gave him the rest a week later.
b. down payment
El vendedor de autos quería un enganche de 500 dólares por el auto.The car salesman wanted a down payment of $500 on the car.
5. (tear in fabric)
a. snag
Me hice un enganche en el sweater nuevo con la palanca del freno de la bici.I got a snag in my new sweater from the brake lever of my bike.
b. pulled thread
¿Te has fijado que tienes un enganche en la manga de tu vestido?Have you seen you've got a pulled thread on the sleeve of your dress?
6. (sports)
a. playmaker
Janikowski es un brillante enganche centrocampista, con gran sentido de la oportunidad.Janikowski is a brilliant midfield playmaker, with great timing.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(appeal)
a. connection
Tienen un enganche tal que nunca se van a separar.There's such an connection between them, they'll never split up.
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gancho(
gahn
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choh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (tool)
a. hook
El pirata tenía un gancho en lugar de una mano.The pirate had a hook instead of a hand.
2. (object to hang clothes)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. hanger
La ropa se está secando en el gancho.The clothes are drying up in the hanger.
3. (botany)
a. branch
Cortaron todos los árboles del lugar dejando puros ganchos.They trimmed all the trees in the area, leaving just branches.
4. (clip for clothes) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. clothespin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Te recomiendo usar ganchos para colgar la ropa en el tendedero.I recommend that you use clothespins to hang the clothes from the line.
b. peg (United Kingdom)
Lavo tanta ropa todas las semanas que me hacen falta más ganchos.I wash so many clothes every week that I need to buy more pegs.
5. (hair clip)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. hairpin
A diario uso ganchos para peinarme.I use hairpins everyday to style my hair.
6. (sewing) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. safety pin
Le puse un gancho a mi falda porque se descosió.I put a safety pin in my skirt because it became unstitched.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(pull power)
a. appeal
Esa mujer tiene un gancho que les encanta a los hombres.That woman has an appeal that men love.
b. attraction
Esta oferta es el gancho más importante para comprar nuestro producto.This promotion is the major attraction for buying our product.
8. (partner)
a. accomplice
Juan era su gancho para hacer que la gente comprara el producto.Juan was his accomplice for getting people to buy the product.
9. (sports)
a. hook (boxing)
El boxeador lanzó un gancho izquierdo a la cara de su oponente.The boxer threw a left hook at his opponent’s face.
b. hook shot (basketball)
El jugador lanzó un gancho y anotó una canasta.The player threw a hook shot and scored a basket.
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