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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (hardware)
a. nail
¿Me podría prestar un martillo para clavar unos clavos?Could I borrow a hammer to hammer some nails?
2. (spice)
a. clove
Añádele un clavo al estofado. Verás qué diferencia.Add a clove to the stew. It makes all the difference.
3. (medicine)
a. pin
Le tienen que poner un clavo en el fémur.They have to put a pin in his femur.
4. (sports)
a. spike (in boots)
Para ese tipo de ascenso, utilizan botas de escalada con clavos.For that kind of ascent, they use climbing boots with spikes.
b. piton (as a fixing point)
Clavó el clavo en el hielo y comprobó su sujeción tirando de la cuerda.He drove the piton into the ice and pulled the rope to check it was securely fastened.
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1. (pieza metálica)
a. nail
2. (fam fig)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
agarrarse a un clavo ardiendoto clutch at straws
estaré allí como un clavoI'll be there on the dot
3. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
dar en el clavoto hit the nail on the head
4. (especia)
a. clove
5. (colloquial)
a. rip-off
6. (medicine)
a. pin
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1 [de carpintero] nail; [de adorno] stud
agarrarse a un clavo ardiendo
estoy tan desesperado que me agarraría a un clavo ardiendo I'm so desperate I'd do anything o I'm capable of anything; los estudiantes se agarran a esta ley como a un clavo ardiendo the students are pinning their hopes on this law as their last hope
como un clavo
llegó a las dos en punto, como un clavo she arrived at two o'clock on the dot; a las doce, como un clavo, llamaba a la puerta at twelve o'clock, as regular as clockwork, he would call at the door
los segundos jueves de mes,como un clavo, las 25 nos reunimos en el Palace
dar en el clavo to hit the nail on the head
dar una en el clavo y ciento en la herradura to be more often wrong than right
entrar de clavo to squeeze in
¡por los clavos de Cristo! for heaven's sake!
¡Por los clavos de Cristo, Julián, no seas tonto! ¡Por los clavos de Cristo, Paloma, basta de bobadas!
remachar el clavo (empeorar) to make matters worse
meter algo de clavo to slip sth in
ser una verdad de clavo pasado to be patently obvious
ser una verdad evidente
un clavo saca a otro clavo a new worry helps to take the pain away o take your mind off the old one
clavo romano brass-headed nail
clavo sin cabeza panel pin
se encola la moldura y se clava con clavos sin cabeza se sujeta a la tabla con cola y clavos sin cabeza
2 [de botas de fútbol] stud; [de zapatillas de correr] spike
3 [de montañismo] piton
4 (Botánica) (also clavo de olor) clove
5 (callo) corn
6 (Med) (pieza metálica) (metal) pin; (metal) rod
le metieron un clavo en el codo dolor de clavo
7 (Centroamérica) (México) (Minería) rich vein of ore
8 (And) (S. Cone) (cosa desagradable)
es un clavo tener que levantarse temprano it's a real pain o bind having to get up so early; ¡vaya clavo que te han vendido! they've sold you a dud! (familiar)
9 (Centroamérica) (México) (problema) problem; snag
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Phrases with "clavo"
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clavo de olor
Un clavo saca otro clavo.
New love drives out old love.
dar en el clavo
to hit the nail on the head
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