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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (limit)
a. height
Un chico llevó un arma a la escuela. Esto es el colmo de la locura.A boy brought a gun to school. This is the height of madness.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Llegó tarde y, para colmo, sin la comida que le pedimos que trajera.He arrived late and, to top it all, without the food we asked him to bring.
Otra vez no lavó los platos. ¡Esto es el colmo!She didn't do the dishes again. This is the last straw!
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. height
el colmo de la estupidezthe height of stupidity
es el colmo de la locurait's sheer madness
para colmo de desgraciasto crown it all
¡eso es el colmo!that's the last straw!
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¡eres el colmo! ¡deja ya de quejarte! you really take the biscuit! just stop complaining!; ¡esto es el colmo! ¡ya no lo aguanto más! this is the last straw! I can't stand it any longer!; tu hermano es el colmo, no paro de reírme con él your brother is hilarious o is something else (familiar), he makes me laugh so much; el colmo de la elegancia the height of elegance; para colmo to top it all; to cap it all; y, para colmo, se le rompió el ordenador and to top o cap it all his computer broke; para colmo de desgracias o de males to make matters worse
ser el colmo de los colmos
que la mismísima policía le robe es ya el colmo de los colmos to be robbed by the police themselves really is the limit
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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