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contra
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contra(
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trah
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (opposition)
a. against
Boca Juniors juega contra Santos este sábado. Boca Juniors plays against Santos this Saturday.
2. (position)
a. against
Pon este libro en el librero que está contra aquella pared, por favor.Put this book in the bookcase that is against that wall, please.
3. (direction)
a. against
Es muy duro nadar contra la corriente.It is very hard to swim against the current.
b. into
Para levantar la cometa tienes que correr contra el viento.To lift the kite you have to run into the wind.
4. (finance)
a. on
No aceptamos cheques girados contra bancos extranjeros.We don't accept checks drawn on foreign banks.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (argument against)
a. con
Antes de invertir, examine los pros y los contras.Before you invest, examine the pros and cons.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
6. (for poison)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. antidote
Necesita una contra para mordeduras de serpiente.She needs an antidote for snake bites.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to express surprise)
a. damn
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Contra, qué calor hace aquí!Damn, it's hot in here!
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contra
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. against
un jarabe contra la tosa cough syrup
en contraagainst
estar en contra de algo, estar contra algoto be opposed to something
en contra decontrary to
eso va contra el reglamentothat's against regulations
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
los pros y los contrasthe pros and cons
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contra
preposition
1 (indicando oposición) against
no tengo nada contra ti I have nothing against you; son cinco contra uno it's five against one
eso va contra mis principios
una campaña contra la discriminación a campaign against discrimination; el Sevilla juega contra el Betis Seville are playing (against) Betis; un ataque contra objetivos militares an attack on military targets; unas pastillas contra el mareo some (anti-)travel sickness pills; contra la opinión de la mayoría, yo me opongo contrary to the opinion of the majority, I oppose it
en contra
¿quién está en contra? who is against?; tres votos a favor y dos en contra three votes in favour and two against
hay demasiados puntos en contra
lo tenemos todo en contra the odds are stacked against us; tengo a toda la familia en contra the whole family is against me; el Barcelona tenía el marcador en contra the score was not in Barcelona's favour; en contra de algo against sth; estoy en contra de la subida de los impuestos I'm against an increase in taxes; en contra de lo que habíamos pensado contrary to what we had thought
por contra on the other hand
España asintió; Grecia, por contra, se opuso al acuerdo
2 (indicando posición) against
apoyó la bici contra la pared she leaned the bike against the wall
puso el armario contra la puerta la profesora me puso contra la pared
me abrazó fuerte contra su pecho she hugged me tightly to her breast
3 (indicando dirección) against
fue muy cansado remar contra la corriente it was very tiring rowing against the current; se chocó contra la valla he crashed into the fence
4 (Com) (Economía)
cobrará el dinero contra entrega del boleto ganador you will receive the money when you produce the winning ticket
1 (contraria)
hacer la contra a algn: no me hagas más la contra stop being so obstructive; stop taking the opposite line all the time; llevar la contra a algn to contradict sb
siempre me lleva la contra en todo lo que digo le gusta llevar siempre la contra siempre me lleva la contra en todo
no le gusta que le lleven la contra he doesn't like to be contradicted; ¿por qué siempre tienes que llevar la contra? why do you always have to be so contrary?
no le lleves la contra al jefe
2 (Latinoamérica) (Med) antidote
3 (Bridge) double
(inconveniente) disadvantage; drawback
la fama también tiene sus contras fame also has its disadvantages o drawbacks
interjection
damn it (familiar)
¡ya me has confundido otra vez, contra! now you've got me all mixed up again, damn it! (familiar)
¡contra, si es tu padre!
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