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contratiempo
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contratiempo(
kohn
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trah
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tyehm
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poh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (hindrance)
a. setback
La pérdida del jugador estrella supone un gran contratiempo para el equipo.Losing its star player is a serious setback for the team.
b. accident
Los alpinistas llegaron a la cima sin contratiempos.The climbers reached the peak without accident.
c. mishap
Parece que algún contratiempo delante de nosotros por la carretera está causando el atasco.It seems that some mishap ahead of us on the highway is causing the traffic jam.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Nos surgió un contratiempo mientras nos preparábamos para salir.Something came up while we were getting ready to leave.
El festival de cine se desarrolló sin contratiempos.The film festival went off without a hitch.
2. (music)
a. offbeat
Esta canción es difícil de tocar a causa de los compases irregulares y los contratiempos.The irregular time signatures and the offbeats make this song hard to play.
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contratiempo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (accidente)
a. mishap
2. (dificultad)
a. setback
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contratiempo
1 (revés) setback; reverse; (accidente) mishap; accident
2 (Música)
a contratiempo offbeat
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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