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filo
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filo(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (weaponry)
a. cutting edge
El herrero aguzó el filo de la espada.The blacksmith sharpened the cutting edge of the sword.
b. blade
El filo del cuchillo está desafilado.The blade of the knife is dull.
c. edge
El pirata limpió la sangre del filo de su machete.The pirate cleaned off the blood on the edge of his machete.
2. (border)
a. edge
El paciente sufrió graves quemaduras y está al filo de la muerte.The patient suffered severe burns and is on the edge of death.
3. (biology)
a. phylum
La especie pertenece al mismo filo que los mamíferos.The species belongs to the same phylum as mammals.
4. (geography)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. ridge
No te acerques mucho al filo de la montaña o el viento te hará caer.Don't get too close to the mountain ridge or the wind will make you fall off.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hunger)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Tienes algo para comer en el refrigerador? Tengo filo.Do you have anything to eat in the fridge? I'm starving.
Tengo un filo enorme. ¿Podemos ir a cenar a casa de una buena vez?I'm so hungry. Can we go home already and have dinner?
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(partner) (River Plate)
a. boyfriend (masculine)
Anoche vi al filo de Ana a los besos con una rubia hermosa.Last night I saw Ana's boyfriend hooking up with a beautiful blonde.
b. girlfriend (feminine)
La fila de Roberto no lo deja bailar tango con otras mujeres.Roberto's girlfriend doesn't let him dance tango with other women.
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filo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (borde)
a. (cutting) edge
al filo dejust before
al filo de la medianocheat the stroke of midnight
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
de doble filo, de dos filosdouble-edged
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filo
1 [de navaja, espada] cutting edge; blade
[dar] o sacar (un) filo a algo
un arma de doble filo a double-edged sword
dar filo a algn (Caribe) to wound sb with a knife
herir a algn por los mismos filos to pay sb back in his own coin
pasar al filo de la espada to put to the sword
vivir en el filo de la navaja to live on a knife edge
2 (con horas)
al filo de las doce just before twelve o'clock; por filo (arcaico) exactly
3 (Náutica)
filo del viento direction of the wind
4 (Latinoamérica) (de montaña) ridge
5 (And)
de filo resolutely
6 (México) (hambre)
tener filo to be starving
7 (S. Cone) (cuento) tale; tall story
8 (S. Cone) (pretendiente) suitor; (novia) girlfriend; (cortejo) courtship
filo
(Biología) phylum
filo
con-man's accomplice (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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