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lío
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lío(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(confusion)
a. mess
¡Qué lío de calles! Es facilísimo perderse.What a mess of streets! It's so easy to get lost.
b. muddle
Me he hecho un lío con las llaves y ahora no sé cuál es cuál.I've got into a muddle with the keys and now I don't now which is which.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(scene)
a. fuss
Armó un lío enorme por una tontería.He made a big fuss about something totally unimportant.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(disorder)
a. mess
Tengo la mesa de la oficina hecha un lío de papeles y carpetas.My desk at the office is a mess of papers and folders.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(problem)
a. trouble
Si llegamos tarde, nos metemos en un lío.We'll get in trouble if we arrive late.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(dodgy deal)
a. business
Estuvo metido en un lío de drogas.He was involved in some business to do with drugs.
b. funny business
Yo quiero una vida tranquila. Estoy harta de tus líos.I want a quiet life. I'm fed up with your funny business.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(romantic relationship)
a. affair
Se rumorea que está teniendo un lío con su jefe.She is rumored to be having an affair with her boss.
7. (bunch)
a. bundle
Las lavanderas iban camino del río, con sus líos de ropa en la cabeza.The washerwomen walked towards the river, with their bundles of clothes on their heads.
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lío
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial)
a. mess
esto de la declaración de hacienda es un líofilling in your tax return is a real pain o
hacerse un líoto get muddled up
estoy hecho un lío, no sé qué hacerI'm all confused, I don't know what to do
meterse en líosto get into trouble
2. (colloquial)
a. racket, row
armar un líoto kick up a fuss
3. (colloquial)
a. affair
tiene un lío con alguien del trabajohe's having an affair with someone from work
tener un lío de faldasto be having an affair
4. (paquete)
a. bundle
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lío
1 (fardo) bundle; (S. Cone) truss
2 (jaleo) fuss; (confusión) muddle; mix-up
ese lío de los pasaportes that fuss about the passports; en mi mesa hay un lío enorme de papeles my desk is in a real muddle with all these bits of paper
armar un lío to make a fuss; kick up a fuss
armarse un lío
se armó un lío tremendo there was a terrific fuss
hacerse un lío to get into a muddle; get mixed up
se hizo un lío con tantos nombres he got into a muddle with all the names
3 (aprieto)
meterse en un lío to get into trouble
si sigues así te vas a meter en un lío
4 (amorío) affair
tener un lío con algn to be having an affair with sb
lío de faldas affair
5 (cotilleo) tale; piece of gossip
¡no me vengas con líos! less of your tales!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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