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pellejo
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pellejo(
peh
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hoh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (outer layer of body)
a. skin (of animal or human)
Más vale evitar comer el pellejo del pollo.It's better to avoid eating chicken skin.
b. hide (of animal)
El pellejo de los animales se utiliza para hacer ropa y calzado.Animal hide is used for making clothes and footwear.
2. (part of the skin)
a. piece of skin
Me arranqué un pellejo del dedo.I pulled a piece of skin off my finger.
b. hangnail (on fingernail)
No te muerdas los pellejos de las uñas; puedes provocar una infección.Don't bite your hangnails, you can cause an infection.
3. (outer covering)
a. skin (of a fruit or vegetable)
Prefiero comer el durazno sin pellejo.I prefer to eat the peach without its skin.
4. (leather container)
a. wineskin
Antiguamente se guardaba el vino en grandes pellejos.In the old days, wine was kept in big wineskins.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(life)
a. skin
Se salvó el pellejo sin ayudar a nadie más.He saved his own skin without helping anyone else.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(drunk man)
a. drunk
Nos topamos con un pellejo afuera del bar.We bumped into a drunk outside the bar.
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pellejo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial)
a. skin
estar/ponerse en el pellejo de otroto be/put oneself in someone else's shoes
salvar el pellejoto save one's skin
2. (padrastro)
a. hangnail
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pellejo
1 [de animal] skin; hide; [de persona] skin; [de uva] skin
no caber en el pellejo to be bursting with pride
estar en el pellejo de algn
no quisiera estar en su pellejo I wouldn't like to be in his shoes
ponerse en el pellejo de algn
ponte en su pellejo put yourself in her shoes
quitarle el pellejo a algn to flay sb; criticize sb harshly
no tener más que el pellejo to be all skin and bones
2 (vida) neck (familiar)
arriesgar el pellejo to risk one's neck (familiar); perder el pellejo to snuff it (familiar); salvar el pellejo to save one's skin o neck (familiar)
3 (odre) wineskin
4 (borracho) drunk
5 (mujeriego) rake; womanizer
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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