el resorte
-the spring
See the entry for resorte.

resorte

resorte(
rreh
-
sohr
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teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (coil)
a. spring
Mi colchón está muy viejo y se le están saliendo los resortes.My mattress is too old and the springs are starting to stick out.
2. (stretchy material)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. elastic
El resorte del pantalón es muy apretado para mi cintura.The elastic of these pants is too tight for my waist.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(mechanism)
a. means
La nueva ley ofrece los resortes necesarios para combatir la corrupción.The new law offers the necessary means to fight corruption.
b. influence
Tocó muy buenos resortes para obtener ese puesto para su primo.He used all his influence to get that job for his cousin.
4. (burden)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. concern
Ese caso es del resorte de otra oficina, no de esta.That case is the concern of a different office, not of this one.
b. responsibility
No te puedo ayudar porque este asunto no es de mi resorte.I cannot help you because this issue is not my responsibility.
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resorte
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (muelle)
a. spring
2. (medio)
a. means
tocar todos los resortesto pull out all the stops
3. (elástico)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. elastic
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resorte
1 (muelle) spring
2 (medio) means; expedient; (enchufe) contact; (influencia) influence
tocar resortes to pull strings; tocar todos los resortes to use all one's influence; pull all the strings one can
3 (Latinoamérica) (incumbencia) concern; (competencia) province
no es de mi resorte it's not my concern o province
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