en cana

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en cana(
ehn
 
kah
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nah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(in prison)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. in the slammer
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Fue declarado culpable del asesinado y pasó veinte años en cana.He was convicted of the murder and spent twenty years in the slammer.
b. in the nick
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(United Kingdom)
Nunca habla de su padre. ¿Murió? - No, está en cana por blanqueo de capital.She never talks about her father. Did he die? - No, he's in the nick for money laundering.
c. inside
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Estuvo dos años en cana, pero luego se regeneró y ahora tiene un trabajo.He was inside for two years, but then he mended his ways and has a job now.
d. in jail
Los metieron en cana solo por sus ideas políticas.They put them in jail just for their political ideas.
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