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astilla
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astilla(
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (fragment)
a. chip
Cuando golpeó el armario con el hacha, saltaron astillas en todas direcciones.When he hit the closet with the ax, chips went flying in all directions.
b. splinter (of wood)
Iba caminando descalzo y me clavé una astilla en el pie.I was walking barefoot and a splinter got stuck in my foot.
c. woodchip (of wood)
El árbol cayó sobre la cabaña, que explotó en un millón de astillas.The tree fell over the hut, which exploded in a rain of woodchips.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(pay-off)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. bribe
Tenemos una grabación en la que apareces dándole una astilla a un policía.We have a tape of you giving a bribe to a police officer.
b. sweetener
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Alice le dio una astilla al detective para que no inspeccionara su casa.Alice gave the detective a sweetener so he wouldn't search her house.
astillas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (small sticks for fires)
a. kindling
Tengo cerillas, así que podemos hacer un fuego si encontramos astillas.I have matches, so we can start a fire if we find kindling.
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astilla
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. splinter
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
hacer astillasto smash to smithereens
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astilla
1 (fragmento) splinter; chip;astillas (para fuego) kindling
singular
; (s)
hacer algo astillas to smash sth into little o tiny pieces; hacerse astillas to shatter into little o tiny pieces
2 (España) (soborno) small bribe; sweetener (familiar)
dar astilla a algn to give sb a cut (familiar); ese tío no da astilla he's a tight-fisted so-and-so (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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