la espalda roughly translates to the back. Showing results for espalda.
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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. (anatomy)
a. back
Me lastimé la espalda moviendo un mueble pesado.I hurt my back moving heavy furniture.
2. (sports)
a. backstroke
Mi vecino es campeón de espalda y de estilo libre.My neighbor is a backstroke and freestyle champion.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (del cuerpo)
a. back
caer de espaldato fall flat on one's back
cargado de espaldasround-shouldered
de espaldas a alguienwith one's back turned on somebody
lo vi de espaldasI saw him from behind
tumbarse de espaldasto lie (flat) on one's back
por la espaldafrom behind
dar la espalda a alguiento have one's back to somebody
2. (expresiones)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
cubrirse las espaldasto cover oneself
echarse algo sobre las espaldasto take something on
hablar de alguien a sus espaldasto talk about somebody behind their back
hacer algo a espaldas de alguiento do something behind somebody's back
tirar o tumbar de espaldasto be amazing o stunning
volver la espalda a alguiento turn one's back on somebody
3. (en natación)
a. backstroke
nadar a espaldato do the backstroke
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1 (Anatomía) back
de espaldas a algo with one's back to sth; de espaldas al sentido de la marcha facing backwards; with one's back to the engine
por la espalda
lo mataron por la espalda he was killed from behind; atar las manos a la espalda to tie sb's hands behind his back; caer de espaldas to fall on one's back; estar de espaldas to have one's back turned; volver la espalda to turn away; to turn tail; volver la espalda a algn to cold-shoulder sb; turn one's back on sb; volverse de espaldas to turn one's back
cubrirse las espaldas to cover o.s.; cover one's own back
dar la espalda a algo/algn to turn away from sth/sb; face away from sth/sb
echar algo sobre las espaldas to take sth on; take charge of sth
hacer algo a espaldas de algn to do sth behind sb's back
tener las espaldas cubiertas to make sure; be on the safe side
2 (Dep) backstroke
la prueba de 200 metros espaldas the 200 metres backstroke
3 (And) (destino) fate; destiny
espalda mojada (México) wetback
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