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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. (ability)
a. skill
Para la pesca se necesitan sobre todo paciencia y mucha maña.Fishing requires above all patience and a lot of skill.
b. knack
Aunque se esfuerza, no tiene mucha maña para la cocina.Although she tries hard, she doesn't have a real knack for cooking.
c. dab hand
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Pídele a Juan que arregle la silla. Se da buena maña para esas cosas.Ask Juan to fix the chair. He does have a dab hand at such things.
2. (technique)
a. trick
Abrir esa puerta tiene su maña; no la fuerces.There is a trick to opening that door; don't force it.
3. (quirk)
a. bad habit
Mi hija tiene la maña de comerse las uñas.My daughter has the bad habit of biting her nails.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (craftiness)
a. cunning
No te preocupes, usaré todas mis mañas para intentar convencerlo.Don't worry. I'll use all my cunning to try to convince him.
b. guile
Se valió de todas sus mañas para ganarse su confianza, y luego lo traicionó.She used all her guile to win his trust, and then she betrayed him.
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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. (destreza)
a. skill
2. (prov)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
más vale maña que fuerzabrain is better than brawn
3. (astucia)
a. wits, guile
darse maña para hacer algoto contrive to do something
4. (engaño)
a. ruse, trick
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1 (habilidad) skill
tiene mucha maña para hacer arreglos caseros he's a dab hand at mending things around the house
tiene o se da maña para hacerlo
2 (ardid) trick
con maña craftily; slyly; malas mañas (gen) bad habits; [de niño] naughty ways
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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