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palanca
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palanca(
pah
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lahng
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kah
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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. (mechanics)
a. lever
Los niños usaron una palanca para levantar el objeto pesado.The boys used a lever to lift the heavy object.
b. crowbar
Rompieron la cerradura de la puerta con una palanca.A crowbar was used to break the door lock.
2. (favor)
a. influence
Sugirió que su palanca con el gobierno le había significado ciertos privilegios.He suggested that his influence with the government had given him certain privileges.
b. leverage
Luis tiene palanca para influir en las negociaciones.Luis has leverage to influence the negotiations.
3. (influential person)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. contact
¿Tienes alguna palanca en admisiones en la universidad?Do you have any contacts in admissions at the university?
4. (sports)
a. diving board
Ana se tiró de la palanca más alta.Ana dove from the highest diving board.
b. springboard
En la alberca del club hay una palanca para que los niños se avienten.At the club's pool, there's a springboard for the kids to dive from.
5. (with great height)
Regionalism used in El Salvador
(El Salvador)
Regionalism used in Honduras
(Honduras)
a. tall
Marco es una palanca. Mide casi dos metros.Marco is really tall. He's almost two meters high.
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palanca
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (barra, mando)
a. lever
2. (automotive)
a.
palanca de mandojoystick
3. (trampolín)
a. diving board
4. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a.
tener palancato have friends in high places
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palanca
1 (barra) lever
palanca de arranque kick-starter
palanca de cambio gear lever; gearshift; (EEUU)
palanca de freno brake lever
palanca de mando joystick
2 (influencia) pull; influence
mover palancas to pull strings; tener palanca to have pull; know people in the right places
palancas del poder levers of power
3 (And) (México) [de barca] punting pole
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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