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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. (for hanging clothes)
a. clothespin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Colgué la ropa lavada con pinzas de madera.I hung the washed clothes with wooden clothespins.
b. clothes peg (United Kingdom)
Las sábanas se cayeron del tendedero porque no usaste pinzas.The sheets fell from the clothesline because you didn't use clothes pegs.
2. (for fastening hair)
a. bobby pin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Hazte una cola de caballo y sujétala con una pinza.Tie your hair into a ponytail and secure it with a bobby pin.
b. hairgrip (United Kingdom)
El viento me pone el cabello en la cara. ¿Tienes una pinza?The wind is blowing my hair onto my face. Do you have a hairgrip?
3. (animal anatomy)
a. pincer
El cangrejo se defendió con sus pinzas.The crab defended itself with its pincers.
b. claw
El escorpión atrapó un grillo con sus pinzas.The scorpion caught a cricket with its claws.
4. (sewing)
a. dart
Tienes que aprender a coser pinzas para que la ropa que haces te quede mejor.You have to learn how to sew darts so the clothes you make fit better.
b. pleat
Este par de pantalones no tiene pinzas en la cintura.This pair of pants doesn't have pleats at the waistline.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (for plucking out hair)
a. tweezers
Me saqué el vello del entrecejo con las pinzas.I plucked the hair between my eyebrows with tweezers.
6. (tool)
a. pliers
El carpintero quitó la llave rota de la cerradura con las pinzas.The carpenter removed the broken key from the lock with pliers.
7. (culinary)
a. tongs
Con unas pinzas, voltea el pollo en el aceite caliente.Use tongs to turn over the chicken in the hot oil.
8. (medicine)
a. forceps
El cirujano quitó el tumor con las pinzas.The surgeon removed the tumor with forceps.
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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. (de tender ropa)
a. peg
b. clothes pin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
2. (para el pelo)
a. hairgrip (United Kingdom)
b. bobby pin
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
3. (fam fig)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
coger algo con pinzasto handle something with great care
4. (de animal)
a. pincer, claw
5. (en ropa; cosida)
a. dart
6. (en pantalones)
a. pleat
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1 [de ropa] clothes peg; clothespin; (EEUU)
pinza de pelo hairgrip
2 pinzas (de depilar) tweezers; (para hielo, azúcar) tongs; (Med) forceps
había que cogerlo con pinzas I had to take it very carefully
no se lo sacan ni con pinzas wild horses won't drag it out of him
3 (Cos) pleat
pantalones de pinzas trousers with waist pleats; pleated trousers
4 [de cangrejo, langosta] pincer; claw
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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