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señal de alto

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señal de alto(
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (traffic sign)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. stop sign
La furgoneta ignoró la señal de alto y chocó contra un camión que pasaba en ese momento.The van ignored the stop sign and collided with a truck that was passing by at that moment.
2. (hand signal)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El policía le hizo la señal de alto a la conductora del carro, pero ella no paró.The policeman signaled to the driver of the car for her to stop, but she didn't.
El guardaespaldas de la cantante nos hizo la señal de alto cuando nos acercamos a ella para pedirle un autógrafo.The singer's bodyguard gestured for us to stop when we approach her to ask her for an autograph.
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