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tranca
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tranca(
trahn
-
kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (barrette)
a. bar
El guardia levantó la tranca y abrió el portón de madera.The guard lifted the bar and opened the wooden gate.
2. (weaponry)
a. cudgel
El soldado le pegó al hombre en la cabeza con una tranca y lo desmayó.The soldier hit the man on the head with a cudgel and knocked him out.
b. club
Los aldeanos no podían tener armas, por lo que su única arma era una tranca.Villagers weren't allowed to bear arms, so their only weapon was a club.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(drunkenness)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. bender
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me desperté y todavía seguía la tranca. Sentía que estaba borracho.I woke up and the bender hadn't faded. I felt that I was still drunk.
4. (transport)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. traffic jam
Voy a llegar tarde. Estoy en un taxi, atascado en una tranca.I'm going to be late. I'm in a taxi, stuck in a traffic jam.
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tranca
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de puerta)
a. bar
poner una tranca en la puertato bar the door
2. (arma)
a. cudgel, stick
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
coger una trancato get plastered
4. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a trancas y barrancaswith great difficulty
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tranca
1 [de puerta, ventana] bar
a trancas y barrancas with great difficulty; overcoming many obstacles
2 (garrote) cudgel; club
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (borrachera)
tener una tranca to be drunk
4 trancas (México) (piernas) legs
saltar las trancas (México) (rebelarse) to rebel; (perder la paciencia) to lose one's patience
5 (S. Cone) [de escopeta] safety catch
6 (Caribe) dollar; peso
7 (Caribe) (Automóviles) traffic jam
8 (S. Cone) (complejo) complex; neurosis
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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