más bien

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más bien(
mahs
 
byehn
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to rectify or explain)
a. rather
Su novio es rubio, alto y más bien delgado.Her boyfriend is blond, tall, and rather thin.
b. more like
No es un avión. Más bien es una nave espacial.It's not an airplane. It's more like a spacecraft.
c. actually
No me decepcionó la obra. Más bien me gustó, y mucho.I wasn't disappointed by the play. Actually, I quite liked it.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No soy médico, más bien terapeuta.I'm not so much a doctor as a therapist.
No estoy enojado, más bien aburrido.I'm not so much angry as bored.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used to emphasize)
a. so well
Tienen que oír a su hermanita pequeña. ¡Canta más bien!You should listen to his little sister. She sings so well!
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