maco
Usage note
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in #1).
maco
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(detention center)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. prison
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El delincuente se volvió mucho más introvertido tras pasar por el maco.The criminal became much more withdrawn after spending time in prison.
b. nick
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Tras pasar varios años en el maco, Manuel volvió a meterse en líos.After spending several years in the nick, Manuel got into trouble again.
2. (animal)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
a. frog
Hemos descubierto una especie nueva de maco.We've discovered a new species of frog.
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maco
1 (cárcel) nick (familiar); prison
2 (Mil) glasshouse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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