mala cara
mala cara
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (angry expression)
a. long face
La casa era un completo desastre. La mala cara de mis padres lo decía todo.The house was a shambles. My parents' long faces said it all.
b. sulk
¿A qué viene esa mala cara? ¿No te diviertes?Why the sulk? Aren't you having a good time?
c. grimace of disgust
Pablo puso mala cara, dio un portazo y se marchó.Pablo gave a grimace of disgust, slammed the door and left.
d. harsh face
El hombre tenía mala cara y muy malos modales. No inspiraba confianza.The man had a harsh face and very bad manners. He didn't inspire confidence.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Antonio puso mala cara cuando probó mi estofado. Entonces me di cuenta de que había echado azúcar en lugar de sal.Antonio grimaced when he tried my stew. Only then I realized that I had added sugar instead of salt.
Mi papá puso mala cara cuando oyó que me quedaba a dormir en casa de mi amigo.My dad pulled a face when he heard I was going to sleep over at my friend's house.
2. (sickly expression)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Creo que deberíamos llamar a una ambulancia. La señora tiene muy mala cara y apenas puede respirar.I think we should call an ambulance. The lady looks very sick and she can hardly breathe.
Tienes mala cara. ¿Estás bien?You don't look so good. Are you all right?
3. (negative appearance)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Este pescado tiene mala cara y, además, no huele bien.This fish looks bad, and it doesn't smell good either.
¡Guau, esos burritos no tienen mala cara!Wow, those burritos look delicious!
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