el matarife, la matarife
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (occupation)
a. slaughterman (masculine)
Los matarifes trabajaban en el fondo de la carnicería.The slaughtermen worked at the back of the butcher's shop.
b. slaughterer
El matarife descuartizó el animal con rapidez.The slaughterer quickly chopped the animal up.
c. butcher
El matarife afilaba las cuchillas antes de empezar a trabajar.The butcher was sharpening his knives before starting work.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(heavy)
a. thug
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El capo envió a sus matarifes para amenazar al comerciante que no quería pagarle.The boss sent his thugs around to threaten the storekeeper who didn't want to pay him.
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matarife
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. butcher, (cattle) slaughterer
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matarife
1 [de animales] slaughterman; butcher
matarife de caballos knacker
2 (matón) thug
Se llaman padres de la patria, o sus comadrones, y no son más que matarifes sus idolos son matones y matarifes y puedan acceder libremente al degradante espectaculo del cuerpo humano desnudo
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