The word mecateaban is the imperfect form of mecatear in the third person plural.
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mecatear

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mecatear
transitive verb
1 (Centroamérica) (México) (atar) to tie up; (azotar) to lash; whip
2 (Latinoamérica) (dar coba a) to suck up to (familiar)
pronominal verb
mecatearse (México)
mecatearse mecateárselas to beat it (familiar); leg it (familiar)
mecatear
intransitive verb
(And) to eat cakes
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