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nail(
neyl
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (hardware)
a. el clavo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We need one inch nails for this project.Necesitamos clavos de una pulgada para este proyecto.
2. (anatomy)
a. la uña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I broke a nail, and it hurts a lot.Me rompí una uña y me duele mucho.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to affix with nails)
a. clavar
Nail this piece to that one and the table will be done.Clava esta pieza a esa, y la mesa estará terminada.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to catch)
a. agarrar
The police nailed the guys that robbed the jewelry store.La policía agarró a los tipos que robaron en la joyería.
b. pillar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The cops nailed him trying to buy drugs in an alley.La policía lo pilló intentando comprar drogas en un callejón.
5. (to expose)
a. poner al descubierto
He nailed you telling a lie. Now everyone knows.Puso al descubierto tu mentira. Ahora todo el mundo lo sabe.
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nail
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in carpentry)
a. el clavo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
it was another nail in his coffinera otro clavo más en su ataúd
3. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to hit the nail on the headdar en el clavo
4. (of finger, toe)
a. la uña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
nail filelima de uñas
nail scissorstijeras de manicura
nail varnish or polishlaca or esmalte de uñas
nail varnish removerquitaesmaltes m inv
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (general)
a. clavar
he nailed the lid shutfijó la tapa con clavos
6. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
he stood nailed to the spotse quedó clavado
7. (idioms)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(colloquial)
to nail somebody for a crimeemplumar or empapelar a alguien por un delito
8. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to nail a liedesterrar una falsedad
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nail [neɪl]
noun
1 (Anat) uña (f)
to bite one's nails morderse las uñas
2 (metal) clavo (m)
a nail in sb's coffin
this is another nail in his coffin este es otro paso hacia su destrucción
to hit the nail on the head dar en el clavo
to pay (cash) on the nail pagar en el acto; pagar a tocateja (informal); (Esp)
transitive verb
1 (fix with nails) clavar; sujetar con clavos
to nail two things together fijar or unir dos cosas con clavos
Jesus was nailed to the cross
2 (catch, get hold of) agarrar; pillar (informal)
3 (expose) [+lie] poner al descubierto; [+rumour] demostrar la falsedad de
4 (define) definir; precisar
modifier
nail bomb (n) bomba (f) de metralla
nail clippers (n) cortauñas (m)
nail enamel (US) (n) esmalte (m) de uñas
nail file (n) lima (f) (para las uñas)
nail polish (n) esmalte (m) de uñas
nail polish remover (n) quitaesmalte (m)
nail scissors (n) tijeras (f) para las uñas
nail varnish (n) esmalte (m) de uñas
nail varnish remover (n) quitaesmalte (m)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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