tallar

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tallar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to fashion)
a. to carve (wood, stone)
Mi abuelo me enseñó a tallar estatuillas en madera.My grandfather taught me how to carve wood figurines.
Los escultores tallaron unas palabras en latín en el monumento.The sculptors carved some words in latin on the monument.
b. to sculpt (stone, metal)
Dos jinetes, tallados en bronce, flanquearon los soldados en la puerta.Two horsemen, sculpted in bronze, flanked the soldiers at the gate.
c. to cut (gemstone)
Aprendió a tallar diamantes en el taller de su padre.He learned to cut diamonds in his father's workshop.
2. (to determine the height of)
a. to measure
Había que pesar y tallar cada nuevo prisionero.All new prisoners had to be weighed and have their height measured.
3. (to massage)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to rub
Al tallar los hombros, la masajista se dio cuenta qué tan tenso estaba.As she rubbed his shoulders, the masseuse realized how tense he was.
4. (to scour)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to scrub
Estaba arrodillado tallando el piso de la cocina después de la fiesta.He was on his knees scrubbing the kitchen floor after the party.
tallarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to massage oneself)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to rub oneself
Salió del baño tallándose con una toalla.She came out of the bathroom rubbing herself with a towel.
6. (to rub oneself hard)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to scrub oneself
Por más que me tallé, no salió la pintura.No matter how hard I scrubbed myself, the paint wouldn't come off.
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tallar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (esculpir; madera, piedra)
a. to carve
2. (piedra preciosa)
a. to cut
3. (medir)
a. to measure (the height of)
4. (limpiar)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to scrub
5. (masajear)
a. to rub
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tallar
transitive verb
1 [+madera] to carve; work; [+piedra] to sculpt; [+diamante] to cut; [+metal] to engrave
2 [+persona] to measure (the height of)
3 (Naipes) to deal
intransitive verb
(Naipes) to deal; be banker
pronominal verb
tallarse (México) (frotarse) to rub o.s.; (para limpiarse) to scrub o.s.
se ve que tiene sueño porque se talla sus ojos (los mexicanos tienden a usar el posesivo con partes del cuerpo) tállese la parte afectada con esta crema
tallar
transitive verb
1 (And) (fastidiar) to bother; annoy
2 (And) (azotar) to beat
intransitive verb
(S. Cone) (chismear) to gossip; [+amantes] to whisper sweet nothings;
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