uña
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uña(
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nyah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. nail
Se pintaba las uñas con esmalte de color rosa.She painted her nails with pink nail polish.
b. fingernail (on the hand)
Es guitarrista, así que se deja crecer las uñas de la mano derecha.He's a guitarist, so he grows his fingernails on his right hand.
c. toenail (on the foot)
Ayer di con el pie en una piedra y me rompí la uña.I hit my foot on a stone yesterday and broke a toenail.
2. (animal anatomy)
a. hoof
El caballo tiene una uña infectada.The horse has an infected hoof.
b. claw
El oso le arañó la cara con sus uñas.The bear scratched his face with its claws.
c. stinger (of a scorpion)
Se dice que el veneno de la uña de ese escorpión puede matar.They say the venom from that scorpion's sting can kill you.
3. (anchor)
a. fluke
Como el lecho está bastante arenoso aquí, es mejor que usemos la uña.Since the bottom is pretty sandy here, I think we're better off using the fluke.
4. (music)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. plectrum
No sé si voy a tocar esta canción con los dedos o con la uña.I don't know if I'm going to play this song with my fingers or with the plectrum.
5. (tool)
a. crowbar
Los ladrones forzaron la puerta de atrás con una uña.The burglars broke into the back door with a crowbar.
b. claw (of a hammer)
Antes de poner las tablillas nuevas, tenemos que arrancar todos los clavos con la uña del martillo para quitar las viejas.Before putting on the new shingles, we have to pull out all the nails with the claw of the hammer to remove the old ones.
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uña
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de mano)
a. fingernail, nail
hacerse las uñasto do one's nails
comerse o morderse las uñasto bite one's nails
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
con uñas y dientesdoggedly
3. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ser uña y carneto be as thick as thieves
4. (de pie)
a. toenail
5. (garra)
a. claw
enseñar o sacar las uñasto get one's claws out
6. (casco)
a. hoof
7. (para instrumento musical)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. plectrum
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uña
1 (Anatomía) [de la mano] nail; fingernail; [del pie] toenail; (Zoología) claw
comerse las uñas to bite one's nails; to get very impatient; (Latinoamérica) (ser pobre) to be really poor; hacerse las uñas to have one's nails done; do one's nails
tener las uñas afiladas to be light-fingered
caer en las uñas de algn
ser uña y carne to be inseparable
estar de uñas con algn to be at daggers drawn with sb
defender algo con uñas y dientes to defend sth tooth and nail
dejarse las uñas
se dejó las uñas en ese trabajo he wore his fingers to the bone at that job
enseñar las uñas to show one's claws
tener las uñas largas to be light-fingered
ser [largo] de uñas
mostrar o sacar las uñas to show one's claws
uña encarnada ingrowing toenail
2 (pezuña) hoof
uña de caballo (Botánica) coltsfoot
escapar a uña de caballo to ride off at full speed
uña de vaca (Culin) cow heel
3 [del alacrán] sting
4 (Técnica) claw; nail puller; (EEUU)
5 [de ancla] fluke
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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