- 1 [Indum] sleeve un vestido sin mangas a sleeveless dress camisas de manga corta/larga short-sleeved/long-sleeved shirts manga tres cuartos three-quarter (length) sleeve en mangas de camisa in shirtsleeves estar manga por hombro [familiar/colloquial] [casa] to be upside-down o topsy-turvy o in a mess [colloquial/familiar] un país donde todo anda manga por hombro a country where everything is in a state of chaos sacarse algo de la manga, esa definición se la ha sacado de la manga he's just made that definition up (off the top of his head) se sacó una buena respuesta de la manga she came up with a good answer off the top of her head ser más corto que las mangas de un chaleco [familiar/colloquial], (burro) to be really dumb [colloquial/familiar], to be as thick as two short planks (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] (tímido) to be very shy tener (la) manga ancha to be easygoing tirarle la manga a algn (RPl) [familiar/colloquial] to ask sb for money, to touch sb for money [colloquial/familiar] cada vez que viene le tira la manga a la madre every time he comes he asks o touches his mother for money
- 2 2.1 [Coc] (filtro) strainer (para repostería) tb manga pastelera pastry bag 2.2 (para pescar) net
- 4 (manguera) hose
- 8 8.1 (AmL) (de langostas) swarm; (de aves) flock 8.2 (CS) [fam & pey], (grupo) bunch [colloquial/familiar]
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.