- 1 [Constr] clavo (masculine); (smaller) puntilla (feminine) a nail in sb's coffin this failure is another nail in his coffin este fracaso es otro paso camino a su derrota each cigarette you smoke is another nail in your coffin con cada cigarrillo que fumas te vas cavando tu propia fosa to be as hard as nails ser* muy duro (de corazón) to hit the nail on the head dar* en el clavo to pay on the nail [colloquial/familiar] pagar* en el acto they paid cash on the nail pagaron a toca teja (Spain/España) or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) pagaron taca taca or (Chile) (Venezuela) chinchin or (Mexico/México) en caliente (y de repente) [colloquial/familiar]Más ejemplos en oraciones
- I also need a hammer and nails, picture hooks and the step ladder.
- My grandad was an engineer by trade and we had loads of tools and boxes of nails, screws, hooks and no end of other fixings.
- Bolts, nails and other metal scrap are dangerously strewn about on the bridges posing threat not only to the pedestrians but to the vehicles as well.
- 2 [Anatomy/Anatomía] uña (feminine) to cut one's nails cortarse las uñas she bites her nails se come las uñas (before noun/delante del nombre) nail polish o (American English/inglés norteamericano) enamel o (British English/inglés británico) varnish esmalte (masculine) de uñas nail polish o (American English/inglés norteamericano) enamel o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) varnish remover quitaesmalte (masculine)Más ejemplos en oraciones
- Longitudinal striations are accentuated ridges in the nail surface that can occur as a normal part of the aging process.
- The dorsal fold that lies on the surface of the nail is the eponychium, or cuticle.
- Some of those patients had toenails so thick that they had outgrown the average nail clipper long ago.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 (fix) clavar sheer panic nailed him to the spot se quedó clavado en el sitio de puro pánico
- 2 [colloquial/familiar] 2.1 (apprehend) agarrar or (Spain/España) coger*, trincar* (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] 2.2 (obtain, secure) conseguir*, hacerse* con [colloquial/familiar] you nailed it! ¡le acertaste! 2.3 (expose) [lie] poner* al descubierto 2.4 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Sport/Deporte] derrotar; (in league) eliminar
Verbos con partícula
nail downverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 [lid/floorboard] clavar, asegurar con clavos 1.2 [cause] establecer* con certeza; [agreement] concretar 1.3 [person] see if you can nail him down on this issue a ver si logras que te dé una respuesta concreta sobre este asuntoto nail sb down
nail upverb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 [crate] cerrar* con clavos; [door/window] condenar ([ cerrando con tablas ]) 1.2 [picture/sign] clavar
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...
Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.