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Pronunciation: /ˈhɜːrdl; ˈhɜːdl/

Translation of hurdle in Spanish:


  • 1.1 [Sport/Deporte] (obstacle) obstáculo (masculine), valla (feminine) (before noun/delante del nombre) hurdle race carrera (feminine) de vallas see also hurdles
    Example sentences
    • The hoarding, the structure on which an ad is placed, is related to the hurdle over which athletes jump.
    • She jumped a series of hurdles for what seemed like the thousandth time, and then looked up at the wall in front of her.
    • She tore cartilage in her knee on August 6 as she did a routine jump over the hurdle during warm-up for her last pre-Olympic race in Zurich.
    Example sentences
    • If Holmes recovers she could also land a medal in the 1500m, while Trafford's Chris Rawlinson is among the fancied runners for the 400m hurdles on Thursday.
    • He won the English schools 200 yards hurdles and even raced for England.
    • He will be involved in a gruelling schedule of 60 metres hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot and 1,000 metres.
    Example sentences
    • Now with Sue Smith he has already improved to win a handicap hurdle at Wetherby.
    • ‘He's a six year old who won on the flat at the Curragh in June and he won a handicap hurdle for me at Cheltenham last November ’, says the handler.
    • The six-year-old proved that staying was his game at Wetherby in May when he won a handicap hurdle over almost three miles by a neck from the favourite Garnett.
    1.2 [Agric] valla (feminine) 1.3 (problem) obstáculo (masculine) to fall at the first hurdle (fail at outset) caer* a la primera (vuelta) [colloquial/familiar], no pasar la primera prueba (lit: in race) caer* en el primer obstáculo
    Example sentences
    • It was told with such passion and energy that it was difficult imagining a hurdle they could not overcome together.
    • Many believe nuclear-powered spacecraft can and should be built, but first many technical problems and other hurdles must be overcome.
    • This aside, the list of hurdles he must overcome is still formidable.

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