Translation of piece in Spanish:

piece

Pronunciation: /piːs/

n

  • 1 1.1 (part of sth broken, torn, cut, divided) pedazo (m), trozo (m) a piece of bread un pedazo or un trozo de pan she ripped the letter into pieces rompió la carta en pedacitos, hizo trizas la carta a piece of land un terreno, una parcela to come o fall to pieces hacerse* pedazos she smashed the vase to pieces hizo añicos el jarrón he was blown to pieces by a mine una mina lo voló en pedazos the toy lay in pieces on the floor el juguete estaba en el suelo, hecho pedazos her life in pieces, she made up her mind to … con la vida deshecha or en ruinas, decidió … in one piece they got back in one piece volvieron sanos y salvos I dropped it, but it's still in one piece se me cayó, pero está intacto to be a piece of cake [colloquial/familiar] ser* pan comido or (RPl tb) un bollo [familiar/colloquial] to go to pieces (be very upset) quedar deshecho or destrozado (break down) perder* el control he went to pieces after his wife left him quedó deshecho or destrozado cuando la mujer lo dejó to pick up the pieces he gets himself into trouble and expects me to pick up the pieces se mete en líos y después pretende que yo le saque las castañas del fuego he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life está tratando de rehacer su vida to pull sth/sb to pieces destrozar* algo/a algn he pulled her essay to pieces le destrozó el trabajo, le criticó duramente el trabajo 1.2 (component) pieza (f), parte (f) he's taken the clock to pieces ha desarmado or desmontado el reloj it comes to pieces es desmontable we took the novel to pieces analizamos la novela parte por parte a three-piece suit un traje de tres piezas, un terno the pieces are starting to fall into place las cosas se están empezando a aclarar
  • 2 (item) a piece of advice un consejo 500 pieces of artillery 500 piezas de artillería a piece of chewing gum un chicle a piece of clothing una prenda (de ropa) a piece of fruit una fruta, una pieza de fruta a piece of furniture un mueble a piece of jewelry una alhaja an absurd piece of legislation una norma ( or disposición etc) absurda that was a piece of luck! ¡qué suerte! how many pieces of luggage do they have? ¿cuántos bultos llevan? a piece of news una noticia a piece of paper un papel an excellent piece of work un trabajo excelente we sell the cutlery by the piece (BrE) vendemos los cubiertos sueltos or por piezas of a piece they are all of a piece están todos cortados por el mismo patrón to be a nasty piece of work [colloquial/familiar] ser* una basura or [familiar/colloquial] una porquería to give sb a piece of one's mind cantarle las cuarenta or decirle* cuatro verdades a algn
  • 7 (distance) (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] a piece un trecho that's a fair piece from here queda a un buen trecho de aquí, de aquí es un tirón (RPl) [familiar/colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

piece together

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 [events/facts] reconstruir* 1.2 [alibi] idear; [argument] estructurar

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