Translation of ahí in English:



  • 1 1.1 (en el espacio) there ¿qué tienes ahí? what have you got there? ¿y Juan? — ahí está/viene where's Juan? — there he is/here he comes now ahí arriba/abajo up/down there ¡bájate de ahí! get down from there! no, ahí no, allí no, not there, (over) there está ahí nomás or no más, a la vuelta (América Latina/Latin America) it's only just around the corner lo dejé ahí mismo or (México/Mexico) ahí mero I left it right o/or just there para egoísta ahí tienes a tu primo if we're talking about selfishness you need look no further than your cousin 1.2 (en locuciones/in phrases) por ahí somewhere he debido dejarlo por ahí I must have left it somewhere siempre anda por ahí she's always out somewhere por ahí hay quien dice que … there are those who say that … debe estar como a 2 euros — sí, por ahí anda it must be about 2 euros — yes, that's about right o/or yes, round about that tendrá unos 35 años o por ahí he must be 35 or so, he must be around 35 por ahí se le da por venir (Río de la Plata/River Plate area) he may decide to come ahí sí que (América Latina/Latin America) , ahí sí que me cogiste or (Río de la Plata/River Plate area) agarraste or (Chile) pillaste you've really got me there! [familiar/colloquial] ahí me/se las den todas [familiar/colloquial] I/he couldn't care less o/or couldn't give a damn [familiar/colloquial] no estar ni ahí (Chile) [familiar/colloquial], no estoy ni ahí (no me importa) I couldn't care less [familiar/colloquial] (no me interesa) it leaves me cold [familiar/colloquial] nada1 1
  • 2 2.1 (refiriéndose a un lugar figurado) ahí está el truco that's the secret, that's where the secret lies de ahí a la drogadicción solo hay un paso from there it's just a short step to becoming a drug addict de ahí a decir que es excelente hay un buen trecho there's a big difference between that and saying it's excellent hasta ahí llego yo (al resolver un problema) I worked that much out myself (al negarse a hacer algo) that's as far as I'm prepared to go hasta por ahí no más (Cono Sur/Southern Cone) , mi paciencia llega hasta por ahí no más there's a limit to my patience, my patience only goes so far es generoso hasta por ahí no más he's only generous up to a point 2.2de ahí hence de ahí la importancia de esta reunión hence the importance of this meeting de ahí que (+ subjuntivo/+ subjunctive) that is why de ahí que haya perdido popularidad that is why her popularity has declined
  • 4 (América Latina/Latin America) (más o menos) ¿cómo sigue tu abuelo? — ahí anda how's your grandfather getting on? — oh, so-so

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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.