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Translation of clavar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 3
    (Río de la Plata) [familiar] (dejar plantado)
    to stand … up
  • 4 (Venezuela) [argot] (golpe) le clavaron sus buenos coñazos en la cara
    he got whacked in the face
  • 5 (Venezuela) [familiar] (estudiante) lo clavaron en física
    he failed (in) physics
    he flunked physics

also: clavarse verbo pronominal

  • 1 1.1 (aguja/espina)me clavé la aguja
    I stuck the needle into my finger ( o thumb etc)
    me clavé el destornillador en la mano
    I stuck the screwdriver in my hand
    se clavó una astilla en el dedo
    1.2 (reflexivo) (cuchillo/puñal)se clavó el puñal en el pecho
    he drove o plunged the dagger into his chest
  • 2 2.1 (Cono Sur) [familiar] (con algo inservible)clavarse con algo
    to get stuck with something
    me clavé con las entradas
    I got stuck with the tickets
    se clavó con el auto que compró
    the car turned out to be a bad buy o a real lemon
    2.2 (Río de la Plata) [familiar] (fastidiarse) See examples: me tuve que clavar toda la tarde allí porque el cerrajero no vino
    I was stuck there all afternoon because the locksmith didn't come
  • 3 (Perú) [familiar] (colarse) See examples: se clavó en la cola
    he jumped the line
    (inglés norteamericano)
    he jumped the queue
    (inglés británico)
    siempre se clava en las fiestas
    he's always gatecrashing parties
  • 4 (Colombia) [argot] clavarse estudiando or a estudiar
    to study like crazy
Example sentences
  • Francamente que paguen y que les claven más.
  • Luego volvió a clavar la estaca verticalmente en el mismo lugar.
  • Sentí que me clavaba en la cruz.

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