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Translation of clavar in English:

verbo transitivo

  • 3 (River Plate area) [colloquial] (dejar plantado)
    to stand … up [colloquial]
  • 4 (Venezuela) [slang] (golpe) le clavaron sus buenos coñazos en la cara
    he got whacked in the face [colloquial]
  • 5 (Venezuela) [colloquial] (estudiante) lo clavaron en física
    he failed (in) physics
    he flunked physics [colloquial]

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 (Southern Cone) [colloquial] (con algo inservible)clavarse con algo
    to get stuck with something [colloquial]
    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 [colloquial]
    2.2 (River Plate area) [colloquial] (fastidiarse) 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 [colloquial]
  • 3 (Peru) [colloquial] (colarse) se clavó en la cola
    he jumped the line (American English)
    he jumped the queue (British English)
    siempre se clava en las fiestas
    he's always gatecrashing parties [colloquial]
  • 4 (Colombia) [slang] clavarse estudiando or a estudiar
    to study like crazy [colloquial]
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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