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espalda

Translation of espalda in English:

sustantivo femenino

espalda mojada
  • 1 (Anatomía) es muy ancho de espaldas
    he is very broad-shouldered
    he has very broad shoulders
    perdona, te estoy dando la espalda me duele la espalda
    my back aches
    cargado de espaldas estaba sentado de espaldas a nosotros
    he was sitting with his back to us
    vuélvete de espaldas
    turn around o (inglés británico) round
    nadar de espalda(s)
    to swim backstroke
    to do the backstroke
    los 100 metros espalda
    the 100 meters backstroke
    tumbarse or tenderse de espaldas en el suelo
    to lie on one's back on the floor
    caminaba con el sol a sus espaldas
    he was walking with the sun behind him
    tiene muchos años de experiencia a sus espaldas
    she has many years of experience behind her
    lo atacaron por la espalda
    he was attacked from behind
    caerse or (Chile) irse de espaldas (literal)
    to fall flat on one's back
    (de sorpresa) See examples: por poco me caigo de espaldas
    I nearly died of shock o fainted
    [familiar]
    you could have knocked me down with a feather
    [familiar]
    cubrirse las espaldas
    to cover one's back
    take precautions
    echarse algo a la espalda (literal)
    to sling something on one's back
    [familiar] (responsabilidad/trabajo)
    (problemas/pesares) [familiar]
    to cast … aside
    put … to one side
    hacer algo a espaldas de alguien
    to do something behind somebody's back
    se ríen de ella a sus espaldas
    they laugh at her behind her back
    romperse la espalda
    to break one's back
    tener buena espalda (Colombia)
    to bring good luck
    tener cubiertas or guardadas las espaldas
    to have one's back covered
    be secure o protected
    volverle la espalda a alguien
    to turn one's back on somebody

    Compounds

    espalda mojada

    sustantivo masculino y femenino

Cultural Note: espalda mojada

The name in Mexico for people who try to enter the US illegally by crossing the Rio Grande that separates Mexico from the USA.In Spain the term refers to illegal immigrants from Morocco who cross the Straits of Gibraltar to enter Spain. In both countries espaldas mojadas are a source of cheap unskilled labor. See also patera
Example sentences
  • Se trata de que son los mismos ... por eso se cuidan las espaldas.
  • Camina a paso lento porque le duele la espalda.
  • Un código punitivo, una vez más de espaldas a la realidad.

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