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humo

Translation of humo in English:

nombre masculino/masculine noun

  • 1 (de tabaco, de un incendio) smoke; (gases) fumes (plural) empezó a echar humo smoke started pouring out of it hacerse humo (América Latina/Latin America) [familiar/colloquial] to make oneself scarce [familiar/colloquial] a la hora de pagar siempre se hace humo when it's time to pay the bill he always makes himself scarce o/or does a vanishing trick [familiar/colloquial] irse/venirse al humo (Río de la Plata/River Plate area) [familiar/colloquial], llegó con las tortas y los chicos se fueron al humo she arrived with the cakes and the kids gathered round like bees around a honey pot [familiar/colloquial] llegar al humo de las velas (Argentina) to arrive just as everyone is leaving donde hay humo hay fuego there's no smoke without fire echar humo por las orejas [familiar/colloquial] to be fuming [familiar/colloquial]
  • 2
    (humos masculino plural)
    (aires) ¡vaya humos que tiene! she really puts on o/or gives herself airs [familiar/colloquial], she really thinks she's the bees knees o/or the cat's whiskers [familiar/colloquial] bajarle los humos a algn to take sb down a peg or two subírsele los humos a la cabeza a algn, se le han subido los humos a la cabeza he's become very high and mighty o/or very stuck-up [familiar/colloquial]

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