Translation of lío in English:

lío

nombre masculino/masculine noun

  • 1 1.1 [familiar/colloquial] (embrollo, confusión) mess ¡qué lío! ¡esto no hay quién lo entienda! what a mess! this is totally incomprehensible se hizo un lío con las cuentas she got into a mess o a muddle o she got confused with the accounts [familiar/colloquial] 1.2 [familiar/colloquial] (problema, complicación) tiene líos con la policía he is in trouble with the police [familiar/colloquial] no me vengas con tus líos don't come to me with your problems ¡qué lío se va a armar! there's going to be hell to pay! [familiar/colloquial], the shit is really going to hit the fan [argot/slang] armó un lío tremendo porque le sirvieron la sopa fría he created o/or kicked up a real fuss because his soup was cold [familiar/colloquial] si no obedeces te vas a meter en un buen lío if you don't do as you're told, you're going to get into a lot of trouble o/or to land yourself in serious trouble no vengas aquí buscando líos don't come here looking for trouble [familiar/colloquial] 1.3 [familiar/colloquial] (amorío) affair tuvo un lío con una periodista famosa he had an affair o/or [familiar/colloquial] a fling with a famous journalist

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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.