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
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Central America and Mexico, the word 'botana' means a small portion of food, olives, peanuts etc, usually served with a drink at parties, bars, or social occasions.