Translation of ley in English:

ley

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  • 1 (disposición legal) law conforme a la ley or según disponen las leyes in accordance with the law promulgar/dictar una ley to promulgate/issue a law aprobar/derogar una ley to pass/repeal a law aplicar una ley to apply a law se acogió a la ley de ciudadanía he sought protection under the citizenship law violar la ley to break the law atenerse a la ley to abide by o obey the law es ley de vida it is a fact of life hacerle la ley del hielo a algn (Chi, Méx) to give sb the cold shoulder la ley de la selva or de la jungla the law of the jungle la ley del más fuerte the survival of the fittest la ley del mínimo esfuerzo the line of least resistance la ley del Talión an eye for an eye aplicar la ley del Talión to demand an eye for an eye morir en su ley (Andes) to die as one lived tenerle ley a algn (Chi) [familiar/colloquial] to have it in for sb [colloquial/familiar] hecha la ley hecha la trampa or quien hace la ley hace la trampa every law has its loophole ley pareja no es dura or rigurosa (CS) a rule isn't unfair if it applies to everyone

    Compounds

    ley de extranjería

    • (en Esp) immigration laws (pl)

    ley de fuga(s)

    • (Andes, Méx) aplicarle a algn la ley de fuga(s)the practice of allowing a prisoner to escape and then shooting him/her in the back

    ley de la ventaja

    • advantage rule

    ley del embudo

    • unfair law/rule

    ley orgánica

    ley seca

    ley tributaria

  • 4 (de oro, plata) assay value de buena ley genuine

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