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mar

Translation of mar in English:

masculine noun

(sometimes f in literary language and in set idiomatic expressions)
  • 1 (Geography) la vida en el mar
    life at sea
    a orillas del mar
    by the sea
    el mar estaba como un plato or una balsa
    the sea was like a millpond
    el mar está picado or rizado
    the sea is choppy
    el mar estaba agitado or revuelto
    the sea was rough
    el galeón surcaba los mares [literary]
    the galleon plied the seas [literary]
    el fondo del mar
    the seabed
    the bottom of the sea
    mar abierto
    open sea
    la corriente llevó la barca mar adentro
    the boat was swept out to sea by the current
    la tormenta los sorprendió mar adentro
    they were caught out at sea by the storm
    hacerse a la mar [literary]
    to set sail
    por mar
    by sea
    a mares [colloquial], llovió a mares
    it poured with rain
    it bucketed down (British) [colloquial]
    it rained cats and dogs
    sudaba a mares
    he was sweating streams
    he was streaming or pouring with sweat
    arar en el mar
    to flog a dead horse
    la mar en coche (Río de la Plata) [colloquial], una cena con champán, el mejor caviar y la mar en coche
    a meal complete with champagne, the finest caviar, the works or the whole shebang or the whole caboodle [colloquial]
    me cago [vulgar] or [euphemistic] me cachis en la mar
    shit! [vulgar]
    shoot! (US) [euphemistic]
    sugar! (British) [euphemistic]
    surcar los siete mares
    to sail the seven seas
    quien no se arriesga no pasa la mar
    nothing ventured, nothing gained
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  • 2 (costa) el mar
    the coast
    ¿prefieres ir al mar o a la montaña?
    would you prefer to go to the coast or to the seaside or to the mountains?
  • 3 3.1 (indicando abundancia, profusión) un mar de …, está sumido en un mar de dudas
    he's plagued by or beset with doubts
    tiene un mar de problemas
    he has no end of problems
    estaba hecha un mar de lágrimas
    3.2 (abismo) hay un mar de diferencia entre los dos países
    there's a world of difference between the two countries
    los separaba un mar de silencio [literary]
    a gulf of silence lay between them [literary]
    3.3la mar de … [colloquial], está la mar de contento
    he's really happy
    he's over the moon [colloquial]
    es la mar de simpática
    she's so nice
    lo pasamos la mar de bien el vestido te queda la mar de bien
    the dress suits you perfectly
    the dress looks really good on you
    tengo la mar de cosas que contarte
    I have loads of things to tell you [colloquial]
Example sentences
  • Un segundo sistema de comercio internacional se desarrolló en los mares del norte.
  • Estas cifras se complementan con la permanente negativa nacional a otorgar una salida al mar a Bolivia.
  • En la carta dominan los productos del mar, pero sin olvidar productos animales de nuestra tierra.
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