- 1 1.1 (de una vela) wick 1.2 (de armas, explosivos) fuse mecha de seguridad safety fuse mecha lenta slow fuse aguantar mecha [familiar/colloquial] to grin and bear it, stand the gaff (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] a toda mecha [familiar/colloquial] like greased lightning [colloquial/familiar], like the clappers (BrE) 1.3 (RPl) (broca) bit
- 3(mechas fpl)3.1 (en peluquería) highlights (pl) hacerse mechas to have highlights put in 3.2 (AmL) [familiar/colloquial] (pelo) ¡mira cómo tienes las mechas! look at the state of your hair! [colloquial/familiar], your hair's a bit of a mess! [colloquial/familiar] la agarró de las mechas she grabbed her by the hair ser tieso de mechas (CS) [familiar/colloquial] to be pigheaded [colloquial/familiar] ser tirado de las mechas (CS) [familiar/colloquial] to be ridiculous
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...
The name of Spain's state-run post office is correos. Stamps can be bought in an estanco, although certified or express mail must be sent from a post office (estafeta or oficina de correos). Postboxes in Spain are silver with red and yellow hoops. There are also red boxes for urgent mail. In Latin America correo, in the singular, means both a post office and the mail system.