- 1 1.1 [familiar/colloquial] (atrapar) to catch corre, corre que te pillo go on! run, or I'll catch o I'll get you me pilló la policía the police caught o [colloquial/familiar] nabbed me me has pillado de casualidad, estaba a punto de salir you were lucky to catch me, I was just going out le pilló un dedo it caught o trapped her finger, she got her finger caught o trapped in it 1.2 [familiar/colloquial] (por sorpresa) to catch ¡ajá, te pillé! aha, caught o got you! no me pilla de nuevas it doesn't surprise me nos pilló la lluvia sin paraguas we got caught in the rain without an umbrella 1.3 [familiar/colloquial] [catarro/resfriado] to catch pillamos una curda we got plastered o hammered [colloquial/familiar]
- 2 (Esp) [familiar/colloquial] 2.1 [coche] (atropellar) to hit casi lo pilla un coche he nearly got run over, he nearly got hit by a car 2.2 (quedar) me pilla de camino it's on my way me pilla bastante lejos it's a bit far for me
pillarse v pron
- 1 [familiar/colloquial] [dedos/manga] to catch se pilló los dedos con la ventana he caught o trapped his fingers in the window
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...
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