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punto

Translation of punto in English:

nombre masculino/masculine noun

  • 5 (en locuciones/in phrases) a punto (a tiempo) just in time [Cocina] just right has llegado a punto para ayudarme you've arrived just in time to help mea punto de + infinitivo/infinitive estábamos a punto de cenar cuando llamaste we were about to have dinner when you phoned estuvo a punto de matarse en el accidente he was nearly killed in the accident, he came within an inch of being killed in the accident estaba a punto de decírmelo cuando tú entraste she was on the point of telling me o/or she was about to tell me when you came in se notaba que estaba a punto de llorar you could see she was on the verge of tears en su punto just right el arroz está en su punto the rice is just right la carne estaba en su punto the meat was done to a turn al punto (España/Spain) right away, at once, straightaway (inglés británico/British English) en punto, te espero a las 12 en punto I'll expect you at 12 o'clock sharp son las tres en punto it's exactly three o'clock llegaron en punto they arrived exactly on time, they arrived on the dot o/or dead on time [familiar/colloquial] de todo punto absolutely, totally eso es de todo punto inaceptable that is totally o/or completely unacceptable se negaba de todo punto a hacerlo she absolutely o/or flatly refused to do it
  • 8 (poco, pizca) es orgulloso, con un punto de bravuconería he's proud, with just a touch o/or hint of boastfulness about him

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