Translation of roce in English:

roce

m

  • 1 1.1 (contacto) rubbing no soporta el roce de la sábana en las quemaduras he can't bear the sheet rubbing against o/or touching his burns el roce del zapato le había producido ampollas the constant rubbing o chafing of the shoe had given her blisters, she had blisters where the shoe had rubbed o chafed el roce de las dos piezas genera calor friction between the two parts produces heat el roce de su mejilla the brush of her cheek tiene los puños gastados por el roce his cuffs have worn 1.2 (marca, señal) le hicieron un roce al coche someone scratched o/or scraped her car el cuello de la camisa tiene roce the shirt collar is grimy with wear
  • 2 (fricción, desacuerdo) no han tenido ni un roce they haven't had a single cross word, there's been no friction between them ha habido graves roces dentro del partido there have been serious clashes o/or there has been a lot of friction within the party tuvo un roce con la policía she had a brush with the law

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