Translation of vaina in English:

vaina

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  • 4 (Colombia, Perú, Venezuela/Colombia, Peru, Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial] 4.1 (problema, contrariedad) ¡qué vaina! acabo de saber que mi saldo está en rojo what a drag o/or pain, I've just found out that I'm overdrawn [familiar/colloquial] la vaina es que no sé cómo llegar the thing o problem o trouble is that I don't know how to get there estoy metida en una vaina I'm in a spot of trouble o/or bother [familiar/colloquial] ¡qué vaina este gobierno! this government's the (absolute) end o/or the pits [familiar/colloquial] 4.2 (cosa, asunto) alcánzame esa vaina can you pass me that thing o thingamajig o whatsitsname? [familiar/colloquial] aquí esa vaina no existe you won't find anything like that round here explíqueme otra vez cómo es la vaina can you explain how it goes again? [familiar/colloquial] canaima, cada quien paga su vaina (Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial] everyone pays their share echarle una vaina a algn (Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial] to shaft sb (inglés norteamericano/American English) [familiar/colloquial], , to do the dirty on sb (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] echar vaina (Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial], (molestar) to be a nuisance o/or pest (divertirse) to have a good time [familiar/colloquial], to have a laugh [familiar/colloquial] 4.3 (comportamiento sospechoso) tenían una vaina they were up to something funny, they were looking suspicious ¿qué vaina te traes tú? what are you up to?

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The Basque autonomous police force is called Ertzaintza. Its members, called ertzainas, wear a uniform of red sweaters and berets, and white jackets. Despite the Ertzaintza's wide range of responsibilities, the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional still operate in the Basque Country.