Translation of back in Spanish:
- 1 countable (Anatomy) (of human)(of animal)he was lying on his backI fell on my backestaba tumbado boca arribahe was flat on his back for a monthme caí de espaldashe was standing with his back to the doorestuvo un mes en cama sin moverseyou break your back working and …estaba (de pie) de espaldas a la puertawhile my back was turned he went and told the bosste deslomas or te partes el lomo trabajando y …I was glad to see the back of himfue y se lo contó al jefe a mis espaldasbehind somebody's backthey laugh at him behind his backme alegré de que se fuerathey went behind my back and wrote to himse ríen de él a sus espaldason the back of somebody/somethingle escribieron sin consultarme or sin mi autorizaciónto be on somebody's back [colloquial]a costa de alguien/algoI had the boss on my backestarle encima a alguienjust get off my back!tenía al jefe encimato break the back of a jobdéjame en paz [colloquial]to get o put somebody's back up [colloquial]hacer la parte más difícil de un trabajoto put one's back into somethingirritar a alguiento turn one's back on somebodyponer empeño en algoshe turned her back on her familyvolverle la espalda a alguien→ scratch 2 1 4le volvió la espalda a su familiaExample sentences
- At times I was unable to walk and had severe pain in the lower back, neck and shoulders all the time.
- I smiled, putting one hand on his shoulder and tapping the back of some tall guy in front of us.
- They were leaning on each other's shoulders, with their backs to the tombstone.
- They are similar to large mousetraps and are designed to break the back of an animal.
- I wonder who can tell me what you would call that ugly animal with a great big hump on its back that is condemned to live in a desert.
- Fences were put up, but shelter and feed were lacking; during the harsh winters, snow would pile high on the animals' backs.
- 2 countable 2.1 (of chair)(of dress, jacket)(of electrical appliance, watch)2.2 (reverse side — of envelope, photo)(— of head)parte (feminine) posterior or de atrás(— of hand)the back of the neckread the instructions on the backla nucaon the back of an envelopelea las instrucciones al dorsoen forma improvisadaExample sentences
Example sentences2.3back to frontyour sweater is on back to front
- Charlton and Pegg said they weren't taking any chances and moved to the back of the plane.
- With the radiator out of the way now it was time to move on to the back of the truck and the motherboard mounting.
- The supermodel and her companion then stood up and moved to the back of the bar.
no, you've got it back to front: she asked him out → hand 1 2te has puesto el suéter al revésExample sentences
- Some of the messages written on the back of the tulip postcards are so sweet and encouraging.
- I have a series of photos of the family that I like very much because someone wrote on the backs of them describing the subject and where the photo was taken.
- When police examined his car, left on the motorway, they found a note written on the back of a bus timetable.
- With low backs and plunging necklines, this fashion has become more and more popular among teenagers and adults alike and local swimwear stores say sales are booming.
- For evening, the collection is a procession of gathers, plunging necklines and backs, irregular lines.
- The offensive slogan is written is written in letters six inches high on the back of the garment.
- Their legs were tucked up in front of them, and their arms rested over the back of the chair.
- He has poured himself a glass of champagne and put his arm around her, resting his hand on the back of her wooden chair.
- His ancestors were cobblers but diversified into making vividly embroidered leather bags, wallets and chair backs.
- 3 countable or uncountable (rear part) See examples: the back of the hallthe back of the carel fondo de la salathe back of the housela parte trasera or de atrás del cochea truck ran into the back of mela parte de atrás de la casaat the back of the drawerun camión me chocó por detráswe sat at the backen el fondo del cajónI'll sit in the back (of car)nos sentamos al fondothere's a yard at the backyo me siento detrás or (en el asiento de) atráswe stood at the back of the linehay un patio atrás(in) back of the sofa (American English)nos pusimos al final de la colahe's out back in the yard (American English)detrás del sofáin the back of beyondestá en el patio, al fondoquién sabe dónde, en el quinto pino (Spain) [colloquial]
- 4 countable (Sport)zaguero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)Example sentences
- In the first two games, the defensive backs seemed indecisive, perhaps the result of playing off receivers.
- He still can shadow the game's best receivers and is an excellent role model for the team's young defensive backs.
- The team's defensive backs no longer are being picked on.
adjective (before noun, no comparative)
- 1 (at rear)(seat/wheel)de atrás(garden/yard/room/door)the back rowde atrásla última filaExample sentences
- Even on Sundays, people would be looking at cars and have full view into our back garden.
- No doubt he steered clear of the back garden view as night fell on Caledonian Stadium.
- The master bedroom is painted in cream and has great views of the colourful back garden.
- 1 (indicating return, repetition) See examples: he invited me back for coffeewe can get there and back in an hourme invitó a volver a su casa a tomar un caféthe journey backpodemos ir y volver en una horaI'll be back by eight o'clockel viaje de vueltaEdwin is back from Parisestaré de vuelta para las ochovolveré antes de las ochoit's back to work on MondayEdwin ha vuelto de ParísJohn is back in Torontoel lunes hay que volver al trabajothe Democrats are back in powerJohn ha vuelto a Torontolong hair is back (in fashion)los demócratas han vuelto al podermeanwhile, back at the house … to run/fly backvuelve (a estar de moda) el pelo largoI'll drive you backvolver corriendo/en aviónwe arrived back in Cambridge tired but happyte llevo de vuelta en cocheshe came back outregresamos a Cambridge cansados pero contentosI'll mail it backvolvió a salirhe asked for the ring backlo devolveré por correolo mandaré de vuelta por correohe lapsed back into a comapidió que le devolviera el anillosee also→ go back → take backvolvió a caer en coma
- 2 (in reply, reprisal) See examples: hang up and I'll call you backhe slapped her and she slapped him backcuelga, que yo te llamoél la abofeteó y ella le devolvió la bofetada
- 3 3.1 (backward) See examples: we forced the enemy further backtake two steps backobligamos al enemigo a retrocedershoulders back, chest outda dos pasos atrásto travel back in timehombros hacia atrás, sacando pecho3.2 (toward the rear) we can't hear you back hereviajar hacia atrás en el tiempothe British runner is back in sixth placeaquí atrás no te oímossee also→ hold back → keep backel corredor británico está en sexta posiciónExample sentences
- The foreshortened platform encouraged the actors to move back toward the scenic area of the stage.
- Is it not better to take one step in the right direction than two back into destruction.
- Nichole was jerked back towards Tristan as he grabbed the wrist on her other arm.
- 4 (in, into the past) See examples: I bought it back in 1972it happened a few years backlo compré (ya) en 1972we didn't have television back in those dayspasó hace unos añosI first mentioned it as far back as last Juneen aquellos tiempos no teníamos televisiónfurther back than the 14th centurylo mencioné por primera vez ya en juniothat's the furthest back I can rememberantes del siglo XIVback in the dayno recuerdo nada anterior a esoen el pasado
- 5back and forthbackward(s) and forward(s)see→ backward 2 4
- 1 1.1 (support) 1.2 (Finance)(loan/bill)1.3 (bet money on)(horse/winner/loser)apostar porExample sentences
- It takes the pressure off and you can be more selective about which races you back horses in.
- Then again, no horse as won the Melbourne Cup two years in a row, and I backed the winning horse this year.
- It gives viewers good idea of the factors that go into backing successful racehorses
- And the Executive has still not committed to backing the project financially.
- Such appeals, backed by suitable financial compensation, can be very effective.
- Against the odds he set up the choir, financially backed by Manchester city council.
- 2 (reverse) See examples: he backed the car out of the garagesacó el coche del garaje dando marcha atrás or (Colombia) (Mexico) en reversa
- 3 (stiffen)(line)Example sentences
- Candlestick stems are topped with silk shades, wall lights are backed with Venetian mirrors and slender brass stems are capped by plated shades.
- The large mirror was backed with silver.
- This is a thin film that's been coated onto a flexible plastic material backed by a strong glue.
- 4 (lie behind) See examples: a beach backed by tall pine treesa house backed by open fieldsuna playa bordeada de altos pinosuna casa cuyo fondo da a campo abierto
- 5 (Music)Example sentences
- Central Band's rhythm section also backed singer/songwriter Drew McAlister and the horn section joined in with The Choirboys.
- This track's got it all: rhythmic, sharp guitar riffs backed by pounding kick drum and throbbing bass - and the cowbell!
- Yep, aggressive lyrics and guitar riffs, all backed by the trademark thumping drums, with only moments of calm to provide a respite from the headbanging.
- 1.1 (move backward)(person)(vehicle/driver)he backed into a lamppostdar marcha atrásechar or meter reversa (Colombia) (Mexico)1.2se dio contra una farola al dar marcha atrás or (Colombia) (Mexico) al meter reversa(wind)Example sentences
- With winds backing to the south and the southwest the fall-out from nuclear explosions would be driven into Afghanistan and China.
- But when the wind is backed slightly towards the northwest the winds come over a longer stretch of the North Sea bringing more cloud.
- She backed away from him, walking a short distance away.
- Kiara slowly backed away from the door and walked towards her desk.
- The government has backed away from announcing changes to its controversial policy in a move that has angered both farming and green groups.
- to back away
- 1.1→ back away 1.2 (keep distance) [slang]
- the house backs on to the river
- 1.1 (withdraw)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (support) he backed up his theory with hard facts
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