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case 1

American English: /keɪs/
British English: /keɪs/

noun

  • 1 (matter) the Greene case
    el caso Greene
    police are investigating several cases of fraud
    la policía está investigando varios casos de estafa
    to dismiss a case
    sobreseer una causa
    to hear a case
    conocer de una causa
    to lose/win a case
    perder/ganar un pleito or juicio
    the workers' case has been taken up by the papers
    los periódicos se han hecho eco de la causa de los obreros
    an open-and-shut case
    un caso claro
    un caso que no tiene vuelta de hoja
    to be on somebody's case (American English)
    estar encima de alguien
    he's been on my case ever since
    desde entonces ha estado encima de mí
    get off my case!
    ¡déjame tranquilo or en paz!
    to make a federal case out of something (American English) [colloquial]
    hacer un drama de algo
  • 2 2.1 (Medicine) two cases of meningitis, two meningitis cases
    dos casos de meningitis
    the doctor said he was a hopeless case
    el médico dijo que no tenía cura
    2.2 [colloquial] (pitiable person) he's a mental case
    está loco de remate or de atar [colloquial]
    don't trust her with it, she's a hopeless case
    no se lo confíes a ella, es un caso perdido
    the man next door's a sad case
    el del vecino es un caso digno de lástima
    2.3 [dated] (eccentric) my aunt's a real case
    mi tía es un caso [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • I checked out the whole joint, mate, and the verdict is in: you're a case.
    • "He's a case," said Father Jerry.
    • She's a case and a half. You love to hate her don't you?
    Example sentences
    • Diabetes and hypertension are the underlying causes in most cases of chronic kidney disease.
    • But he said a lot of work was being done to raise awareness and combat rising cases of diseases like chlamydia in the town.
    • How many cases of mumps, measles, or rubella would the lack of vaccination of this number of children produce?
  • 3 (instance, situation) a clear case of bias
    un caso claro de parcialidad
    it was a case of love at first sight
    fue el clásico flechazo
    fue el caso típico de amor a primera vista
    it was a case of doing what we were told
    era cuestión de hacer lo que se nos mandara
    in Martin's case, in the case of Martin
    en el caso de Martin
    in her case
    en su caso
    a case in point
    un ejemplo que viene al caso
    un caso puntual
    in most cases
    en la mayoría de los casos
    as the case may be in no case [formal]
    bajo or en ninguna circunstancia
    he won't go — in that case, neither will I
    no quiere ir — (pues) en ese caso, yo tampoco
    that is the case
    así es
    esa es la cuestión
    if that's the case
    si es así
    that's not the case
    no es así
    that's the case with him too
    a él le pasa lo mismo
    in that case, I'm not interested
    en ese caso, no me interesa
    it is less common than used to be the case
    es menos frecuente de lo que solía ser
    Example sentences
    • The most severe cases are medical emergencies and require the skilled care of a physician in hospital to avoid death.
    • Severe cases require treatment in hospital with antibiotics.
    • Less than one per cent of the substantiated cases required medical care for broken bones or head trauma.
  • 4 (in phrases) in any case
    de todas maneras or formas
    in case (as conjunction) make a note in case you forget
    apúntalo por si te olvidas
    apúntalo en caso de que se te olvide
    just in case bring a sweater just in case
    tráete un suéter por si acaso or [colloquial] por si las moscas
    in case of in case of fire/accident
    en caso de incendio/accidente
  • 5 (argument) See examples:the case for the prosecution the case for the defense
    la defensa
    she has a good/strong case
    sus argumentos son buenos/poderosos
    there is a case for leniency/for doing nothing
    hay razones para ser indulgente/para no hacer nada
    to make (out) a case for something/-ing
    exponer los argumentos a favor de algo/para + infinitive
    the case put by the banks is that …
    la razón que aducen los bancos es que …
    to put/state one's case
    dar/exponer sus ( or mis etc) razones
    there's no case to answer
    la acusación no tiene asidero or fundamento
    I rest my case
    Example sentences
    • They will also argue an economic case against membership.
    • He has travelled literally thousands of miles to argue the case against war and occupation.
    • If disaster movies are to be the new currency of scientific debate, who will make the case against alarmism?
  • 6 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • They had at least as many noun cases to contend with as Latin speakers did, as well.
    • Only relatively recently did grammarians begin a debate over noun cases in English.
    • Do common cases become conventionalized as new senses for the words involved?

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case 2
American English: /keɪs/
British English: /keɪs/

noun

  • 1 (crate)
    (of wine, liquor) (caja de 12 botellas)
    Example sentences
    • Many English longcase clocks had cases designed in the style of the period in which they were made.
    • I explained to her that the case held a CD-R containing files for work that I wanted to take home and work on overnight.
    • Among the sofas I encounter a perspex case containing a sleek-looking chair.
    Example sentences
    • Beer and milk may be sold in crates but, contrary to popular usage, wine is sold in cases.
    • At Tesco in Oldham, she was sold a case of 12 bottles of Stella lager.
    • A case of beer, a case of wine, and six bottles of Wild Turkey were disposed of in merciless fashion.

transitive verb

  • [slang]to case the joint
    reconocer el terreno
    (antes de cometer un delito)
    Example sentences
    • I'd been casing this neglected place for weeks.
    • If you see a guy who looks like a burglar casing the joint - that will be me!
    • This individual was casing the area for a burglary that took place on the 26th.

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