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piece
American English: /pis/
British English: /piːs/

Translation of piece in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 (part of something broken, torn, cut, divided) a piece of bread
    un pedazo or un trozo de pan
    she ripped the letter into pieces
    rompió la carta en pedacitos
    hizo trizas la carta
    a piece of land
    un terreno
    una parcela
    to come o fall to pieces
    hacerse pedazos
    she smashed the vase to pieces
    hizo añicos el jarrón
    he was blown to pieces by a mine
    una mina lo voló en pedazos
    the toy lay in pieces on the floor
    el juguete estaba en el suelo, hecho pedazos
    her life in pieces, she made up her mind to …
    con la vida deshecha or en ruinas, decidió …
    in one piecethey got back in one piece
    volvieron sanos y salvos
    I dropped it, but it's still in one piece
    se me cayó, pero está intacto
    to be a piece of cake [colloquial]
    ser pan comido or (in River Plate area also) un bollo [colloquial]
    to go to pieces
    (be very upset) quedar deshecho or destrozado
    (break down) perder el control
    he went to pieces after his wife left him
    quedó deshecho or destrozado cuando la mujer lo dejó
    to pick up the pieceshe gets himself into trouble and expects me to pick up the pieces
    se mete en líos y después pretende que yo le saque las castañas del fuego
    he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life
    está tratando de rehacer su vida
    to pull something/somebody to pieces
    destrozar algo/a alguien
    he pulled her essay to pieces
    le destrozó el trabajo
    le criticó duramente el trabajo
    Example sentences
    • In a second the whole sword was broken in pieces and Kashiro's attack continued.
    • Sections of main roads are completely broken to pieces.
    • Then she took out a lump of sandalwood from the wall cupboard, washed it, broke it in pieces, dissolved it in water and cleaned her face and arms with the paste.
    1.2 (component) he's taken the clock to pieces
    ha desarmado or desmontado el reloj
    it comes to pieces
    es desmontable
    we took the novel to pieces
    analizamos la novela parte por parte
    a three-piece suit
    un traje de tres piezas
    un terno
    the pieces are starting to fall into place
    las cosas se están empezando a aclarar
    Example sentences
    • The scribble is constructed from 229 separate pieces of steel, weighs 25 tonnes and has 72 twists.
    • All of the pieces are cast or constructed in nonferrous metals, so that they resonate musically.
    • Sometimes pieces of the construct will be inserted as well as, or instead of, the full construct.
  • 2 (item) a piece of advice
    un consejo
    500 pieces of artillery
    500 piezas de artillería
    a piece of chewing gum
    un chicle
    a piece of clothing
    una prenda (de ropa)
    a piece of fruit
    una fruta
    una pieza de fruta
    a piece of furniture
    un mueble
    a piece of jewelry
    una alhaja
    an absurd piece of legislation
    una norma ( or disposición etc) absurda
    that was a piece of luck!
    ¡qué suerte!
    how many pieces of luggage do they have?
    ¿cuántos bultos llevan?
    a piece of news
    una noticia
    a piece of paper
    un papel
    an excellent piece of work
    un trabajo excelente
    we sell the cutlery by the piece (British English)
    vendemos los cubiertos sueltos or por piezas
    of a piecethey are all of a piece
    están todos cortados por el mismo patrón
    to be a nasty piece of work [colloquial]
    ser una basura or [colloquial] una porquería
    to give somebody a piece of one's mind
    cantarle las cuarenta or decirle cuatro verdades a alguien
  • 4 (coin) a 50 peso piece
    una moneda de 50 pesos
    Example sentences
    • Is there any risk that the two euro coin will be mistaken for the Thai 10 baht piece, whose face value is eight times less?
    • They also included a selection of threepenny bits, a 1916 halfpenny and a penny piece from 1921.
    • Well, you have to admit it's slightly more plausible than upping the value of the penny piece to £1.
  • 5 5.1 (in board games)
    Example sentences
    • She was sat on her desk, moving some puzzles' pieces, trying to figure out something, maybe an image, or a letter.
    • Knowing this, you can try and figure out which pieces are which simply by how they're being moved.
    • It was an abstract race game called Tempo in which pieces were moved not by the roll of the dice, but by the playing of cards.
    5.2 (in chess)
    Example sentences
    • Here, however, you will find more coverage of endgames with more pieces and pawns.
    • This can be done by a pawn break or by a sacrifice involving pieces or pawns.
    • Though the Queen is the strongest piece, it is vulnerable to attack by weaker enemy units.
  • 7 (distance) (American English) [colloquial]a piece
    un trecho
    that's a fair piece from here
    queda a un buen trecho de aquí
    de aquí es un tirón (River Plate area) [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

piece together

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1
(events/facts)
reconstruir
2
(alibi)
idear
(argument)
estructurar

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