Translation of rayo in English:

rayo

nombre masculino/masculine noun

  • 2 [Meteorología/Meteorology] el rayo cayó muy cerca de la casa the (bolt of) lightning struck very close to the house ¡rayos y truenos! [arc o hum] great Scott! [dated or hum] como un rayo [familiar/colloquial] like greased lightning [familiar/colloquial] salió de casa como un rayo she shot out of the house like greased lightning o/or like a streak of lightning pasó como un rayo he zoomed o whizzed o flashed past echar rayos y centellas to fume [familiar/colloquial] ¡mal rayo te/le parta! [familiar/colloquial] damn you/him! [familiar/colloquial] que te/lo parta un rayo [familiar/colloquial], ellos se van y a mí que me parta un rayo they go off and to hell with me! [familiar/colloquial], they go off and don't give a damn about me! [familiar/colloquial] ¡que te parta un rayo! you can go to hell for all I care! [familiar/colloquial] saber/oler a rayos [familiar/colloquial] to taste/smell foul
  • 3 [familiar/colloquial] (persona viva, despierta) es un rayo he's razor-sharp, he's as sharp as a needle o/or (inglés norteamericano/American English) tack

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.