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Meaning of idiomatic phrase: «a caballo de»

I've seen the phrase «a caballo de» being translated as «to be ahead of the game». I'm reading a book, and the sentence doesn't seem to relate to this meaning. The sentence is the following: «La nada ...
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¿Qué significa abatizar (visto en Nicaragua)?

He visto la palabra abatizar en periódicos de Nicaragua, pero no puedo encontrar la palabra ni en el diccionario de la RAE ni en WordReference.com. ¿Exactamente qué significa abatizar y en cuales ...
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Meaning of “Yo más guapa”

What's the meaning of ¡Yo más guapa! in the following conversation? A: - ¡Toma, te quiero! B: - ¡Yo más guapa! I googled the phrase and it seems to be some kind of slogan. I'm not sure though ...
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Is «verga» a word I should avoid in polite company?

Wiktionary mentions that «verga» can be a vulgar term for an erect penis. It mentions this along with several other definitions. RAE mentions the vulgar term as the first definition, then lists half ...
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¿Qué significa “superajustada”?

According to http://www.translate.com/, the translation of "superajustada" in to English is "superajustada" - that's helpful! (not!) It gives for "ajustada" adjusted, so...superadjusted? What does ...
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What does the Spanish word “you” mean in English?

I'm taking an online class on "scientific thought" which has a transcription of the spoken video text, and the Spanish word "you" occurs in almost every lecture, even in one lecture four times (see ...
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How can I translate/describe a “rough idle” to the mechanic?

I need to take my vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose a problem with a rough idle. How do I translate this term, "rough idle" to Spanish?
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Gracia vs. Gracia why?

Tendría gracia que un payaso estuviera perdido en una iglesia. Danzó con la gracia de un cisne. Why does gracia have such opposing meanings? Is there a historical context? Maybe because of ...
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Spanish words for cap, cover, lid, etc

What Spanish words can be used to describe a cap, cover, lid, or top (in other words, something placed on top of something, usually to close an opening)? What is the difference between tapa and tapón? ...
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What is the meaning of “los sien”?

A short while later I discovered that she had left vases filled with red roses all over the house, and a card on my pillow: I hope you reach a hunnert. This is English ...
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What does “se trata de” mean?

In my reading, I've run across several forms of "se trata de", and dictionaries haven't been much help. For example: eran todos hombres libres y se trataba de un feudo feliz y prospero si se ...
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“Absuelto” but not absolved

The quote is this one : «Dios es el Absoluto en el sentido literal de esta palabra, el que está absuelto o desligado radicalmente de las cosas.» Well, in this situation I don't think that 'absuelto' ...
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What are the differences between “tener” and “haber”?

Both verbs tener and haber both are translated as to have. What are the rules that distinguish their uses of one verb over the other?
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Cuál es el significado de la palabra “hay” en “qué hay sobre”

Era en un tebeo que estoy leyendo. Adición: el contexto: Una persona regresa con comida por solo una otra, y un otro personaje dice "¡¿Qué hay sobre la comida que nosotros queríamos comer?!"
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¿Qué significa la expresión “echar toda la carne al asador”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "echar toda la carne al asador"? Esta frase la he escuchado en México.
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What is the difference between »aparcar« and »estacionar«?

I have been revising vocabulary and I noticed that these two verbs have the same definition. Can someone, please clarify what the difference is. Thanks for your help.
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Traducción de “hacer(le) caso”

Yo he vivido en El Salvador por unos años y frecuentemente he escuchado la expresión hacer(le) caso. No estoy seguro si es una expresión local o si otros lugares la usan también. Ejemplos: Le ...
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What does “descunchifle” mean?

What does the word descunchifle mean?
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What does “chepa” mean in Nicaraguan Spanish?

What does the word chepa mean when used to refer to a person in Nicaraguan Spanish? What are some examples of how it is used?
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What does “alimentarse del viento” mean?

If someone puts the phrase "Alimentarse del viento" as their status on a social site, what does it mean?
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What does my friend mean when he says this to his kid?

I've heard my friend say "me matas con cuchillito de palo" to his kid and I cannot figure out what it means. (I've googled it, and naturally google results are all over the map.) Usually the kid is ...
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Translating “shrewd” (as in “a shrewd businessman”)

The English word "shrewd" (as in "a shrewd businessman") describes someone who is sharp, clever, crafty, or cunning. For example, a shrewd businessman might come up with a coupon offer that seems ...
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I wouldn't know

Could somebody explain the sentence "I wouldn't know"? What would be a Spanish equivalent word/expression, especially in a context similar to this: 'Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know' - ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “estar de rodríguez"?

Colquialmente se dice "estar de rodríguez" al hecho de que un hombre se quede en casa solo mientras su mujer [e hijos] están en otro lugar, normalmente de vacaciones. ¿Es totalmente válida esta ...
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What does “Bolobonchi” mean?

He estado escuchando una canción del género salsa titulada "Bolobonchi". La canción fue compuesta e interpretada por Joe Arroyo. Mi pregunta es: ¿Qué significa o qué es Bolobonchi? I have been ...
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What's the meaning of “dar” in “dar por supuesto”?

In an exercise I came across the following sentence: Mis colegas dan por supuesto que yo termino el trabajo. I wonder about the expression dan por supuesto. I learned that dar is most frequently ...
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Word usage: serme

I've come across the below sentence: Este año he decidido serme fiel a mi misma y no mentirme I checked the dictionary and couldn't find the word "serme". What does it mean?
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Significado de “descaderado”

El contexto: P----- camina como travesti descaderado. ¿Cómo poronga consiguió seducir a la diosa del tango? La frase aparece como un comentario a este video. El que lo escribió presumiblemente ...
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word usage: “furtivamente” and “a escondidas”

Do "furtivamente" and "a escondidas" both mean "secretly"? They are interchangeable? For example: 1. entró furtivamente en la habitación. 2. entro a escondidas en la habitación. The meanings ...
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Conllevar, its meaning in this sentence

I'm reading a book, and it says «La felicidad conlleva la intimidad con la belleza(...)» On wordreference, conllevar means «Implicar, traer como consecuencia, acarrear», however if I substitute ...
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Definition and Usage of verbs that indicate start and duration of action

What's the difference among these words? Can you give me an example of when they are used? Words that indicate start of action: among: empezar a, ponerse a, y echarse a? Words that indicate ...
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What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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What is the best way to refer to those of Spanish descent or language?

In English there are several ways to refer to people who speak Spanish or are from a Spanish-speaking country: Hispanic, Latin, Latino, Chicano, Spanish-speaking, etc. What equivalent terms exist in ...
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What does “You are sympa” mean?

Is "sympa" just an abbreviation of "sympatico"? Or is there another connotation to it? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sympatico I have heard it addressed directly to me, but also ...
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Is it “Tú juegas como el” or “Tú juegas como él”? [closed]

The sentence says "You play as him" but all of the choices have the last word as el instead of él. I believe "Tú juegas como él" to be the right choice, is that correct?
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“a mí” and “yo” differences?

I'm not very great at Spanish, and I was wondering this simple question: "What is the difference between 'a mí' and 'yo'"? I know they are sometimes used differently ("a mí me gusta ..." rather than ...
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»No sé español« vs »No hablo español«

What's the difference between no sé español and no hablo español? It seems to be the case that people don't say the former, however we can say "I don't know Spanish" in English. Moreover it appears ...
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Is there a difference between como and cómo?

Is there a difference between como and cómo? I'm confused. It's supposed to be two different words, right? Where do I draw the line?
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Computador or Computadora? [duplicate]

I have noticed on various occassions, that sometimes the word computadora is used, while as well some people use computador or even ordenador. While I am able to somewhat understand the usage ...
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What does “solapable” means? [closed]

I can't find English explanation of this Spanish word, so please if you can help me? Its about electronics. Thank you very much!
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In fieri del efecto. What does “fieri” mean?

The sentence is this one: «Hay que tener presente aquí que el infinito de que se trata en las vías es un infinito metafísico(...) y no un infinito matemático(...) ni físico, en el que las causas son ...
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¿Qué significa en esta canción “los trillos de la entrega”?

De la RAE, trillo significa m. Instrumento para trillar, que comúnmente consiste en un tablón con pedazos de pedernal o cuchillas de acero encajadas en una de sus caras. m. Can. y Am. Senda ...
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Exact meaning of “natural de” in a curriculum vitae?

In a Spanish-language curriculum vitae, I came across the item Natural de:, which I don't understand. It is in the "Personal Data" section (Datos personales).
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Is a great-grandchild an “encore” descendent?

"Nieto" is a grandson (and "Nieta" presumably a granddaughter). "Bisnieto" is a great-grandson (and "bisnieta" no doubt a great-granddaughter). "Bis" means "encore." So is a grandchild an "encore" ...
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What does the suffix -ida mean?

what does the suffix "-ida" mean? Academia real gives this definition suf. Forma sustantivos derivados de verbos de la segunda y tercera conjugación, que generalmente significan 'acción y efecto'. ...
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Why does “no sé” mean “I don't know?” [closed]

If "no" means "no", and if "se" means "is", why does "no sé" mean "I don't know"? This has been a bit of stumbling block for me as I learn the language. I as learn how to learn, I like to know the ...