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pelo / hair
 
pelo   -noun masculine
1. (=filamento)
a. [de persona, animal]   hair
b. [de barba]   whisker   (technicaléc)   fibre,   fiber United States,   strand
·un pelo rubio
·a blond hair
2. (en conjunto)
a. [de persona]   hair
(=piel)   fur,   coat
b. [de fruta]   down
c. [de jersey]   fluff
d. [de tejido]   nap,   pile
·tiene el pelo rubio
·she has blond hair
·tiene el pelo rizado
·he has curly hair
·tienes mucho pelo
·you have thick hair
·tiene poco pelo
·his hair is thin
·se me está cayendo el pelo
·I am losing my hair
·[cortarse] el pelo
·to have one'noun hair cut
·dos caballos del mismo pelo
·two horses of the same colour
·pelo de camello   camel-hair,   camel'noun hair United States
3. [de reloj]   hairspring
4. [de diamante]   flaw
5. (=grieta)   hairline crack
6. (=sierra)   hacksaw blade
7. [a] pelo   *
·cabalgar o montar a pelo
·to ride bareback
·cantar a pelo
·to singular unaccompanied
·hacerlo a pelo
(sexualmente)   to have unprotected sex
·está masculineánoun guapa a pelo que con maquillaje
·she'noun prettier just as she is, without her make-up on
·ir a pelo
(=sin sombrero)   to go bareheaded
(=desnudo)   to be stark naked
·pasar el mono a pelo
(de drogas)   to go through cold turkey
b. [agarrarse] a un pelo   to clutch at straws
c. [al] pelo   *
·te queda al pelo
·it looks great on you,   it fits like a glove
·este regalo me viene al pelo
·this present is just what I needed o wanted
·viene al pelo el comentario
·that comment is spot on
·un tema que viene muy al pelo en esta discusiónoun
·a subject which is highly relevant to this debate
d. caérsele el pelo a somebody, someone
(especially Spain)   *
·¡se te va a [caer] el pelo!
·you're (in) for it now!
e. cortar un pelo en el aire   to be pretty smart
f. dar a somebody, someone para el pelo   *
(=pegar)   to beat the living daylights out of somebody *   (en discusiónoun)   to wipe the floor with somebody *
(=regañar)   to give somebody a rollicking *
g. [con] estos pelos   *
·¡Juan viene a cenar y yo con estos pelos!
·Juan is coming to dinner and look at the state I'masculine in!
h. ser de dos pelos
(Cono Sur)   to be two-faced
i. echar el pelo
(Cono Sur)   *   to waste time,   idle
j. lucirle el pelo a somebody, someone   *
·así nos [luce] el pelo
·and that'noun the awful state we're in,   that'noun why we're so badly off
k. de medio pelo
(=de baja calidad)   second-rate
(=de baja categoría social)   of no social standing
l. de pelo en pecho   manly
·un hombre de pelo en pecho
·a real man
m. hacer a pelo y pluma   **   to be AC/DC **
n. por los pelos   by the skin of one'noun teeth
·pasó el examen por los pelos
·he passed the exam by the skin of his teeth,   he scraped through the exam
·parece traído por los pelos
·it seems far-fetched
o. con pelos y señales   in minute detail
p. [soltarse] el pelo   *   to let one'noun hair down *
q. tener el pelo [de la dehesa]   to be unable to hide one'noun rustic o humble origins
r. [no tener] pelos en la lengua   not to mince one'noun words
s. [no tocar] un pelo de la ropa a somebody, someone   not to lay a finger on somebody
t. [tomar] el pelo a somebody, someone   to pull somebody'noun leg
u. [no ver] el pelo a somebody, someone   *   not to see hide nor hair of somebody
·no se les ve el pelo desde hace mucho
·there'noun been no sign of them for ages
punta  
8. ·[un] pelo
*
(=un poco)
·no se mueve un pelo de aire o viento
·there isn't a breath of wind stirring
·no me feminineío un pelo de ellos
·I don't trust them an inch
·me temo que te pasas un pelo
·I am afraid you are going a bit too far
·no afloja un pelo
(Cono Sur)   he won't give an inch
·[no] tiene un pelo de tonto
·he'noun no fool
·no perdí el aviónoun por [un pelo]
·I only just caught the plane
·nos escapamos [por un] pelo
·we had a close shave
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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