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matar

  
a       vt  
1      [+persona]   to kill  
  [+reses, ganado]  
to kill, slaughter  
la mató en un ataque de celos      he killed her in a fit of jealousy  
el jefe me va a matar      the boss will kill me  
matar a algn a golpes      to beat sb to death  
matar a algn a disgustos      to make sb's life a misery  
así me maten      for the life of me  
que me maten si ...      I'll be damned if ...  
MODISMOS matarlas callando      to go about things slyly  
MODISMOS entre todos la mataron (y ella sola se murió)      they are all to blame  
2      [+tiempo, pelota]   to kill  
  [+sed]  
to quench  
  [+sello]  
to postmark, cancel  
  [+pieza]  
  (en ajedrez)    to take
  [+cal]  
to slake  
  [+ángulo, borde]  
to file down  
  [+color]  
to dull  
cómete una manzana para matar el hambre      have an apple to keep you going  
3    *  
(=molestar)  

los zapatos me están matando      these shoes are killing me *     
me mata tener que trabajar en sábado      it's a pain having to work on a Saturday *     
4    *  
(=sorprender)  

¿se van a casar? ¡me has matado!      they're getting married? you're kidding! *     
b       vi   to kill  
no matarás        (Rel)   thou shalt not kill  
entrar a matar        (Taur)   to go in for the kill  
MODISMOS estar o llevarse a matar con algn      to be at daggers drawn with sb  
c    matarse      vpr  
1    (=suicidarse)   to kill o.s.  
se mató de un tiro      he shot himself  
2    (=morir)   to be killed, get killed  
se mataron en un accidente de aviación      they were killed in a plane crash  
3    (=esforzarse)   to kill o.s.  
convendría revisar estas facturas, pero no te mates      these invoices need checking but don't kill yourself  
matarse trabajando o a trabajar      to kill o.s. with work  
se mata para mantener a su familia      he has to work like crazy to keep his family  
se mata por sacar buenas notas      he goes all out to get good marks  
Translation Spanish - English Collins Dictionary  
matar el tiempo exp.
to kill time

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Collaborative Dictionary     Spanish-English
exp.
to lay the dust
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to waste time
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to quench one's thirst
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to take the edge off one's appetite
(MODISMOS)
exp.
take the edge off one's appetite
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to keep one going
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to stab sb to death
exp.
to shoot sb (dead)
exp.
to beat sb to death
v.
to be at daggers drawn with sb
(MODISMOS)
exp.
shut sb up
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to floor sb
(MODISMOS)
exp.
to kill sb treacherously
exp.
to make sb's life a misery
exp.
to starve sb to death
exp.
to shoot to kill
exp.
to go in for the kill
exp.
the guards were shooting to kill
exp.
the murderer shot to kill
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'matar' also found in translations in English-Spanish dictionary
vt.
matar
n.
el matar
exp.
matar a algn
v.
matar o curar
exp.
matar el rato
vi.
matar el tiempo
exp.
matar el tiempo
(IDIOMS)
exp.
quererse matar por
[Fig.] I kicked myself for not remembering to congratulate her for her birthday
exp.
disparar a matar
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"matar": examples and translations in context
Sólo lo alentaría a matar más. It'll just encourage him to kill more.
Prometió matar al señor Geary y mantuvo esa promesa. I will gut you bow to stern. he promised to kill Mr.Geary and then he kept that promisE.
Si hubiera intentado matar a McCafferty, estaría muerto. If I attempted to murder McCafferty, he'd be dead. Max, this is serious.
Cada hombre inteligente es capaz de matar. My son, there's murder in every intelligent man's heart.
Muchos de ellos quisieran matar actores. A lot of them would like to shoot actors.
Necesitamos matar a la asesina primero. We need to kill the gaijin assassin first.
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