retén translation | Spanish-English dictionary

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retén

  
      sm  
1      (Téc)   stop, catch,   (Aut)   oil seal
2    (=reserva)   reserve, store  
tener algo de retén      to have sth in reserve  
3      (Mil)   reserves    pl  , reinforcements    pl     
hombre de retén      reserve  
estar de retén      to be on call  
4      (LAm)   [+de policía]   roadblock, police roadblock
5      (Caribe)   (=correccional)   remand home
Translation Spanish - English Collins Dictionary  
estar de retén exp.
to be on call

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Collaborative Dictionary     Spanish-English
exp.
reserve
exp.
to have sth in reserve
"retén": examples and translations in context
Solo retén a Vásquez lo suficiente para prepararme. Just hold Vasquez off long enough for me to get set up.
-Aspira profundamente y retén el humo. -Just inhale it real deep and hold it.
En el retén fue ejecutada una persona. One person was killed at the roadblock.
Según testigos, los campesinos acababan de pasar por un retén militar. According to witnesses, the peasants had just gone through a military roadblock.
Esto se dio especialmente en los retenes del río a la entrada y salida de Cartagena del Chairá y en el retén de Peñas Coloradas. This was especially the case at river checkpoints on entering and leaving Cartagena del Chairá and at the Peñas Coloradas checkpoint.
Innumerables testimonios revelan, además, la existencia de lazos entre los miembros del citado retén y los del puesto policial contiguo. In fact, there is a wealth of testimony to the existence of links between the people manning the checkpoint and members of the nearby police station.
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