Translation of spoil in Spanish:


echar a perder, v.

Pronunciation /spɔɪl//spɔɪl/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1

      (evening/party) echar a perder
      (evening/party) estropear
      (party/evening) arruinar
      these buildings have spoiled the town/coastline estos edificios han afeado la ciudad/la costa
      • I don't want to spoil your fun but … no les quiero aguar la fiesta pero …
      • the incident spoiled her chances of promotion el incidente dio al traste con sus perspectivas de ascenso
      • it will spoil your appetite te quitará el apetito
      • that will spoil your appetite for dinner si comes eso, luego no vas a tener ganas de cenar
      • Theater owners like to throw up their hands and blame the shortcomings of the patrons and films, but they're not acknowledging their role in spoiling a once-magical experience.
      • In addition, the production proves a good 55 minutes too long, which spoils an otherwise excellent evening.
      • I don't want to get into too many details here, lest I spoil the experience for you.
      • To say too much would be to spoil the occasion, but there are twists, turns and horrific blood curdling scenes of carnage.
      • Finally, at half past seven the guests agreed it was a pity to spoil a good dinner and seated themselves to a delicious meal.
      • I have been at enough shows spoiled by drunken fools trying to steal the spotlight for 5 minutes of fame, but the volunteers were well-behaved, funny, and added to the momentum of the show.
      • It's time for the local variety show, but when a dead body turns up, the festivities are spoiled.

    • 1.2(invalidate)

      spoiled or (British also) spoilt papers papeletas nulas feminine
      • Even during the now-pivotal 2000 election, when Rage was so tight their voice actually could have made a difference, the band spoiled their ballot.

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    (child) consentir
    (child) malcriar
    (child) mimar demasiado
    go on, spoil yourself vamos, date un gusto
    • The Children's Hour is about a spoiled brat at a boarding school who can't get her way and accuses two of the teachers of having a lesbian affair.
    • Mrs. Reed is a rich, pretentious and condescending woman, and her children are terribly spoiled, cruel and rude.
    • Both husband and wife turn to Hunt for help, each implying that the other is mentally unbalanced, terrorizing or spoiling their only child, the five year old Alec.
    • As for families, children are spoiled and unfit for any labor, too soft to hold up to any pain, while the parents neglect everything but making money and do not care about excellence at all.
    • When an actor who looks like he or she is still in middle school behaves like a spoiled, insolent brat, it's nothing but par for the course.
    • Another reason I could write that book was being an only child for so long, and spoiled, I never have believed that there could be consequences to my actions.
    • Ector serves as the Daddy, although not one who has spoiled his adopted son.
    • She was sweet and sensitive, but also spoiled, and could be bold.
    • Though he is faster to commit to Lola, he is selfish and spoiled.
    • She is beautiful, popular, spoiled, and having a great time spending her father's money.
    • And I was so spoiled that I had a very, let's say, ‘heavenly’ idea of the world.
    • Until then I had been a very spoiled child by my mother, my grandpa and my maternal family which was kind of a biblical family.
    • Although beautiful, she is quick-tempered and spoiled.
    • Though she was born a rich and spoiled girl, she ends up relatively poor and meek.
    • She spoiled her son all his life, and always believed that her family was better than Lindo's because they were richer.
    • Others chided her for spoiling him and she even tried to wean him off but could not bear to see his drawn face.
    • The boys are the spoiled children of rich, influential families.
    • Wickham paints a dreadful picture of Darcy as a selfish and spoiled child who grew into a heartless and unjust man.
    • Simon Vincent plays the Birlings' alcoholic dandy of a son and perfectly exposes the irony present when a parent accuses their child of being spoilt.
    • They are spoiled rotten rich brats led by an attorney's son.

intransitive verb

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    (food/meal) echarse a perder
    (food/meal) estropearse
    • Some farmers will even stick wooden fence posts into wet grain in the bins to keep it from spoiling - amazing, but it helps!
    • Grapes consisted of an actual bunch hanging on a string; as it spoiled, individual grapes spatted on the floor.
    • Did you know that honey is the only food that won't spoil?
    • ‘There are misperceptions - they ask why doesn't the milk spoil if it's not refrigerated,’ says Capelli.
    • Sometimes there are crops that won't grow, grain that spoils, or a piece of machinery turns out to be a lemon.
    • The slide started a couple years ago when grain being stored there spoiled.
    • Restaurant and bar owners complained that the beer frequently spoiled before they could sell it.
    • Give the same role and we all would be better off watching ground beef spoil.
  • 2informal

    (be eager)
    to be spoiling for sth estar / andar buscando algo
    • he's spoiling for trouble/a fight anda buscando camorra/pelea
    • But the drama was only just beginning and, as the Lords began debating the bill, it became obvious that they were spoiling for a fight.
    • All right younger brother, you've been spoiling for this for weeks.
    • Liam sings it like a man who's spoiling for a fight.
    • These days everyone seems to be spoiling for a fight.
    • Not everyone, however, is spoiling for a fight.
    • He's not able to suggest much in the name of what should be done, but the king is clearly spoiling for action.
    • As if publishers don't have enough to worry about, suddenly the man who oversees one of the greatest multimedia powers on earth is spoiling for a turf war.
    • I didn't bother speaking because he was spoiling for a fight.
    • But you did not drive out the restless new spirit which is always spoiling for a fight.
    • Many of the girls who greeted Em warmly happened to date him at one time or another in their lives, and were spoiling for righteous retribution.


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    botín masculine
    the division of the spoil(s) el reparto del botín
    • the spoils of war el botín / el trofeo de guerra
    • the spoils of office las prebendas del puesto
    • And where exactly did Adam read this inspirational tale, which recounts a Roman troop hauling away some feminine spoils of war, much to the kidnapped ladies' delight?
    • We've always been incredibly good at this sort of imperialistic thing of bringing back the spoils of our plunders overseas and putting a unique twist on them, and a little bit of dry British humor.
    • Napoleon, however, claimed it as spoils in 1807.
    • Finding himself the victor he takes an injured Tracy as his spoil of war.
    • The Romans let victorious generals keep slaves and other spoils of war.
    • As a result he becomes entangled in the collusions and convolutions one would expect from Ripley, and is then coerced into an escalating crime scheme whose spoils he hopes to leave behind for his family.
    • Men began to seek out new territories, mine for wealth, and battle each other for the spoils of war.
    • The spoils of plunder were divided between temples, with the victor keeping his share.
    • Needless to say, these two films shared the spoils, winning most of the major awards between them.
    • In football, the spoils go to the team that wins on the field, not the team that uses lobbyists and extortion behind closed doors.
    • He dispersed the spoils among his men and made it known that only those who fought would get a part of the booty.
    • Having grown used to a privileged lifestyle, sleeping over at the palace and stuff, he liked it so much he wanted a share in the spoils.
    • Seeking to launder the spoils of a diamond heist, he visited the studio of Nicolas Poussin in early 1631 and purchased two paintings.
    • Then comes the division of spoils, with a good amount going to the church, and widows and children, before the division among the outlaws.
    • He goes along with Jan's revolutionary mumbo-jumbo but has no qualms about helping himself to the spoils of war.
    • When women refuse to be exchanged as war spoils, brides, or sacrifices, the system that was supposed to be cemented by these exchanges instead breaks down.
    • According to traditional practice, the spoils are carried along in the procession.
    • It's important that I get a fair share of the spoils.
    • Locksley cheers the castle's demise, and tells his men to collect their spoils and bring them to the forest for equal division among the men.
    • He is able to reign in the outlaws when necessary, as when spoils are being split.
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    • Severe compaction sometimes occurs when the spoil or topsoil material is moved when too wet during the reclamation process.
    • These tests have yielded two species well-suited for planting on mine spoils or along roadsides.
    • Each labourer had his troop of small boys, carrying the excavation spoils in baskets to the surface.
    • It also looks at how existing spoil heaps are being leveled and landscaped.
    • Steeped in stress because a spoil heap left from strip-mining threatens to crash down on his home, he spends most of his time sitting on a bicycle seat atop a 40-foot flag pole.
    • Down there in the mud the diggers heap spoil into piles.
    • In strip mine spoils in southeastern Ohio, values may be as low as pH 2.0.
    • In addition, all the run-off of the spoil caused the river to silt up and make it useless for navigation.
    • For corn, select only those sites where the mixed topsoil-upper subsoil placed over the spoil is of silt-loam or silty-clay loam texture.