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1(para alumbrar)candledarle a algn/tener vela en este entierro
- ¿a ti quién te ha dado vela en este entierro? — who asked for your opinion?
- aunque no tengo vela en este entierro … — I know this is none of my business, but …
- hasta que las velas no ardan — forever
2(vigilia)había pasado la noche en vela estudiando — she had been up all night studying
- estuvo en vela hasta que llegué — he couldn't get to sleep until I arrived
3.1(de barco)sailizar una vela — to hoist a sail
- arriar / recoger velas — to take down the sails
- (dar marcha atrás) al ver la reacción de los demás recogió velas — he backed down when he saw everyone's reaction
- no había logrado nada y decidió que era hora de recoger velas — he had achieved nothing and he decided it was time to throw in the towel / call it a day
- a toda vela — under full sail
- trabajar a toda vela — to work flat out
- íbamos a toda vela — we were going flat out / at full speed
- decirle vela verde a algn — to lay into sb
- estar a dos velas — (sin entender) to be completely lost / at sea
- hacerse a la vela — to set sail
- largar / desplegar velas — to catch the public eye
3.2(deporte)sailinghacer vela — to go sailing
4informal(de moco)siempre anda con la(s) vela(s) colgando — he always has a snotty nose informal
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