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a palo seco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (sin accesorios, directamente)say [sth] bluntly v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  just like that exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 ¿Y me dices que mi madre ha muerto así, a palo seco?
 You're telling me bluntly like this that my mother has died?
a palo seco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (sin comer) (drink)straight advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  on its own exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Se bebió tres chupitos de tequila a palo seco, sin comer nada.
 He downed three straight tequila shots without eating anything.
a palo seco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (embarcación: velas recogidas)under bare poles exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Se ve que la embarcación está a palo seco, tiene todas las velas recogidas.
 You can see that the boat is sailing under bare poles. The sails are all gathered up.
a palo seco loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (sin beber)wash down vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
 Se comió una caja de polvorones a palo seco. No sé cómo no se atragantó.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. He washed down a whole bottle of whisky.
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