pillar


pillar
v.
1 to catch.
pillar una pulmonía/un taxi (informal) to catch pneumonia/a taxi
2 to knock down.
3 to get (informal) (chiste, explicación).
no lo pillo I don't get it
4 to catch red-handed, to catch, to catch out, to catch unawares.
Elsa sorprendió al ladrón Elsa caught out the thief.
5 to pillage, to ransack, to loot, to plunder.
Los vikingos piratean las villas The Vikings pirate the villages.
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pillar
verbo transitivo
1 (coger) to catch
2 familiar (robar) to nick
3 familiar (atropellar) to run over
4 familiar (entender) to catch, get, grasp
verbo intransitivo
1 familiar (encontrarse) to be
me pilla muy cerca de casa it's very near home
te pilla un poco lejos it's a long way for you to go
te pilla de camino it's on your way
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verb
1) to catch
2) get
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1. VT
1) (=atrapar) to catch

nunca lo pillo en casa — I can never catch him at home

lo pilló la policía — the police caught o nabbed * him

el perro le pilló el pantalón — the dog caught his trouser leg

me pilló el dedo con la puerta — he got my finger caught in the door

¡como te pille ...! — if I get hold of you ...!

2) * (=tomar, coger) to catch, get

pillar el autobús — to catch o get the bus

píllame un asiento al lado tuyo — grab me a seat beside you *

3) (=sorprender) to catch

lo pillé fumando — I caught him smoking

¡te he pillado! — caught o got you!

4) (=alcanzar) to catch up with

salí corriendo y la pillé a medio camino — I ran out and caught up with her on the way

5) (=atropellar) to hit, run over

la pilló una moto — she was hit by a motorbike

6) [+ resfriado, pulmonía] to catch, get

pillar una borrachera — to get drunk

7) * [+ puesto] to get, land
8) [+ broma, significado] to get, catch on to
2.
VI Esp
*

me pilla lejos — it's too far for me

me pilla muy cerca — it's handy o near for me

me pilla de camino — it's on my way

3.
See:
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1.
verbo transitivo
1) (fam)
a) (atrapar) to catch

me pilló la policía — the police caught o (colloq) nabbed me

le pilló un dedo — it caught o trapped her finger

b) (por sorpresa) to catch

te pillé! — caught o got you!

nos pilló la lluvia — we got caught in the rain

c) <catarro/resfriado> to catch
2) (Esp fam)
a) coche to hit

me pilla de camino — it's on my way

me pilla lejos — it's a bit far for me

3) (fam)
a) <sentido/significado> to get (colloq)
b) <ganga> to pick up (colloq)
2.
pillarse v pron (fam) <dedos/manga> to catch
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= get + caught.
Ex. The librarian should distinguish big from little problems to avoid getting caught in a situation that is rapid-fire and not effective.
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* no pillar Algo = go (way) over + Posesivo + head.
* no pillar la idea = miss + the point.
* pillar a Alguien con las manos en la masa = catch + Nombre + red-handed.
* pillar a Alguien desprevenido = catch + Nombre + off-guard, catch + Nombre + napping, catch + Nombre + flat-footed.
* pillar a Alguien in fraganti = catch + Nombre + red-handed, catch + Nombre + in the act.
* pillar a Alguien por sorpresa = catch + Nombre + napping, catch + Nombre + off-guard, catch + Nombre + flat-footed.
* pillar con chinchetas = thumbtack.
* pillar contra = pin + Nombre + against.
* pillar desprevenido = take + Nombre + unawares.
* pillar por sorpresa = take + Nombre + unawares.
* pillar un enfriamiento = catch + a chill.
* pillar un resfriado de muerte = catch + Posesivo + death (of cold).
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1.
verbo transitivo
1) (fam)
a) (atrapar) to catch

me pilló la policía — the police caught o (colloq) nabbed me

le pilló un dedo — it caught o trapped her finger

b) (por sorpresa) to catch

te pillé! — caught o got you!

nos pilló la lluvia — we got caught in the rain

c) <catarro/resfriado> to catch
2) (Esp fam)
a) coche to hit

me pilla de camino — it's on my way

me pilla lejos — it's a bit far for me

3) (fam)
a) <sentido/significado> to get (colloq)
b) <ganga> to pick up (colloq)
2.
pillarse v pron (fam) <dedos/manga> to catch
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= get + caught.

Ex: The librarian should distinguish big from little problems to avoid getting caught in a situation that is rapid-fire and not effective.

* no pillar Algo = go (way) over + Posesivo + head.
* no pillar la idea = miss + the point.
* pillar a Alguien con las manos en la masa = catch + Nombre + red-handed.
* pillar a Alguien desprevenido = catch + Nombre + off-guard, catch + Nombre + napping, catch + Nombre + flat-footed.
* pillar a Alguien in fraganti = catch + Nombre + red-handed, catch + Nombre + in the act.
* pillar a Alguien por sorpresa = catch + Nombre + napping, catch + Nombre + off-guard, catch + Nombre + flat-footed.
* pillar con chinchetas = thumbtack.
* pillar contra = pin + Nombre + against.
* pillar desprevenido = take + Nombre + unawares.
* pillar por sorpresa = take + Nombre + unawares.
* pillar un enfriamiento = catch + a chill.
* pillar un resfriado de muerte = catch + Posesivo + death (of cold).

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pillar [A1 ]
vt
A
1 (fam) (atrapar) to catch
corre, corre que te pillo go on! run, or I'll catch o I'll get you
me pilló la policía the police caught o (colloq) nabbed me
me has pillado de casualidad, estaba a punto de salir you were lucky to catch me, I was just going out
le pilló un dedo it caught o trapped her finger, she got her finger caught o trapped in it
2 (fam) (por sorpresa) to catch
¡ajá, te pillé! aha, caught o got you!
no me pilla de nuevas it doesn't surprise me
nos pilló la lluvia sin paraguas we got caught in the rain without an umbrella
3 (fam); ‹catarro/resfriado› to catch
pillamos una curda we got plastered o hammered (colloq)
B (Esp fam)
1 «coche» (atropellar) to hit
casi lo pilla un coche he nearly got run over, he nearly got hit by a car
2
(quedar): me pilla de camino it's on my way
me pilla bastante lejos it's a bit far for me
C
1 (fam); ‹sentido/significado› to get (colloq), to grasp
2 (fam); ‹ganga› to get, pick up (colloq)
pillarse
v pron
A (fam); ‹dedos/manga› to catch
se pilló los dedos con la ventana he caught o trapped his fingers in the window
B (RPl fam) (hacer pis) to wet oneself
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pillar (conjugate pillar) verbo transitivo
1 (fam)
a) (atrapar) to catch;

le pilló un dedo it caught o trapped her finger;

¡te pillé! caught o got you!
b)catarro/resfriadoto catch

2 (Esp fam) [coche] to hit
pillarse verbo pronominal (fam) ‹dedos/mangato catch
pillar verbo transitivo
1 (una cosa, enfermedad) to catch
2 (atropellar) to run over
3 (sorprender) to catch
4 (un chiste, una idea) to get
5 (robar) to steal ➣ Ver nota en catch
♦ Locuciones: me pilla de camino, it's on my way
'pillar' also found in these entries:
Spanish:
agarrar
- braga
- camino
- mano
- marrón
- mona
- pilar
- toro
- alcanzar
- cachar
- columna
- desprevenido
- pescar
- pilón
English:
catch
- find out
- get
- have
- nail
- pants
- pillage
- pillar
- pillar box
- red-handed
- surprise
- duck
- hop
- plinth
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pillar
vt
1. [tomar, atrapar] to catch;
pillar un taxi to catch a taxi;
me pillas de casualidad you were lucky to catch me;
¿a que no me pillas? bet you can't catch me;
un árbol cayó y le pilló la pierna a tree fell and trapped his leg;
Comp
aquí te pillo y aquí te mato I'm not letting a chance like that go to waste
2. [sorprender] to catch;
lo pillé leyendo mi diario I caught him reading my diary;
el terremoto me pilló fuera del país the earthquake struck while I was out of the country
3. [atropellar] to knock down;
lo pilló un autobús he got knocked down by a bus
4. Fam [pulmonía, resfriado] to catch;
pillamos una borrachera tremenda we got really drunk
5. Fam [chiste, explicación] to get;
no lo pillo I don't get it
6. Esp Fam [comprar] to get
7. Esp Fam [droga] to get (hold of)
vi
Esp [hallarse, coger]
me pilla lejos it's out of the way for me;
me pilla de camino it's on my way
See also the pronominal verb pillarse
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pillar
v/t
1 (tomar) seize
2 (atrapar) catch
3 (atropellar) hit
4 chiste get
4
:
me pilla muy cerca it’s very handy for me;
me pilla de camino it’s on my way;
pillar a alguien de sorpresa catch s.o. by surprise
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pillar vt
1) fam : to catch
¡cuidado! ¡nos pillarán!: watch out! they'll catch us!
2) fam : to grasp, to catch on
¿no lo pillas?: don't you get it?
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pillar vb
1. (coger) to catch [pt. & pp. caught]
pillé un catarro I caught a cold
pillaron al cajero con el dinero they caught the cashier with the money
me pillé el dedo con la puerta del coche I got my finger caught in the car door
2. (atropellar) to run over [pt. ran; pp. run]
al gato lo pilló un coche the cat got run over by a car
3. (encontrarse) to be
me pilla muy cerca de casa it's very near my house
la biblioteca me pilla de camino the library is on my way

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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