Translation of colar in English:

colar

to strain, v.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (verdura/pasta) to strain
    (verdura/pasta) to drain
    (caldo) to strain
    (té/infusión) to strain
  • 2

    (billete falso) to pass
    intentó colar un cheque sin fondos he tried to pass a dud check
  • 3

    les coló el cuento de que era abogado he spun them a yarn about his being a lawyer informal
  • 4

    Metallurgy
    to cast

intransitive verb

informal
  • 1

    no le vayas con esa historia porque no va a colar don't try telling him that because it won't wash informal

pronominal verb

  • 1informal

    • 1.1(en una cola)

      to push in informal
      to cut the line US
      to jump the queue British
      ojo que no se te cuele nadie make sure nobody pushes in (in) front of you informal

    • 1.2

      (en una fiesta) to gatecrash
      (en el cine) to sneak in without paying informal
      (en un autobús) to sneak on without paying informal
      los ladrones se colaron por una ventana the burglars slipped / sneaked in through a window
      • se colaron en el autobús they sneaked on to the bus without paying

  • 2

    • 2.1informal (entrar, penetrar)

      se cuela una corriente de aire por debajo de la puerta there's a draft coming in under the door
      • no dejes la puerta entreabierta porque se cuela el olor don't leave the door open, it'll let the smell in

    • 2.2Spain informal (equivocarse)

      to get it wrong informal
      to be wrong

    • 2.3Spain informal (enamorarse)

      colarse por algn to fall for sb informal