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Maña

Maña is a word with many definitions, but in the context I heard it in it meant bad habits. In that context it could also be quirky, cranky, odd or eccentric. When used this way it is usually referring to an older person who is set in his ways.

The positive meaning of maña is a skill or a knack. Tener maña is to have a particular ability to do or manage something.

Idiomatic expression with maña: Más vale maña que fuerza. Brain is better than brawn.

 

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