Spanish word of the week: prisa

la prisa NOUN rush; hurry

Prisa is often used with the verb tener:

Tenemos prisa. We are in a hurry.
No tengo mucha prisa. I’m in no great hurry.

So it’s used in the same structure as phrases you probably already know, such as tener sed, to be thirsty and tener hambre, to be hungry.

In another very common expression prisa goes with the verb dar used reflexively:

darse prisa to hurry up
¡Date prisa, que vas a perder el tren! Hurry up or you’ll miss the train!

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