se libró incluso a tiro limpio

21:11 Feb 13, 2016
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / Film History
Spanish term or phrase: se libró incluso a tiro limpio
I'm translating a text as a practice exercise, and I'm stuck on the expression listed. It is used figuratively in this text, since no one actually dies or has a "clean shot," literally. Here is the context:

"Viendo las perspectivas de este negocio, y basándose en su patente sobre el kinetoscopio, Thomas Alva Edison intentó tomar el control de los derechos sobre la explotación del cinematógrafo. El asunto no solo llegó a juicio, de Edison contra los llamados productores independientes, sino que se libró incluso a tiro limpio."

Any insight for me? Thanks for your suggestions.

Jeff Gotfredson
United States
Local time: 20:39

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3it led to a shooting spree
Muriel Vasconcellos
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a tiro limpio
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro

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it led to a shooting spree

"Se libró" in the sense of 'freed up'

Muriel Vasconcellos
United States
Local time: 18:39
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Reference: a tiro limpio

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Hola Jeff: No es lo mismo "tiro limpio" que "a tiro limpio"

Un tiro limpio = a clean shot
A tiro limpio = shooting spree

Ejemplos de este uso:

"Se las arreglan para que una matanza a tiro limpio parezca algo acogedor" = "They manage to make a shooting spree sound cosy"

"Trataremos de huir a tiro limpio" = "We'll have a chance to shoot our way out" tir...

Por otra parte, el título de la película "Shooting Spree" se tradujo al español como "A tiro limpio"

DTCNews: Dominican Republic Exhibits Films in Havana
Mar 3, 2014 - The event also presented the fiction short-length film “A tiro limpio” (Shooting Spree)

Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
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agree  Charles Davis: Or a shoot-out.
36 mins
  -> Sí, ya sabía yo que había otra forma mejor de decirlo, pero no me venía a la cabeza. Saludos Charles.
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