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Engavetado

I think it's a Mexican term, and I'm not sure what it means. Does someone know?
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Old December 02, 2014, 12:17 PM
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I've never heard it.

Without any context, this might be used to talk about something (literally or figuratively) put away in a "gaveta". In that case it might be a synonym of "encerrado", "archivado", "guardado"...
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In the dictionary of the Real Academia Española "engavetar" indeed refers to what Angelica mentioned above, but also has this meaning:

"Detener o paralizar un asunto o un documento voluntariamente."

So it seems indeed about putting something away, either literally or figuratively speaking.

P.S. According to the dictionary this is a term used in Cuba, El Salvador and Venezuela.
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That's indeed what the dictionary says. Never heard the verb before. Thanks, Manuel.
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engafetado maybe?
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No, I hadn't heard that either. What's your context?
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"Engafetar" means "encorchetar", "poner corchetes".

But the context should give the best clues...
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I think in context the speaker meant bracketed in--como un trabajador que está engafetado en lo que hace, y no tiene el tiempo o deseo hacer caso del ambiente.
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You mean, kind of "saddled with a boring job"...?
Or more in the sense of being totally focused (even "obsessed"?) in his work?

In Spain I may use something like "enfrascado" (buried in or totally absorbed in one's work... "immersed oneself in one's work")
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Old December 04, 2014, 07:13 AM
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I can't find anything that has such meaning following your "sound pattern".

I agree with "enfrascado" if it means the worker is willfully focusing on his job; that, in Mexican slang would be "clavado", "metido":

- Juan está tan clavado en el libro, que no nos escuchó llegar.
- Estábamos tan metidos en el trabajo, que se nos hizo tarde sin darnos cuenta.
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