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"Cringe" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "encogerse", and "squirm" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "retorcerse". Learn more about the difference between "cringe" and "squirm" below.
cringe(
krihnj
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to cower)
a. encogerse
The police officer found the children cringing in fear in the closet.El policía encontró a los niños encogidos de miedo en el armario.
2. (to grovel; sometimes used with "before")
a. arrastrarse ante
The jester cringed before the king hoping to receive his favor.El bufón se arrastraba ante el rey esperando recibir sus favores.
3. (to feel embarrassed)
a. sentir vergüenza ajena
Rogelio's presentation was so poorly prepared that it made everyone cringe.La presentación de Rogelio estaba tan mal preparada que nos hizo sentir vergüenza ajena a todos.
b. morirse de verguenza
We couldn't help but cringe listening to Peter trying out pickup line after pickup line on the poor girl.Nos morimos de vergüenza escuchando a Peter echarle un piropo tras otro a la pobre chica.
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squirm
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to writhe)
a. retorcerse
Everyone was squirming with laughter during the ridiculous musical number.Todos se retorcían de risa durante el absurdo número musical.
b. revolverse
The children started squirming 30 minutes into the mass.Los niños empezaron a revolverse después de 30 minutos en misa.
2. (to be embarrassed)
a. avergonzarse
The students squirmed when the teacher touched on the topic of sex in class.Los alumnos se avergonzaron cuando el maestro tocó el tema del sexo en la clase.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to avoid; used with "out of")
a. escabullirse
I did all the cooking, so there's no way you're going to squirm out of doing the dishes.Yo cociné todo, así que de ningún modo te va a escabullir de lavar los platos.
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