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"Writhe" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "retorcerse", and "squirm" is an intransitive verb which is also often translated as "retorcerse". Learn more about the difference between "writhe" and "squirm" below.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to squirm)
a. retorcerse
He was kicked in the stomach and fell to the floor, writhing in agony.Le dieron una patada en el estómago y cayó al suelo, retorciéndose de dolor.
2. (to suffer emotionally)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It makes me writhe to think of the awful things I said to him.Me muero de vergüenza al pensar en las cosas terribles que le dije.
She writhed with uncontrollable jealousy.Los celos la consumían totalmente.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to twist about)
a. retorcer
The dance involves writhing your arms about in all sorts of shapes.El baile consiste en retorcer los brazos en todo tipo de formas.
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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.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(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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