abalanzarse sobre

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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to jump at or on)
a. to pounce on
El gato se abalanzó sobre el pajarillo, pero este escapó.The cat pounced on the little bird, but if flew away.
b. to fall on
Los niños se abalanzarán sobre el plato de dulces si no se lo escondes.The children will fall on the dish of sweets if you don't hide it from them.
c. to fall upon
El caballero desenvainó su espada y se abalanzó sobre la fiera.The knight drew his sword and fell upon the beast.
d. to lunge for
Estabamos muy nerviosos. Cada vez que el teléfono sonaba, todos nos abalanzábamos sobre él.We were very nervous. Every time the phone rang we all lunged for it.
e. to lunge at
El perturbado se abalanzó sobre mí con unas tijeras.That madman lunged at me with a pair of scissors.
f. to throw oneself at
El policía se abalanzó sobre mí y me salvó la vida.The policeman threw himself at me and saved my life.
g. to swoop down on
A lo lejos vimos al águila abalanzarse sobre su presa.We saw the eagle swoop down on its prey in the distance.
2. (to move quickly toward)
a. to run at
El hombre se abalanzaba sobre mí y yo me desmayé. Es todo lo que recuerdo.The man was running at me, and I passed out. That's all I remember.
b. to rush toward
Los fans se abalanzaron sobre su ídolo cuando salía de la limusina.The fans rushed toward their idol as he stepped out of the limousine.
c. to surge toward
Se abrieron las puertas de la tienda y la multitud de compradores se abalanzó sobre las mejores ofertas.The doors of the store opened, and the crowd of shoppers surged toward the best offers.
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