This idiom may be literally translated as "to open way."
abrirse paso
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 go ahead in spite of obstacles)
a. to make one's way
No es fácil abrirse paso solo una vez que terminas la universidad.It's not easy to make your way on your own once you finish college.
b. to forge one's way
Abrirse paso al éxito en el mundo moderno presenta grandes desafíos.Forging your way to success in the modern world poses great challenges.
2. (to elbow your way)
a. to make one's way
El hombre se abrió paso entre la multitud para ver qué ocurría.The man made his way through the crowd to see what was happening.
b. to forge one's way
Los paramédicos se abrieron camino entre los curiosos para llegar al hombre que yacía en la calle.The paramedics forged their way through the onlookers to the man who was lying on the street.
abrir paso
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (idiom) (to help pass or move ahead; often used with "a")
a. to make way (idiom)
Un patrullero abría paso a la ambulancia.A patrol car made way for the ambulance.
b. clear the way (idiom)
Por favor, abran paso al personal sanitario y a las camillas.Please clear the way for the paramedics and the stretchers.
c. to step aside
¡Soy médico! ¡Abran paso, por favor!I'm a doctor! Step aside, please!
4. (idiom) (to make something new possible or available; used with "a")
a. to clear the way for (idiom)
Un desbloqueo de las negociaciones abriría paso a un acuerdo entre la patronal y el sindicato.Breaking the deadlock in the negotiations would clear the way for an agreement between management and the union.
b. to make way for (idiom)
La erosión y la acción del hombre y otros seres vivos abrieron paso a una nueva forma de paisaje.Erosion and the action of humans and other living beings made way for a new form of landscape.
c. to give way to (idiom)
Es hora de que los viejos políticos abran paso a una nueva generación.It's time the old politicians gave way to the new generation.
d. to herald
La invención del teléfono celular abrió paso a una nueva era de las telecomunicaciones.The invention of the cellphone heralded a new era in telecommunications.
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