apañarse
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apañarse(
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to cope)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to manage
No sé cómo mi abuela se apañó para criar a diez hijos.I don't know how my grandmother managed to raise ten children.
b. to get by
Me apaño viviendo en un piso pequeño, no me hace falta más.I get by living in a small flat; I don't need more.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to take unlawfully)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to steal
Me apañé estas botas en el tianguis.I stole these boots from the outdoor market.
apañar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to manipulate)
a. to fix
El equipo dijo que habían apañado el partido porque no ganaron.The team said that the game had been fixed because they didn't win.
b. to rig
Los responsables de apañar las elecciones irán a la cárcel si se demuestra.Those responsible for rigging the election will go to jail if they're found out.
4. (to repair)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to fix
Mi padre apañó el horno usando su caja de herramientas.My father fixed the oven using his tool box.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to protect)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. to cover up
La policía cree que el cómplice apañó el delito de su amigo.The police thinks that the accomplice covered up his friend's crime.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to apprehend)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to catch
Oye, acaba la tira de apañar a tu tío.Hey, the fuzz just caught your uncle.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to take unlawfully)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to steal
¿Apañaste ese celular?Did you steal that phone?
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to accompany)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. to go with
Tengo que ir al doctor hoy. - ¿Quieres que te apañe?I have to go to the doctor today? - Do you want me to go with you?
9. (to seize)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
Regionalism used in Panama
(Panama)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
a. to catch
¡Toma! A ver si la apañas.Here! See if you can catch it.
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apañar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (reparar)
a. to mend
2. (amañar)
a. to fix, to arrange
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (arreglarse)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to cope, to manage
se apaña con muy poco dineroshe gets by on very little money
apañárselas (para hacer algo)to manage (to do something)
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apañar
transitive verb
1 (arreglar) to fix
¿me puedes apañar esta radio rota? can you fix this broken radio for me?
2 (preparar) to get ready
apañó una cena con pocos ingredientes he put together a dinner with just a few ingredients; apañó la mesa antes de que llegaran los comensales she got the table ready before the guests arrived; apaña al niño que nos vamos pronto get the child ready, we'll be going soon
3 (amañar) [+elecciones] to rig (familiar); fix (familiar)
apañaron las votaciones en varias provincias el partido del gobierno apañó el resultado electoral
4 (México) (perdonar) to forgive; let off
5 (S. Cone) (encubrir) [+crimen] to cover up; [+criminal] to harbour; harbor; (EEUU) hide
pronominal verb
apañarse
1 (also apañárselas) to manage; get by
yo me (las) apaño muy bien solo I manage o get by very well on my own; yo me (las) apaño con poco dinero I get by o manage without much money; ya me (las) apañaré por mi cuenta I'll manage o get by on my own; apáñate(las) como puedas you'll have to manage as best you can; apáñate(las) con lo que tengas make do with what you've got; ya me (las) apañaré para llegar a Sevilla I'll find a way of getting to Seville somehow
2 especialmente (S. Cone)
apañarse algo to get one's hands on sth; get hold of sth
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