apalancar
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apalancar(
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pah
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lahn
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kahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to move with a lever)
a. to lever
Apalanca la tapa de la caja un poco y verás que enseguida sale.Just lever the lid of the box a little and it will easily come off.
b. to lever open
Los ladrones apalancaron la puerta de la casa.The burglars levered open the door to the house.
c. to jack open
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Alguien había apalancado la cajuela del coche y se había llevado las mochilas.Someone had jacked open the trunk and stolen the backpacks.
d. to lever up
No vas a poder mover esa piedra si no la apalancas.You won't move that rock unless you lever it up.
e. to jack up
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Apalancaremos el coche y le cambiaremos la llanta.We'll jack up the car and change the tire.
apalancarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to get comfortable)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to settle down
Ayúdame a recoger la mesa antes de que te apalanques en el sofá.Help me clear the table before you settle down on the sofa.
b. to kick back
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nos apalancamos en casa y no salimos en todo el finde.We just kicked back and stayed home for the weekend.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to go and live; used with "en")
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to ensconce oneself
Mis primos de Australia se apalancaron en mi casa hace ya casi un mes y no parece que tengan intención de marcharse.My Australian cousins ensconced themselves in my place almost a month ago and it looks like they have no intention of leaving.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to get into a rut)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to get stuck in a rut
Sanz alcanzó el éxito con su segundo álbum y después se apalancó.Sanz's second album was a hit, but then she got stuck in a rut.
b. to go to seed
Conviene no apalancarse cuando uno se hace mayor.You shouldn't let yourself go to seed when you get old.
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apalancar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (para abrir)
a. to lever open
2. (para mover)
a. to lever
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
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apalancar
transitive verb
1 (para levantar) to lever up
2 (para abrir) to prise o prize off; (EEUU) lever off
tuve que apalancar la tapa del arcón para poder sacar las llaves
3 (S. Cone)
apalancar a algn to wangle a job for sb (familiar)
pronominal verb
apalancarse
1 (apoltronarse) to settle down
se apalanca en el sofá y no se mueve en toda la tarde he settles down on the sofa and doesn't budge all afternoon
2 (apoyarse) to prop o.s. (up)
se apalancó en la barra del bar y acabó borracho he propped himself (up) on the bar and ended up drunk
3 (instalarse) to settle in
no quiero que se apalanque en mi piso I don't want him taking up residence in my flat
4 (estancarse) to vegetate; go to seed
se mudó al pueblo y se apalancó she moved to the village and just vegetated o went to seed
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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