dar vueltas
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dar vueltas
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
1. (to move in circles)
a. to go round
El viento soplaba con fuerza y las aspas del molino daban vueltas a gran velocidad.The wind was blowing hard and the blades of the mill were going round at high speed.
b. to turn
El cilindro da vueltas sobre un eje vertical.The cylinder turns on a vertical axis at a constant speed.
c. to spin
Los electrones dan vueltas alrededor del núcleo del átomo.The electrons spin around the nucleus of the atom.
d. to revolve
Todos los planetas del sistema solar dan vueltas alrededor del sol.All the planets in the solar system revolve around the sun.
e. to rotate
El ventilador de techo daba vueltas sobre nuestras cabezas, pero todo lo que hacía era desplazar el aire caliente.The ceiling fan was rotating over our heads, but all it did was move the hot air around.
f. to go round and round
La peonza daba vueltas y los niños la miraban extasiados.The top was going round and round and the children were looking at it in ecstasy.
g. to toss and turn (in bed)
¿Quieres dejar de dar vueltas, por favor? No me dejas dormir.Will you stop tossing and turning, please? You won't let me sleep.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los niños daban vueltas en torno a la fuente gritando y riéndose.The children were circling the fountain screaming and laughing.
Los buitres daban vueltas alrededor del moribundo antílope.The vultures were circling the dying antelope.
2. (to go from one place to another)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Era temporada alta y tuvimos que dar muchas vueltas para encontrar una habitación de hotel.It was high season and we had to go from pillar to post to find a hotel room.
Nos pasamos horas dando vueltas por el centro de la ciudad hasta que encontramos la tienda que buscábamos.We spent hours going all over the city center until we found the store we were looking for.
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