descolgar
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descolgar(
dehs
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kohl
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gahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to get down)
a. to take down (a painting or the curtains)
Ayúdame a descolgar las cortinas. Necesitan un lavado.Help me take the curtains down. They need a wash.
2. (to move down)
a. to lower
El transportista utilizó una polea para descolgar el piano desde el balcón.The haulage contractor used a pulley to lower the piano from the balcony.
3. (to lift a telephone receiver)
a. to pick up
Descolgó el teléfono y marcó el número de su madre.He picked up the phone and dialed his mother's number.
4. (to answer the telephone)
a. to pick up
Suena el teléfono, pero cuando lo descuelgas, solo se oye un pitido.The telephone rings, but then, when you pick it up, all you hear is a beep.
5. (to disconnect the telephone)
a. to leave off the hook
Tuve que descolgar el teléfono porque no dejaba de sonar y me estaba distrayendo.I had to leave the phone off the hook because it wouldn't stop ringing and was very distracting.
descolgarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to descend)
a. to lower oneself
¿Viste a ese escalador que se descolgaba por la pared de roca?Did you see that climber lowering himself down the rock wall?
b. to let oneself down
Usando la trenza de la princesa como si fuera una cuerda, el príncipe se descolgó hasta el jardín.The prince let himself down to the garden using the princess's braid as a rope.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to be left behind)
a. to fall behind
El ciclista se descolgó del pelotón en el minuto 40 de la carrera.The cyclist fell behind the pack 40 minutes into the race.
b. to fall back
En la subida a la montaña, varios corredores se descolgaron del resto.Going up the mountain, several runners fell back from the rest.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to come out with)
a. to let drop
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Anoche mis padres van y se descuelgan con que se marchan a vivir a la India.Last night, my parents let it drop that they are moving to India.
b. to blurt out
No sabía la respuesta, y se descolgó con lo primero que se le vino a la cabeza.She didn't know the answer, and just blurted out the first thing that came to her head.
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descolgar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (una cosa colgada)
a. to take down
descolgar la ropato take down the washing
2. (teléfono)
a. to pick up, to take off the hook
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (bajar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
descolgarse (por algo)to let oneself down o to slide down (something)
4. (corredor; quedarse atrás)
a. to fall back behind
descolgarse deto break away from
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
descolgarse con queto come out with the idea that
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descolgar
transitive verb
1 [+cuadro, cortina] to take down; get down
desde una posición alta
descuelga el abrigo de ahí take the coat off there o down from there
2 [+teléfono] to pick up
dejó el teléfono descolgado he left the phone off the hook
3 [+competidor, pelotón] to pull away from
en la tercera vuelta consiguió descolgar a sus perseguidores
quedar descolgado to be left behind
pronominal verb
descolgarse
1 (bajar por una cuerda) to let o.s. down; lower o.s.
descolgarse por [+cuerda] to slip down; slide down; [+pared] to climb down; descolgarse por una montaña (escalando) to climb down the face of a mountain; (con cuerda) to lower o.s. down the face of a mountain
2 (aparecer inesperadamente) [+persona] to turn up unexpectedly; [+nube] set in unexpectedly; [+sol] to come out suddenly
descolgarse con una cifra to come up with a figure; descolgarse con una estupidez to come out with a silly remark; blurt out something silly
3 (Ciclismo)
descolgarse del pelotón to be left behind the group
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