echar abajo

A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to demolish)
a. to pull down (building)
Ya echaron abajo ese edificio ruinoso que estaba en la calle mayor.They've already pulled down that dilapidated building on the main street.
b. to break down (door)
Como los atracadores no habrían la puerta, la policía la echó abajo.As the bank robbers wouldn't open the door, the police broke it down.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to overthrow)
a. to bring down
Los rebeldes consiguieron echar abajo al gobierno.The rebels managed to bring down the government.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to frustrate)
a. to wreck
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
El mal tiempo que hizo el fin de semana echó abajo nuestros planes.The bad weather over the weekend wrecked our plans.
b. to dash
La negativa de la universidad a concederme una beca echó abajo mis esperanzas de hacer una carrera.The university's refusal to grant me a scholarship dashed my hopes of doing a degree.
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