fregar
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fregar(
freh
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gahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make clean)
a. to wash
¿Has fregado las tazas?Have you washed the cups?
b. to clean
¿Has fregado los cristales de las ventanas?Have you cleaned the windows?
c. to scrub
Friega las cacerolas con el estropajo.Scrub the pans with the scourer.
d. to mop
Ten cuidado; acabo de fregar el suelo.Be careful; I've just mopped the floor.
2. (to harass)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to annoy
Deja de fregar a mi hermano o tendremos pelea.Stop annoying my brother or there'll be a fight.
b. to pester
Mi ex me fregaba a todas horas mandándome mensajes al celular.My ex used to pester me all the time by sending me text messages.
c. to bother
Sigue fregándome y te llevarás un puñetazo.If you go on bothering me like this, I'll punch you.
3. (to spoil)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to ruin
Este resfriado me va a fregar el fin de semana.This cold is going to ruin my weekend.
b. to mess up
Sus padres volvieron antes de tiempo y nos fregaron la noche.Their parents came back early and messed up the evening for us.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to murder)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to off
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Al Chucho lo fregaron saliendo del antro.They offed Chucho as he was coming out of the club.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to clean the dirty dishes)
a. to wash the dishes
Me gusta cocinar, pero no fregar.I like cooking, but not washing the dishes.
b. to do the dishes
¡Qué postre más rico! ¿Ahora quién va a fregar?What a delicious dessert! Now who's going to do the dishes?
c. to do the washing-up (United Kingdom)
No te olvides de fregar antes de irte.Don't forget to do the washing-up before leaving.
d. to wash up (United Kingdom)
Yo seco, pero le toca a Eduardo fregar.I'll dry, but it's Eduardo's turn to wash up.
6. (to rub)
a. to scrub
Si no quieres fregar, deja los platos en remojo.If you don't want to scrub, leave the dishes to soak.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to cause annoyance)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to be a nuisance
Ya está el chico de arriba fregando otra vez con esa música.There's the guy from upstairs again being a nuisance with that music.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to joke)
a. to kid
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡No friegues! ¿De verdad viste a Elvis ayer?You're kidding! Did you really see Elvis yesterday?
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to achieve)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to do
¿A poco llevaron el premio mayor? - Sí, ¡ya fregamos!Did you really win the grand prize? - Yes, we did it!
fregarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (to spoil)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to be ruined
El concierto se fregó cuando apareció la policía.The concert was ruined when the police showed up.
b. to be messed up
Se fregaron mis vacaciones; tengo que trabajar esa semana.That's my holidays messed up; I have to work that week.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to put up with)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to deal with
Me vale que no te gustan las verduras; te friegas y te las comes.I couldn't care less that you don't like vegetables; you'll just have to deal with it and eat them.
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to damage)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to do in
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me fregué las rodillas esquiando.I did my knees in skiing.
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fregar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (limpiar)
a. to wash
fregar los platosto wash the dishes to do the washing-up
fregar el sueloto mop the floor
2. (frotar)
a. to scrub
3. (colloquial)
a. to bother, to pester
4. (estropear)
a. to bust
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (limpiar)
a. to clean
6. (frotar)
a. to scrub
7. (limpiar los platos)
a. to wash the dishes
b. to do the washing-up (United Kingdom)
8. (colloquial)
a. to be a pain
¡no friegues!you're kidding!, you can't be serious!
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
se nos han fregado las vacacionesthat's gone and messed our holidays up
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fregar
transitive verb
1 (limpiar) (con fregona) to mop; wash; (con estropajo, cepillo) to scrub; (con esponja, trapo) to wash
me hacía trabajar para ella fregando escaleras El domingo por la tarde ordenó fregar minuciosamente con alcohol los dos reactores de ejecutivos.
fregar los cacharros o los platos to wash the dishes; do the washing up; wash up
te toca a ti hoy fregar los cacharros
2 (Latinoamérica) (fastidiar) [+persona] to annoy
lo hicieron para fregar a la competencia they did it to annoy the competition; ¡no me friegues! (expresando molestia) don't be a nuisance!; stop bothering me!; (expresando asombro) you're kidding! (familiar)
fregar la paciencia o (familiar) la cachimba a algn (Chile) to pester sb (familiar)
3 (Latinoamérica) (malograr) [+planes] to ruin; mess up; [+fiesta] to ruin; [+aparato] to wreck
me fregaron con el cambio de horario the timetable change really messed me up; le fregaron el taxi con el choque his taxi was wrecked in the crash
4 (S. Cone) to fuck (vulgar); screw (vulgar)
5 (Caribe) (pegar) to beat up; (Dep) to beat; thrash
intransitive verb
1 (fregar los platos) to wash the dishes; do the washing up; wash up
siempre friega después de comer Las mujeres siguen limpiando la casa, arreglando la ropa, lavando, cocinando, planchando, haciendo la compra, fregando, atendiendo a parientes enfermos y llevando los niños al colegio
2 (fregar el suelo) (con fregona) to wash the floor; mop the floor; (con cepillo) to scrub the floor
no entres en el salón que estoy fregando son mujeres eminentemente prácticas, barren y friegan, andan entre pucheros,
3 (Latinoamérica) (molestar) to annoy
ya viene el vecino a fregar otra vez here comes the neighbour to annoy us again; ¡no friegues! (expresando asombro) you're kidding! (familiar)
pronominal verb
fregarse (Latinoamérica)
1 (aguantarse)
unos pocos se llenan los bolsillos y nosotros nos tenemos que fregar a few line their pockets and we have to grin and bear it; si nos descubren, nos fregamos if they find us, we've had it o we're done for (familiar)
2 (malograrse) [+planes] to be ruined; be messed up; [+fiesta] to be ruined
3 (dañarse) [+pierna, rodilla] to do in (familiar)
me fregué la espalda levantando sacos I did my back in lifting sacks (familiar)
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Phrases with "fregar"
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fregar los platos
to do the dishes
fregar el suelo
to mop the floor
fregar el piso
to mop the floor
fregar los trastes
to do the dishes
fregar la vajilla
to do the dishes
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