hurgar
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hurgar(
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gahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to search; used with "en" or "entre")
a. to dig around in
Cuando veo a la gente hurgando en los contenedores de basura, me siento fatal.When I see people digging around in garbage cans, I feel terrible.
b. to dig through
¡Deja de hurgar en mi mochila!Stop digging through my backpack!
c. to rummage around in
Sara hurgó en los bolsillos de la chaqueta de su novio en busca de un encendedor.Sara rummaged around in the pockets of her boyfriend's jacket in search of a lighter.
d. to rummage through
Los mapaches hurgaron en la basura.The raccoons rummaged through the trash.
2. (to nose around; used with "en" or "entre")
a. to poke around
Me enojé mucho cuando me enteré de que mi madre había hurgado en mi habitación.I was really mad when I found out my mother had been poking around in my room.
3. (to delve into; used with "en")
a. to dig up
No conviene hurgar en el pasado y sacar a relucir viejos rencores.It's not a good idea to dig up the past and bring up old grudges.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to scour)
a. to search
El ladrón había hurgado los cajones, y al ver el desorden me alarmé.The thief had searched the drawers, and when I saw the mess, I got frightened.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to pry into)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to poke one's nose into
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Descubrí a Pedro hurgando mis archivos y me enojé mucho.I caught Pedro poking his nose into my files and I got really mad.
hurgarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to insert a finger in)
a. to pick (nose, teeth)
Los niños no saben que hurgarse la nariz es de mala educación.Children don't know that it's rude to pick your nose.
7. (to search)
a. to rummage in
Tras hurgarse los bolsillos y no encontrar su cartera, Mario palideció.Mario went pale when he rummaged in his pockets and couldn't find his wallet.
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hurgar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (rebuscar)
a. to rummage around
2. (con dedo, palo)
a. to poke around
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
hurgarse la narizto pick one's nose
hurgarse los bolsillosto rummage around in one's pockets
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hurgar
transitive verb
1 [+herida] to poke; poke at; jab; [+fuego] to poke; rake
2 (Latinoamérica)
3 (incitar) to stir up; provoke
intransitive verb
(curiosear)
hurgar en to rummage in; hurgar en el bolsillo to feel in one's pocket; rummage in one's pocket
pronominal verb
hurgarse
hurgarse la nariz to pick one's nose
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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