hurgar en

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hurgar en
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 look through)
a. to dig around in
Carmen hurgó en su cartera en busca de un pintalabios.Carmen dug around in her purse for a lipstick.
b. to dig through
Un anciano andrajoso estaba hurgando en la basura.A shabby old man was digging through the trash.
c. to dig in
Los niños y yo estábamos hurgando en la arena y encontramos una concha enorme.The children and I were digging in the sand and we found this huge conch.
d. to rummage around in
Hurgué en los cajones de la cocina, pero no encontré un destapador.I rummaged around in the kitchen drawers, but I couldn't find a bottle opener.
e. to rummage through
Encontraron este celular cuando hurgaban en los escombros tras el sismo.They found this cellphone while rummaging through the debris after the earthquake.
f. to rummage in
Hurgué en mis bolsillos en busca del encendedor.I rummaged in my pockets for the lighter.
2. (to nose around in)
a. to poke around in
Sorprendí a Claudia hurgando en mi alcoba.I caught Claudia poking around in my bedroom.
b. to poke one's nose into
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿A ti quién te manda hurgar en mis papeles?Who told you you could poke your nose into my papers?
3. (to find hidden information in)
a. to delve into
Algunos periodistas viven de hurgar en las vidas de los famosos.Some journalists make a living out of delving into the lives of celebrities.
b. to dig up
Alguien que hurgó en el pasado de la Sra. Cushing descubrió que había estado casada.Someone who dug up Mrs. Cushing's past found out that she had been married.
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