irse a pique

irse a pique
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to wreck)
a. to sink
El capitán no pudo hacer nada. El barco pesquero se fue a pique.There was nothing the captain could do. The fishing boat sank.
b. to go under
El acorazado se fue a pique luego de ser impactado por tres torpedos.The battleship went under after being hit by three torpedoes.
c. to founder
El buque mercante se fue a pique cerca de la costa de Noruega.The merchant ship foundered near the Norwegian coast.
2. (to fail)
a. to go under
La empresa familiar se fue a pique cuando asumió Ernesto.The family business went under when Ernesto took over.
b. to plummet
Las inversiones se fueron a pique cuando salió a la luz el caso de corrupción.Investments plummeted when the corruption case came to light.
c. to fall through
Nuestro plan original se fue a pique, por lo que tuvimos que recurrir al plan B.Our original plan fell through, so we had to go with plan B.
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