patalear

patalear(
pah
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to stomp one's feet on the ground)
a. to stamp
Los niños hambrientos pataleaban y golpeaban los cubiertos sobre la mesa.The hungry children stamped and hit their forks and knives on the table.
b. to stomp one's feet
El baterista precalentó las piernas pataleando sobre el piso.The drummer warmed up his legs by stomping his feet on the floor.
2. (to kick one's legs in the air)
a. to kick
Acuéstate de espalda, levanta las piernas y patalea como si estuvieras andando en bicicleta.Lay on your back, raise your legs, and kick as if you were on a bike.
b. to kick about
El bebé lloraba y pataleaba.The baby was crying and kicking about.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to protest)
a. to make a fuss
No voy a cambiar de parecer por más que patalees.You can make a fuss but I'm not going to change my mind.
b. to kick up a fuss
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Mi hijo pataleó porque no le compré un chocolate en el quiosco.My son kicked up a fuss because I didn't buy him chocolate at the kiosk.
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patalear
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (en el aire)
a. to kick about
2. (en el suelo)
a. to stamp one's feet
patalear
intransitive verb
1 (en el suelo) to stamp (angrily)
2 [+bebé, niño] to kick out
3 (protestar) to protest; (montar follón) to make a fuss
por mí, que patalee as far as I'm concerned he can make all the fuss he likes
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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