pair off

pair off
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. (people)
a. emparejar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (people)
a. emparejarse
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pair off
transitive verb
1 (as couple) emparejar
my friends are always trying to pair me off with eligible males the offspring of royal houses were paired off for political reasons
everyone was paired off todo el mundo estaba emparejado or tenía pareja; they are always trying to pair her off siempre están intentando buscarle pareja
2 (group in twos) agrupar por parejas
people are paired off according to their level of competence se agrupa a las personas por parejas de acuerdo con su nivel de aptitud
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (as a couple, team) formar pareja(s)
Rachel and Chris were together, Livy and Caroline paired off the four of us tended to pair off and only come together at meal times
2 (Zool) aparearse; formar pareja
all our other gorillas paired off with partners
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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