Dictionary: letter P

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pack in 1 stop [pack something in] (job, course, university) Leave something because you find it very difficult to continue. chuck in, jack in dejar

2 include [pack something in] Include or do as many things as possible. fit in

idiom pack it in (british, spoken) Tell somebody to stop doing something because it's annoying you.

pack up (insep) break (car, computer, system, machine) Stop working because of a serious problem. break down, pack in romperse

pan out (insep) Happen in a particular way. suceder

pass away (insep) Die. morir

pass on [pass something up] (information, message) Give something to another person. pasar

pass out (insep) Lose consciousness. black out come round, come to bring round, bring to desmayarse

pass up [pass something up] (deal, opportunity, chance, offer) Not take advantage of something. Discard. snap up, take up no aprovechar, dejar pasar

pass away die (insep) Die. Used to avoid the word 'die'. pass on morir

patch up [patch something up] (differences, quarrel, things, dispute, marriage, friendship) Be friends again. arreglar, resolver algo

pay in [pay something in] (money, cheque) Put money into a bank account.

pay off 1 succeed (insep) (plan, planning, gamble, risk, effort, hard work, patience, persistence) Be successful. valer la pena, dar frutos

2 [pay something off] (insep) (debt, loan, mortgage, creditor) Pay somebody all the money you owe them so that you are not in debt anymore. pagar, devolver

pencil in [pencil something in, pencil somebody in] Make a provisional arrangement or appointment. apuntar

perk up [perk somebody up, perk something up] Make somebody feel more energetic. liven up animar

peter out (insep) (track, road, voice, conversation, enthusiasm, supplies, engine, storm) Gradully become smaller or less intense and end. acabarse, apagarse

phase in [phase something in] Introduce something gradually or in stages. introducir gradualmente

phase out [phase something out] Stop something gradually or in stages. eliminar gradualmente

pick up 1 [pick somebody up, pick something up] (friend, passenger, hitchhiker) Collect somebody in your car. recoger

2 (man, woman) Be very friendly with somebdoy and start a sexual relationship with them. ligar con

3 (bag, glass, baby, phone) Lift something from somewhere. lift up recoger

4 (bill, tab, cheque) Pay for something. pagar

5 (language, idea, habit, English, word, rude words, job) Learn something easily, sometimes by chance and without much effort. aprender

6 (insep) (the economy, business, pace, prices, sales, speed, trade, demand, weather) Get better. mejorar

idiom pick up the pieces When you pick up the pieces, you try to go back to a satisfactory situation after things have gone wrong.

pig out [pick out, pig out on something] (junk food, fast food) Eat a lot of something. atiborrarse de

pin down [pick down, pin somebody down to something] (answer, date, time, price, problem) Force somebody to make a decision or to say clearly what their intentions are. nail down, peg down comprometer, forzar a concretar

pile in [pile in, pile something in] Arrive or enter a place in a disorganized way or in large numbers. apiñarse, amontonarse

pile on [pile on, pile something on] (criticism, pressure, pounds) Say or do too much of something. acumularse

pile up (insep) (bills, debts, work) Increase a lot and be difficult to manage. amontonarse

piss off 1 (insep) Tell somebody in a very offensive way to leave you alone. bugger off, fuck off, sod off madar al carajo

2 Be annoyed or bored with something. cabrear

pitch in (insep) Join others to help in whatever they are doing.chip in aportar, contribuir

plant out [plant something out] Put young plants in the ground where you want them to grow. trasplantar

play down [play something down] (claims, concerns, dangers, fears, report, problem, speculation, talk, worries) Try to make something look less important. play up restar importancia

play up [play something up] try to make something look more important than it really is. Play down exagerar la importancia

plough back [plough something back] (profits) Reinvest the money earned.

pluck up [pluck something up] (courage) Decide to be brave enough to do something. armarse de valor

plug in [plug something in] Connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity, or to another piece of electrical equipment. enchufar

plunge in 1 [plunge in, plunge into something] (insep) (studies) Start doing something with enthusiasm. dive in lanzarse

2 [plunge somebody/something into something] (chaos, debt, darkness, depression, uncertainty) Suddenly experience an unpleasant situation. meter, dejar

point out [point something out] Draw attention to something. destacar

polish off [polish something off] (meal, cake) Eat something completely or you finish it. eat up zamparse

polish up [polish something up] (meal, cake) Improve, often by practising or revising. mejorar, pulir

pop round (insep) Pay a short informal visit. pasar por casa de alguien

pop in (insep) Pay a short visit. call in, drop in pasar por casa de alguien

pop up (insep) Appear; often unexpectedly.aparecer

prop up [prop something up] Support or help in some way. apoyar

pull back (insep) Get out of a situation or place. retirarse

pull out 1 [pull something out] (tooth, nail, plug, gun) Extract something. extraer

2 ( insep) Withdraw. retirarse

idiom pull out all the stops Do everything possible to make something succeed.

pull  through [pull through, pull through something, pull somebody through] (crisis, illness) Manage to recover after dealing with a difficult situation. recuperarse

pump in [pump something in] (money, cash, funds, supplies) Provide money or resources for something. pour in meter

pump up 1 fill [pump something up] (tyre, dinghy, balloon, airbed) Fill something with air. blow up inflar

2 Increase. subir

push away [push somebody/something away] Move somebody or something to a distance from you. apartar

push back delay [push something back] (date, deadline) Delay; do at a later date. put off retrasar

push into [push somebody into something] Try to influence or persuade somebody to do something. persuadir, convencer

put about/around [put something about, put something around] (news, rumours, stories) Spread bad or false news.

Put across [put something across] (idea, message, views, concept, point, facts, things, oneself) Try to make people understand what you're trying to say. expresar, exponer

put aside 1 [put something aside] (food, money, time) Save something so it can be used later. set aside reservar, guardar

2 [put something aside] (differences, ego, pride) Stop considering it. set aside dejar a un lado

put away 1 [put something away] Put something where it's usually kept. guardar

2 Send somebody to prison. lock up encerrar

3 (food, beers) Eat or drink a lot of something. atiborrarse de

4 (money, sum) Put money in the bank; save put by, lay aside ahorrar

put back [put something back] Return something to where it was before.

put behind forget [put something behind] Try to forget it. dejar atrás

Put by save [put something by] (money) Put money in the bank. put away, lay aside ahorrar

put down 1 lower [put something down] Stop holding. dejar

2 criticize [put somebody down] Criticize somebody or make them feel stupid. menospreciar, hablar mal de

3 kill [put something down] Kill an injured or sick animal. sacrificar

idiom put your foot down Use your authority to make something happen. You have to put your foot down and let her know who's boss.

put down to [put something down to something] (insep) (hard work) Think that something is the probable explanation for something. achacar a

put forward 1 [put something forward] (idea, plan, proposal, proposition, suggestion) Offer something for consideration or discussion. proponer

2 (clock, watch) Change to an earlier time put back adelantar

put in 1 [put something in] (hard work, effort, hours, time) Work hard or spend time doing something. dedicar

2 (central heating, lock, window) Install something. colocar, instalar

3 (application, bid, bill, claim, order, request, protest, tender) Request something formally. poner, interponer

Idiom Put in an appearence: Go somewhere to be seen for a short while, usually because you are expected to go.

put off 1 [put somebody off] Make somebody change their mind or stop being interested in something. disuadir, desalentar

2 [put something off].- (meeting, visit, decision) Do something at a later date. be off, call off posponer

put on 1 [put something on] (clothes, weight) Wear something. get on take off ponerse

2 [put something on] (radio, TV) Make something start working so you can use it. switch on, turn on encender

3 [put something on] (exhibition, event, play, show) Organize something. organizar

put out 1 [put something out] (fire, flames, cigarette, pipe, light, lamp, candle) Stop something burning. apagar

2 (press release, story, message, statement, report, call, information, issue, description, warning, word) Make something public. blow out hacer público

put together 1 prepare [put something together] (ideas, plan, proposal, team) Prepare something or form a group. preparar

2 assemble (kit, machine, model) Join the different parts of something. ensamblar, montar

put up 1 [put somebody up] Give somebody a bed for the night.

2 [put something up] (notice, sign, poster, decorations, plaque, ladder, tent, fence, building) Put something on a wall or post so that people can see it or use it. stick up colocar

3 (prices, rent, taxes) Increase something. go up subir

4 [put up something] (insep) (fight, struggle, resistance, case, opposition, objections) Show a lot of opposition to something. resistir, protestar

put up with [put up with somebody, put up with something] (insep) (behaviour, noise, people, rudeness, situation) Accept an unpleasant behaviour or situation. aguantar

 

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