Dictionary: letter B

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back down (insep) Accept another person's point of view or argument instead of your own or decide not to do something after all. climb down, give in ceder

back out withdraw [back out, Back out of something] (insep) (agreement, deal, arrangement, contract) Avoid doing something when you have promised to. pull out echarse atrás

back up 1 support [back somebody/something up] Support somebody. apoyar, corroborar

2 Make a copy as a precaution. respaldar

3 [back up, back something up] Move backwards in a vehicle. dar marcha atrás

bail out 1 [bail somebody out] Pay a deposit so that somebody who has been arrested can be released. pagar la fianza

2 Help somebody who is in trouble. rescatar

bang up [bang somebody up] Put somebody in prison. lock up encerrar

bank on (insep) Depend on something happening. contar con

be back (insep) Return. come back volver

be off 1 (insep) Leave a place. go away marcharse

2 (insep) Be disconnected or not working. estar apagado

3 (insep) Be cancelled. estar cancelado

4 (insep) (milk, fish) Not be good to eat any more. go off estar en mal estado

be out 1 (insep) Be available to the public; appear. come out salir

2 (insep) Not be at home or work. estar fuera

be up to 1 [be up to something] (insep) Be doing or planning something bad. tramar

2 (insep) Be doing something. traerse entre manos

bear up 1 [bear up to something] (insep)(insep) Accept another person's point of view or argument instead of your own or you decide not to do something after all. ajustarse, aguantar

2 (insep) Stay calm despite facing difficulties. llevarlo

beaver away (insep) Work hard. slog away ser una homiguita

beef up [beef something up] (security, your muscles, performance) Improve; strengthen. mejorar

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

blow out [blow out, blow something out] (insep) (match, candle, flame, lamp) Be extinguished. put out apagar

blow over (insep) (scandal, problem, troubles, issue, controversy, incident, affair, row, argument) Be forgotten. pasar

blow up 1 destroy [blow up, blow something up] Destroy with an explosion. volar

2 get angry (insep) Get angry. calentarse, cabrearse, explotar

3 exaggerate (incident, affair) Exaggerate something. exagerar

4 fill (tyre, dinghy, balloon, airbed) Fill something with air. Pump up dar aire

blurt out [blurt something out] (news, answer, secret) Say something without thinking. soltar

boil down [boil down to something] (insep) (situation, question, issue) Be the most important thing. reducirse a

boss around [boss somebody around] Treat somebody unpleasantly, giving unnecessary orders all the time. order about dar órdenes

bottom out (economy, prices) Stop getting worse and start showing signs of improvement. tocar fondo

bounce back Recover from something unpleasant. recuperarse

brass off Be angry, upset or fed up. cabrearse

break away Leave a group, party or country to form a new one. escindirse

break down 1 (insep) (car, system, machine, talks, negotiations, marriage, argument, plan, relations) Stop working because it has a serious problem. pack up, conk out romperse, dejar de funcionar

2 Lose control and start crying. Crack up derrumbarse

break down destroy [break something down] (door, wall, barrier, resistance, opposition, reserve) Destroy something. echar abajo

break in [break in, break into something] (insep) (building, house, grounds, computer, system) Enter a place using force or by breaking the law. Break out entrar

break in [break somebody in] (employee, recruit) Help somebody get used to a new situation or job or train them. reducirse

break in [break something in] (boots, shoes, car, horse) Use something until it's comfortable, it works properly or does what it's supposed to do. ablandar, amoldar, acostumbrar

break off [break something off] (agreement, engagement, relations, relationship, alliance) Put an end to something because of a problem. romper

break out 1 begin (insep) (riots, violence, row, fire, epidemic, disease, war, rash, spots, sweat, tears, argument) Begins suddenly or violently. estallar

2 escape (insep) Escape. break in escaparse

break up stop [break something up] (fight, quarrel, party, crowd, marriage, relationship, couple, alliance, school, meeting) Stop. separar, terminar, romper

breeze through [breeze through something] (insep) (exam, test) Pass something easily. sail through, sweep through, walk through pasar sin dificultades, hacer sin problemas

brighten up 1 (insep) (weather, morning) Become happier or better. mejorar

2 [brighten something up] (day, Saturday, morning, wardrobe, life) Make something more colourful or cheerful. animar, embellecer

bring about cause [bring something about] (reform, changes) Make something happen. llevar a cabo

bring back [bring something back] (memories) Make you think about something that happened a long time ago. hacer recordar, evocar

bring in 1 [bring somebody in] (doctor, expert, consultant, technician) Ask somebody to come and help. call in llamar

2 [bring something in] (bill, law, regulation, rule, system, scheme) Introduce something. aprobar

bring off accomplish [bring something off] Succeed in something. pull off lograr

bring out 1 [bring something out] (product) Make something available to the public. sacar

2 Develop a quality. sacar

bring round/to [bring somebody round, bring somebody to] Help somebody regain consciousness. reanimar

bring up 1 [bring somebody up] Look after a child until it has grown up. criar, educar

2 [bring something up] (issue, matter, point, subject) Mention a subject or topic. come up, drag up mencionar, sacar

brush aside [brush something aside] (allegations, suggestion, difficulties, idea, question) Dismiss. Ignore or refuse to consider something. Brush off no dar importancia

brush up [brush something up, brush up on something] (English, French, subject) Study something to try and revise or improve it a little. polish up respasar, estudiar

buckle down (insep) Start working hard; apply yourself. knuckle down ponerse a trabajar, aplicarse

bugger off (insep, taboo) Tell somebody to get lost or leave you alone fuck off, sod off madar a tomar por culo

build up increase [build something up] (muscles, strength, stamina, reputation, sales, speed, collection, profits) Increase the amount of something. construirse, aumentar, mejorar

bump into [bump into somebody] (insep) Meet somebody by chance. come across, run into tropezar con

burst in on [burst in on somebody/something] (insep) (conversation, meeting) Enter a place suddenly interrupting the people or activiy inside. irrumpir

butt in interrupt [butt in, butt in on somebody] Interrupt. break in on interrumpir

butter up praise [butter somebody up] Praise somebody excessively so that they will do what you want. adular

buzz off (insep, informal) Go away. dash off largarse

 

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