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struggle / pelea
 
struggle   [ˈstrʌgl]
A. -noun
1. (literally)   pelea (f),   forcejeo (m)
·there were signs of a struggle
·había señales de haberse producido una pelea or un forcejeo
a. two men went up to him and a struggle [broke out] =   dos hombres se acercaron a él y se desencadenó una pelea
b. he lost his glasses [in] the struggle =   perdió las gafas en la pelea or refriega
c. to [put up] a struggle =   oponer resistencia,   forcejear
d. he handed over his wallet [without] a struggle =   entregó su billetera sin oponer resistencia
2. (figurative)   lucha (f)   (for   por)
·her struggle to feed her children
·su lucha por poder dar de comer a sus hijos
·I had a struggle to persuade her
·me costó trabajo persuadirla
a. he finally lost his struggle [against] cancer =   finalmente perdió su lucha contra el cáncer
b. the struggle [for] survival =   la lucha por la supervivencia
c. there is a fierce [power] struggle going on behind the scenes =   hay una intensa lucha por el poder entre bastidores
d. local shopkeepers are not giving up [without] a struggle =   los tenderos del barrio no van a rendirse sin luchar
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B. -intransitive verb
1. (=scuffle)   forcejear
·stop struggling!
·¡deja de forcejear!
·he struggled to get free from the ropes
·forcejeó para soltarse de las cuerdas
a. we were struggling [for] the gun when it went off =   forcejeábamos para hacernos con la pistola cuando se disparó
b. to struggle [with] somebody =   forcejear con somebody, someone
2. (=move with difficulty)
a. to struggle [free] =   lograr soltarse con dificultad
b. I struggled [into] my costume =   logré ponerme el disfraz como pude
c. we struggled [through] the crowd =   nos abrimos paso a duras penas entre la multitud
d. she struggled [to] her feet =   logró ponerse de pie
e. the bus was struggling [up] the hill =   el autobúnoun subía con dificultad la cuesta
f. he was struggling [with] his luggage =   cargaba con su equipaje con gran esfuerzo
3. (=fight against odds)   luchar
·to struggle to do something
·luchar por hacer algo,   esforzarse por hacer algo
a. to struggle [against] something =   luchar contra algo
·he struggled against the disease for 20 years
·luchó contra la enfermedad durante 20 años
b. we could see she was struggling [for] breath =   veíamos como respiraba con dificultad
c. to struggle in [vain] =   luchar en vano
4. (=have difficulties)   tener problemas
·they were struggling to pay their bills
·tenían problemas or iban apurados para pagar las facturas
·the economy is struggling
·la economía está en apuros
·he'noun struggling in his present class
·se ve apurado en la clase en la que está ahora
a. I struggled [through] the book =   me costó terminar de leer el libro,   tuve problemas para terminar de leer el libro
b. she has struggled [with] her weight for years =   ha tenido problemas con su peso durante años
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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