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transitive verb

  • 1 (acercar) arrima la lámpara para ver mejor
    if you move ( or bring etc. ) the lamp nearer you'll be able to see better
    arrima la silla, estás muy lejos
    bring your chair closer, you're too far away
    draw your chair up, you're too far away (British)
    arrima una silla
    pull up a chair
    arrímala más a la puerta
    pull ( or bring etc. ) it nearer to the door
    arrimó la cama a or contra la pared
    he pushed or moved the bed up against the wall
  • 2 (Mexico) [colloquial] (golpe) le arrimó una santa tranquiza
    he gave him a real beating or thrashing [colloquial]
    me arrimó un codazo
    he elbowed me

also: arrimarse pronominal verb

  • 1 (reflexivo) (acercarse) arrímate al fuego para calentarte
    come up to or come (up) closer to the fire to get warm
    se arrimó a or contra la pared para dejarlos pasar
    he moved up against the wall to let them past
    bailaban muy arrimados
    they were dancing very close
    arrimarse a alguien
    to move closer to somebody
    (buscando calor, abrigo) to snuggle up to somebody
    se le fue arrimando poco a poco
    she gradually edged up to or edged closer to or moved closer to him
    se le han arrimado muchos desde que heredó esa fortuna
    he's suddenly acquired a lot of new friends since he inherited that fortune
  • 2 2.1 (Mexico) [colloquial] (pareja) nunca se casaron, nomás se arrimaron
    they never married, they just moved in together or set up house together
    they never married, they just shacked up [colloquial]
    están arrimados
    they're living together
    2.2 (Venezuela) [colloquial] (en casa de alguien) se arrimaron en casa de mi abuela
    they went to live or stay with my grandmother
    está viviendo arrimado
    he's living or staying with relatives
Example sentences
  • No pasará nada y la próxima vez se arrimará a otro árbol.
  • Para quitarte el frío no te arrimes mucho a las fuentes de calor.
  • Pero cuando fue el turno de Micaela Díaz al saque se volvían a arrimar.
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