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grovel

Pronunciation: /ˈgrɑːvəl; ˈgrɒvəl/

Translation of grovel in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • humillarse, postrarse, prosternarse to grovel for mercy implorar piedad to grovel before sb o at sb's feet prosternarse ante algn or a los pies de algn you'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increase tendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumento
    Example sentences
    • Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.
    • In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
    • Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.

noun/nombre

  • [colloquial/familiar] he's in the boss's office having a good grovel está en la oficina del jefe, pidiendo perdón de rodillas [colloquial/familiar] I'm very sorry, grovel, grovel [humorous/humorístico] mil perdones, su señoría [humorous/humorístico]

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