- 1 (puzzle) to speak in riddleshablar en claveExample sentences
- Shorter answers every other question with a riddle and punctuates his conversation with statements such as ‘The only constant is change.’
- During the latest bachelor party, a man in an ape suit served as master of ceremonies as guests were required to answer a series of riddles.
- Fleur plays Princess Turandot, declaring that she will marry the man who correctly answers her three riddles, while those who fail will be killed.
- 2 (mystery)Example sentences
- Not only has it helped to explain life's innermost riddles, but it has posed challenging questions about human behaviour and ethics, and offered controversial new technologies.
- Through Christ and in Christ, the riddles of sorrow and death grow meaningful.
- A set of hypotheses has been suggested to explain this exceptional riddle of fish reproduction, but as yet they remain untested.
- 1 (perforate) (often passive) to be riddled
withsomethinghis body was riddled with bulletslo habían acribillado a balazosshe was riddled with cancer
tenía el cuerpo lleno de plomo [colloquial]tenía cáncer por todo el cuerpothe chairs are riddled with woodworm
estaba cundida de cáncer (Mexico)las sillas están llenas de carcoma or todas carcomidasthe organization is riddled with corruptionla corrupción ha llegado a todos los niveles de la organizaciónher explanation is riddled with inconsistenciessu explicación está plagada de incongruenciasExample sentences
- The hydrants were not working and the hoses the fire officers were using to extinguish the blaze were riddled with holes.
- The truck was riddled with shrapnel holes and shards had punctured the fuel drums of two Challenger tanks.
- If you stop to think about it, the film is riddled with such holes - why for example does nobody actually catch the virulent super-virus from either of the unfortunate characters injected with it?
- 2 (sieve)Example sentences
- This was put to use every autumn to power the large and venerable threshing machine, with its elevator and shaking, riddling sieves.
- Made of some combination of tannins, bentonites, gelatines, or alginates, they help to produce a uniform skin-like yeast deposit that does not stick to the glass but slips easily down it during the riddling process.
- Brown observed to Poole that the miners could typically make the same or slightly more money and produce more coal per day, saved as they were the labor of riddling.
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