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abatir

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abatir
v. demolish, tear down; fell, chop down (a tree); shoot down, cause an aircraft to fall; lower, drop; depress, make sad; humiliate, degrade

A Spanish-English Dictionary (Granada University, Spain), 14.4

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abatir
(v.) = break + Posesivo + spirit ; cast + a pall of gloom over ; defeat ; lay + Nombre + low ; dishearten ; bring down.
Ex: And though it was a terrible tragedy in Madrid, to pull out of Iraq would be to give in to the terrorists, give them and inch and they'll take a mile, we've got to show them that our spirit will not be broken.
Ex: This prolonged dry spell has cast a pall of gloom over the agrochemical business.
Ex: The article is entitled 'Dewey Decimal system defeats Truman! Library cartoons'.
Ex: She suffered frequent flare-ups of widespread inflammation that would lay her low for days on end.
Ex: It is easy to be disheartened by the negative flow of news, but the strength of our labor market should bolster the confidence of our outlook.
Ex: I've been reading shocking 'reports' for several days now explaining that 'malware brought down a Spanish jet'.
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* abatirse = come to + pieces ; fall to + pieces ; swoop ; fall to + bits.
* abatirse sobre = bear down on.

 
abatirse
(v.) = come to + pieces ; fall to + pieces ; swoop ; fall to + bits.
Ex: They are characters living in the margins, often coming to pieces, and sometimes, as in a nightmare, in constant flight from something horrid. Ex: One must accept that it is impossible to satisfy all people all the time; this author has seen several prison librarians fall to pieces, while the librarian was drowning in details. Ex: Magpies are very protective of their young and may swoop on intruders if they feel threatened. Ex: If you leave it there for a few months, your bike will rust, perish and fall to bits.


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