Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Monday January 10, 2011

pelearse, verb:
to quarrel

Many Spanish reflexive verbs, such as pelearse, do not involve the idea of the action reflecting back on the actor. You just have to remember that they are different from English.

Siempre nos peleamos cuando hablamos de política.
We always quarrel when we talk about politics.

In the past tense, pelearse often means to split up with someone you were dating.

Se ha peleado con la novia.
He’s split up with his girlfriend.

Or more generally, pelearse can mean to fall out with somebody.

Se ha peleado con todos los amigos.
He’s fallen out with all his friends.

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