In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(shady)(firm/person) de dudosa reputación(firm/person) de mala famahis disreputable appearance — su mal aspecto
- This allows disreputable drivers to monopolize taxi stands, canceling out chances of customers finding a decent cab to travel home in.
- He also wrote some not wholly disreputable poetry.
- The American people have stubbornly refused to fall in with the idea that religion is a disreputable anachronism.
- Medals can denote honorable deeds as well as ones that are questionable or disreputable.
- He encouraged even disreputable women to interact with him.
- The exploitation of sectarian disputes within a movement to discredit its members is time-honored and disreputable.
- And far be it from me to make the same disreputable charge in reverse.
- I wish to make it clear that I do not for one moment suggest that any member of the board is or has been guilty of any dishonesty or disreputable comment.
- One day, his disreputable and drunken manservant appeared at table in a yellow coat.
- The council and the police are trying to get rid of disreputable doormen, and this needs to be done.
- If she went in the back, she might come across some of the more disreputable characters that would turn her act into a reality.
- This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.
- All of these things must surely point to him being one of the most thoroughly disreputable fellows ever to appear on the British stage, before he even opened his mouth.
- The problem is severest for women, who in Colombia are held in contempt or deemed disreputable for working at all.
- For other sports, cricket makes for a perfectly disreputable villain.
- He said it was worth considering licensing private military companies to encourage reputable ones and eliminate disreputable operators.
- The other is a chronic underachiever, undependable, disreputable, a thoroughly wild child.
- Some economists do, however, take sides in a most disreputable way.
- Lane, a somewhat disreputable character, did not turn up to defend himself, and was excommunicated.
- I see any business or charity that needs to use unsolicited bulk emails as a means of marketing itself, tends to be a disreputable organisation.
2(seedy)(nightclub/district) de mala fama
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