In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(questionable)(honor/achievement) dudoso(honor/achievement) discutible(past) turbio(motives/person) sospechosoI think that's a dubious compliment — no sé si eso se puede interpretar como un cumplido
- he seems a rather dubious character to me — no me parece una persona de fiar
- a joke in dubious taste — una broma de dudoso gusto
- O'Toole holds the dubious distinction of seven Best Actor Oscar nominations without winning the actual Oscar.
- Even those which are imaginative and intelligently put together are often morally dubious.
- For these reasons, reflective foil on board insulation is of dubious value.
- And it spends billions each year in social welfare programs that are endlessly duplicative and of dubious value.
- They weren't always on the side of good, and even when they were, they still regularly made morally dubious judgements, but they were always true to their natures.
- Is it perhaps yet another organisation designed to make money by providing endorsements of dubious value?
- For an extended look at the dubious value of a humanities education in particular see here.
- Aurillac, a lovely city at the foot of the Cantal mountains, has the dubious distinction of being the prefecture in France furthest from a motorway.
- When it comes to sharing your faith, gimmicks are of dubious value.
- Tramore has drawn the short straw yet again and has the dubious distinction of hosting the final game of 2003 on Sunday, 28th December.
- Last time I solved it myself by medically dubious methods and I'd rather not do that again!
- It's all in a good cause, people used to say, but Elizabeth felt that almost any action she took at this point would be of dubious value.
- Before the war, the submarine was regarded as a morally dubious weapon, subject to international agreements.
- His primary sources include most if not all the standard references on the subject along with one or two of dubious value.
- The knee-jerk reaction is to dismiss such training as faddish and of dubious value.
- If so, that would give Florida the dubious distinction of getting hit by four of the six most costly hurricanes on record within six weeks.
- I listed at the beginning the most usual procedures used to provide assistance in conception, but deferred discussion of the two methods that are most morally dubious.
- For a start, the whole idea of reciprocity and empowerment seems morally dubious to me.
- They are engaged in tax avoidance, which is entirely legal, though you might argue it's morally dubious.
- Philosophy aims only at the truth, not at mere persuasion regardless of truth, which is a dubious enterprise in both its intentions and its methods.
- The region has the dubious distinction of having Europe's worst service station.
- Another Horsforth man claimed the dubious distinction of becoming the first English serviceman to be captured by the Germans - just one day after war broke out.
- Characters are rootless, without orientation, almost unaware that their behaviour is morally dubious.
- In fact, it could be argued that 15 Minutes earns the dubious distinction of being the most cynical film ever made about cynicism.
- The approach outline above seems to offer the best prospect for exposing the administration's dubious motives and methods.
- He just enjoys exploring the morally dubious aspects of it, and exploring difficult situations.
- However, thanks to dubious sales techniques, it is widely mis-sold.
- In fact, so entrenched was the belief in many quarters that official statistics were of dubious value to social researchers that the view took root that they were virtually worthless.
- David Weinberger has some interesting things to say about the game, and the morally dubious world it allows you to enter.
- The result is a surreal, hypnotic journey into morally ambiguous territory, led by an increasingly dubious tour guide.
- It has the dubious distinction of being probably the only luxury hotel in the world to be blown up by a future prime minister of its own country.
- The credit industry has been accused of using ‘sneaky tricks and dubious sales practices’ to boost profits.
- But the public interest would not be served by people of dubious motives giving false information by doctoring the official record.
- 2004 will finish with a hat trick of games against the teams enjoying the dubious distinction of being below us in the league.
- It shows him as morally dubious - he wants the men to die so he can finish his book, but he pretends otherwise - and intellectually cold.
- In a time of government cutbacks, as a tax-payer I am unconvinced that we need to fund more programs of dubious value.
- Ray is not a good father, as evidenced by his empty fridge and dubious methods of interacting with his kids.
- Matters come to a head when the star is expelled from the team, leading to a climax at once disturbingly intense and morally dubious.
- On the flip side, the district has the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of cases of atrocities against women.
- Like Den, he gets involved in dubious deals with shady characters, and the source of his money is not always entirely clear.
2to be dubious(doubtful)tener reservastener dudasto be dubious about sth/sb — tener reservas / dudas sobre/acerca de algo/algn
- I'm very/a little dubious about the whole idea — tengo grandes/algunas reservas sobre el asunto
- One direct result of this vicious circle was that many parents remained dubious about the quality of non-government education.
- I was a little dubious about this tour from the outset.
- I am also extremely dubious about grand projects.
- To work the sanctions would have to be ‘short, sharp and painful’ but an official report was dubious about their effectiveness.
- They are deeply dubious about whether he has succeeded at all on most domestic issues.
- He is similarly dubious about the suggestion that the protests were incited by older activists.
- I was pretty dubious about it when I was a journalist, but now I think it's remarkably ineffectual.
- Reading the script beforehand, I had been dubious about anyone performing it as a one-person show.
- ‘People who might be dubious about standing somewhere waiting for a bus may be more encouraged to do so if they know exactly when the bus is due,’ he said.
- I'm not objecting to the Food Museum, of course, but I am somewhat dubious about the prospect of a hundred thousand visitors per year.
- She was a bit dubious about it at first but now she is getting used to it and people adore her everywhere we go.
- I have become more dubious about the last point.
- And it is that part that, I think, we are a little dubious about.
- However, councillors were dubious about visiting the site.
- I was dubious about the composition project, until I heard the music.
- ‘I am very dubious about this sort of thing,’ added Dr Fitzpatrick.
- He may have been dubious about some of the more outlandish changes that had occurred in journalism but it was always in a good-humoured way.
- I'm just a bit more dubious about the odds of this happening than Hewitt.
- ‘At first I was a bit dubious about going back to Bradford from Otley, but now I think the move is the best thing that we have ever done,’ he said.
- I shrugged, probably dubious about the opportunity myself.
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