In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(gain access to)the screw/wire is very hard to get at — es difícil llegar al tornillo/cable
- don't let John get at the truffles! — ¡no somdejes que John se acerque a las trufas!
- he can't get at the money until he's 18 — no puede tocar el dinero hasta que cumpla 18 años
2.1(work on)(rust/woodworm/damp) atacarI can't wait to get at the new computer — estoy deseando poder usar la computadora nueva
- moths had got at the jacket — las polillas habían picado la chaqueta
2.2informal (influence, bribe)(witness/member of jury) comprar coloquial
3coloquial(nag, criticize)you're always getting at him — siempre te estás metiendo con él coloquial
- I'm not getting at you, I merely said … — no te estoy criticando, simplemente dije …
- she's always getting at me to buy her a diamond ring — me está siempre dando la lata para que le compre un anillo de brillantes
4coloquial(hint at, mean)what are you getting at? — ¿qué quieres decir?
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