In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- After the room was filled with the warmth of the cheery fire, I tossed the newspaper onto the moth-eaten sofa and sat down behind my desk to at last fill out the bills I'd neglected the day before.
- Mr. Monkey turns out to be a moth-eaten glove puppet.
- The tiny window on the wall to my right is covered by moth-eaten cream curtains (well, it looks like they were cream once but have since degraded through dust invasion and misuse to a light brown).
- Needless to say, all of the interior was filled with dust and two or three large cobwebs were hanging from the corners, and all the remaining furniture was moth-eaten.
- But the room was almost empty except for 2 stools, a short table, a thin moth-eaten blanket, and an empty bookcase.
- I was fascinated by a stall selling second-hand woolly hats, the kind favoured by old ladies, seized upon here by trendy teenagers who were wearing them with moth-eaten fur coats.
- Riley lay on his moth-eaten sofa, dead to the world.
- The musty, moth-eaten curtains, once a grand crimson, were now dull brown and drooping listlessly.
- He wore a moth-eaten old fur cap and a shabby overcoat that was stretched tightly across his paunchy belly.
- His mane is a little threadbare and Mum threatens to bin him calling him moth-eaten!
- He covered her with the moth-eaten blankets and the stale smell of the room clung to the walls and to her.
- These clothes were dirty, old, moth-eaten, and had been out of fashion for at least fifty years.
- Grunge has been a recurrent theme in fashion since the early 1990s, when rockers like Cobain transformed kilts, moth-eaten sweaters and lumberjack plaids into the insignia of yuppie revolt.
- Can a moth-eaten camelhair coat be repaired?
- We had a sheriff who played Santa Claus every year decked out in an unconvincing, moth-eaten, red suit.
- ‘I think there's a story here,’ said Kelendom grinning as he sat down in a moth-eaten chair.
- When you think of seaside hotels, moth-eaten candlewick bedspreads and ferocious landladies usually come to mind.
- Inside, I would probably find nothing of interest: maybe some moth-eaten old clothes and someone's forgotten junk.
- Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.
- A four-poster bed with a slightly moth-eaten canopy lay in one corner, appearing as if it hadn't been used for many a night, and a table stood beside it.
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