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(choose, select)(number/color) elegir(number/color) escoger(crew/team) seleccionarI don't know which one to pick — no sé cuál elegir / cuál escoger / con cuál quedarme
- to pick one's way — andar con mucho cuidado
- He picked his way carefully through the ferns and knotted roots, focused eyes always straight ahead.
- It was time to choose and they picked the man who would fight.
- There certainly are a number of candidates to choose from when picking the players most likely to come through in key situations.
- Alternatively, people pick the first option available to them simply because it's there.
- You did the wrong thing and you definitely picked the wrong person to do it with.
- They carefully picked their way down the ruined staircase and into the basement floor.
- They picked their way carefully across the road and stepped inside the warm, dry cathedral, pulling the doors closed behind them.
- The other girl asked him to choose and he picked her.
- He turned and fled in terror, bumping and scraping several times against the walls he had picked his way along so carefully before.
- When I could walk again I started picking my way down the ridge, stopping a lot, staying on the trail.
- The two men slowly picked their way through the snow-covered trees and rocks.
- She smiles as she pays the driver and picks her way carefully through the puddles.
- They had, it seemed, picked the wrong person to do it.
- It was a case of slowly picking our way down steep hillside, occasionally dislodging small rocks which bounced and rolled to the bush below.
- She walked into the living room, picking her way carefully through the darkness.
- With such a distinguished cast to choose from, they picked the wrong man.
- The options for this include picking specific cities, metropolitan areas, or even a distance radius from a specific point.
- Without another word, the four strange and unlikely companions set off on foot, picking their way carefully through the field.
- Also, maybe I was picking the wrong options in conversations but there was a lot that never got properly explained to me.
- She continued to creep down the hillside, carefully picking her way down.
- We just picked the wrong people to wield the power.
- The farmers here are happy to teach how the leaves are chosen and how to pick them - if guests promise to put the leaves to their baskets.
- The site picks the wrong musicians to plead its case.
- Spotting it, I fell into a low crouch, picking my way slowly over holes and roots.
- His eyes widened as he saw Claire carefully picking her way around the chatting students and onto the bridge.
- They were picking their way slowly along the gravel of the stream bed.
- They were given a free hand in picking the characters and choosing how they should be depicted.
- Would it be safe to send them to the islands I mentioned or have they picked the wrong time of year to travel down there?
- I waited for a break in the steady stream of visitors and set off, head down, picking my way slowly and carefully across.
- More importantly when women have the chance to pick a director for a project or help to influence who gets chosen, they pick a man.
- I have to say that it is a pretty nasty sight, where one has to pick one's way carefully to avoid the mess they leave behind.
- Thereafter, he seemed to have an unerring knack for picking the wrong script.
- Voters would choose from one candidate picked by the prime minister and 200 others nominated at random from the electoral roll.
- She picked two people to chose their teams, and as predicted, I was chosen last.
- To tackle the nose and descend the north ridge, negotiate a rocky corner, then carefully pick your way down, keeping left to avoid difficulties.
- She was carefully picking her way through driftwood and garbage.
- I picked my way carefully through the mess and strained to see the new arrival in our backyard.
- Sure being popular would be great, but if I had to choose, I'd pick friendship over popularity anytime.
- I slowly picked my way through the darkened streets until I was at the front door of Jason's hut.
- Sabrina had chosen carefully when she picked her school.
2(gather)(flower) cortar(flower) coger España(cotton/tea/fruit) recoger(tea/cotton/fruit) coger España(cotton/tea/fruit) pizcar Méxicohe picked her a rose — cogió una rosa para ella España
- we went raspberry picking — fuimos a recoger frambuesas
- We would buy fresh fruit and pick fresh vegetables from a small garden in the back.
- Local children will be invited to pick the fruit to encourage them to eat a healthy diet.
- Flora dropped a pile of freshly picked fruits next to him.
- A flower vase stood on the table, a few freshly picked flowers inserted in it.
- On average they take 120 days to grow, and are picked sooner than regular carrots to preserve tenderness.
- There was a man outside cutting wood for fire and a woman picking vegetables and fruits from a garden.
- When the harvest is ready, children from the estate will be invited to pick the fruit.
- Observe your vegetables all summer and pick those for seed that are the best - perhaps in yield, taste, disease resistance, vigour or early ripening.
- The process consists of reselecting the original azalea seeds, sowing them, letting them flower, picking the best and taking cuttings.
- Organic soups are often comprised of freshly picked vegetables and beans.
- The leaves may also be cooked, which allows slightly older wild plants to be used, but the leaves must always be picked before the plant flowers.
- The week normally starts with the farmers picking their fruit and vegetables on Monday.
- It has a mild tranquillising effect, which you can experience by merely picking the flower buds and inhaling their scent.
- What should I do with my autumn-fruiting raspberry plants after I have picked the fruits?
- If you want lots of small fruits, keep picking the squashes young.
- At the foot of the garden path she found her eldest sister, picking some of the flowers their gardener had allowed to grow wild there.
- A girl runs frenzied, searching, sometimes stopping briefly to pick some flowers eager but not bright, hopeful and wanting.
- Meat and fish were curried or peppered in order to preserve them and we picked the abundant fruit that grew in our garden.
- I went outside and watered them and picked the fruits and vegetables.
- The warm, earthy smell of freshly picked vegetables used to pervade the whole atmosphere.
3.1(remove matter from)to pick one's nose — meterse el dedo en la nariz
- to pick one's teeth — escarbarse los dientes
- don't pick your spots — no te toques los granitos
- the vultures picked the bones clean — los buitres dejaron los huesos limpios
- For example, a child who picks his or her nose may be uncomfortable because he or she has actually stuck an object in the nose.
- I have read your letter many times, trying to find the turning point in this relationship, and keep coming back to the nose picking.
- There is reference, as well, to nose picking, a subject commonly avoided in media.
- Acne cream and nose picking is not attractive these days.
- The most disgusting thing I encounter is waiters picking their noses or cutting their fingers.
- I injured my index finger while picking my nose.
- My nephew Trevor is three, and he's a big fan of nose picking.
- Habits such as nail biting, hair twirling, thumb-sucking and nose picking are common and stop naturally in most children by the time they reach junior school.
- And never lick your fingers, pick your teeth, or floss at the table.
- Avoid nose blowing, rubbing, or picking while your nose is healing.
- This included advice about regular hand washing, warnings about crowded places, and the dangers of nose picking.
- He idly picked his nose and then a large spot on his chin that was troubling him.
- These range from lack of concentration, shyness and disobedience to nose picking and whining.
- Gone are the days when he insisted, ‘if my nose needs picking, I'll pick it even if the cameras are on me’.
- The bleeding should stop and not start again, unless your nose is knocked or picked.
3.2(steal from)I had my pocket picked — me robaron la billetera (or las llaves etc.) del bolsillo
3.3(open)(lock) abrir con una ganzúa(lock) abrir con una horquilla(lock) forzar
- With soft acoustic picking of the guitar behind it, it's a passionate cry for support and help.
- This time Rory gets to show off his fine guitar picking.
- Velvety vocals, sung with tenderly picked guitars and gently played piano occasionally accompanied by some harsh brass made this record.
- Other bands have done the single string picking coupled with power chords (for emphasis, of course).
- The orchestration then slowly fades out save the gentle guitar picking.
- Take, for instance, the building repetition of the guitar picking of ‘Back to Mali’.
- He is bluesy; his guitar picking is flawless; his lyrics and melodies are touchingly funny.
- On the album, the guitar picking is so precise that it demands that every painstakingly plucked note be closely listened to.
- Quiet strums and broken, stammering chords suddenly twist into intense breaks of almost classical Spanish guitar and deep south string picking.
- ‘Amnesia’ features some great guitar picking from Nicholls over a perfect lazy groove.
- As we came to our first town, he suddenly started picking some demonically fast banjo.
- The Chorus to this number relies on an atmospheric down shift of guitar picking and total distortion.
- The first time I heard his exact guitar picking and gentle voice I was hooked; the sophistication and pop sensibility of his songs left me fuzzy-warm.
- In its third section, the piece lands into a melancholy return with a re-established tonic and some layered guitar/autoharp picking.
- He says his fingers are holding up pretty good after a lifetime of guitar picking and strumming, so he may remain on the road for a few years yet.
1(peck, take bits)the hens were picking about in the yard — las gallinas picoteaban en el patio
- they were picking through the rubbish — estaban escarbando en la basura
1(choice)take your pick — elige / escoge el (or los etc.) que quieras
- you can take your pick of any dish on the menu — puedes elegir / escoger el plato que quieras del menú
- you have first pick — elige / escoge tú primero
- Take your pick, but either way it's quite irrational.
- Moto-cross, skate or snowboarding - take your pick - the look is very similar, if not the same.
- You share brief, frugal meals with the monks in the refectory, then it's back to your cell to pray - for salvation, inspiration, or deliverance, take your pick.
- You are free, I guess, to take your pick in relation to these and similar options.
- We could take our pick of the brightest minds on earth.
- The audience will also get the chance to judge the films and to select their favourite pick for the viewer's choice award.
- Take your pick when it comes to student politics today.
- Take your pick and go ahead and exchange the old one.
- They told me, through an interpreter, to take my pick.
- Meanwhile, if you want to ring the changes with sandwiches you make at home, then take your pick from this delicious recipe selection.
- Take your pick from a home cooked Devonshire morning tea for $5 or a delicious roast beef lunch for $15, or both!
- You can either help me get over it or you have the option to divorce me, take your pick.
- Of course, you must match your seat covers to your dash cover, so take your pick from a wide choice of seat covers, which come in a variety of fabrics and colors.
- Mains include turbot in a langoustine and scallop sauce and monkfish kebabs, or take your pick from the hefty choice of daily specials.
- We were then invited to take our pick from a choice of starters.
- Take your pick from a seaweed wrap, salt loofah body buff, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, mineral bath, and more.
- You can take your pick - lawyers, police or reporters.
- The tourist in search of adventures can take his pick.
- We just walk out to the freezer in the garage and take our pick.
- There you can take your pick from an intensive 12-week course, as well as five- and one-day basic sushi classes.
2(best)the pick of sth — lo mejor de algo
- Champagne is the pick of the crop in the wine market.
- He was the pick of the performers last season at half-back and stood out as one of the better players in a team that has taken a battering week-in and week-out.
- Jack is the pick of a sorry bunch with six goals in 35 central defensive appearances.
- The Bar team is made up of the pick of their elite golfers.
- The anchor man's propensity to select the correct pass at all times once more saw him stand out as the pick of City's trialists before his half-time substitution.
- His production of John Marston's 1603 tragi-comedy is not, for me, the pick of the bunch.
- In all honesty, he is probably the pick of a bad bunch.
- The gold plated acrylic idol of ‘Happy Man’ carrying a gunny bag full of treasure, and depicting prosperity, was the pick of the lots.
- The stand-off was the pick of the team, kicking two penalties and converting their try after a concerted drive by the forwards.
- Her rooms were decorated with every sort of fabric you could think of and she had the pick of the jewels of England as well.
3EEUU(tip)pronóstico masculinofija femenino Cono Sur
- He pulled up on his ice tools, their picks precariously dug into soft snow.
- Even as she swung the pick into the rock, he could see how difficult it was for her.
- The head is welded directly to the shaft, so if the pick breaks, the tool is ruined.
- There were picks, shovels, knives, swords and axes.
- Their tools were jacks, picks, crowbars, wheelbarrows and handcarts.
- The newer combination entrenching tool added a pick, which helped break up hard soil.
- Men threw picks, rocks and all sorts of things at the guards.
- But when he came back from lunch break, his pick had been stolen.
- She said it was painful that as a woman she had had to work so hard with a pick.
- The standard tools of the navvies were picks, shovels and a wheelbarrow.
- The raiders broke in the door of the post office at the corner in the village and tried to dislodge the safe using picks and chisels.
- All day for a week, she and other members of her team scoured the arid landscape for fossils, their only tools a tiny pick and a brush.
- What they have to understand is that this place was once just a hole in the ground cut by teams of labourers with picks and shovels and lots and lots of dynamite.
- They worked with picks, breaking up the soil which was then passed through a riddle to recover artefacts.
- The ice at this stage had fused into one large mass and had to be broken with a pick before it could be used.
- Soon we encountered rocks and went back to get picks.
- Every one scattered and began hastily pounding on the rock walls with their picks.
- Kate slammed her pick into the rock wall of the quarry.
- To speed the process on rougher surfaces, they also used a scabbling pick, which was similar to an ordinary pick only shorter of handle and stout of casting.
- Soon he learnt to recognise, simply from looking at a dried patch of mud, whether it was worth breaking its crust with his pick.
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3(plectrum)púa femeninoplectro masculinouñeta femenino Cono Suruña femenino México Venezuela
- He threw a guitar pick at Connor who caught it after 2 attempts.
- With a shrug he got out his pick, shifted the guitar in his lap, and played the notes on the stanzas.
- He finally picked out everything, from the guitar to picks to the strap and amp, wrote it all down and came up with the exact cost.
- Pat threw his drumsticks into the crowd, while Jay threw his guitar pick.
- He admitted this was only his fourth show without a backing band, which may account for him dropping his pick into the guitar midsong.
- It was mindblowingly loud when they started attacking the strings with picks, each guitar hooked up to an amp.
- I went to my drawer where I kept my new strings but all that was in it was a notebook, some pens and guitar picks.
- The strings are made of silk or nylon and are plucked by the artist with picks called plectrum attached to their thumb and first two fingers.
- She became aware of the guitar pick in her pocket once again, then pushed thoughts of it out of her mind.
- Her battered old acoustic guitar lay on her untidily made bed along with several of the Tolkein novels and a box of guitar picks.
- I grabbed my guitar pick in my hand and started to strum on the chords.
- ‘Come in,’ Jason said as he strummed at his electric guitar with a well-worn pick.
- He pushed past the boys that had been talking about getting his guitar pick and swept me up in his arms.
- He picks up a handful of guitar picks and heads for the checkout.
- She reached into her pocket, and pulled out a thick black cord with a green guitar pick attached to it.
- Once they found their bags, they stuffed them with everything from clothes and toiletries to spare picks and drumsticks.
- Jackie smiled at the freshman, holding a guitar in one hand, music in the other, and a guitar pick in between her teeth.
- He had a guitar pick in his mouth and had his facial hair trimmed into a soul patch.
- Laura patted her pockets, finally coming up with her guitar pick and one of Carrie's colored pencils.
- I was leaning against the wall, mindlessly strumming my guitar, my fingers clutching a bright green pick, my hair falling into my eyes.
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