In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(chicken/dog) escarbarthey were scrabbling in the dust for the coins — escarbaban en la tierra buscando las monedas
- I was scrabbling frantically for a foothold — buscaba desesperadamente un lugar donde apoyar el pie
- I was scrabbling about in the dark looking for my key — estaba buscando la llave a tientas en la oscuridad
- For a moment the kitten disappeared, then resurfaced, scrabbling frantically at the treacherous surface that gave no hold.
- He was leaning on the railings, munching a meat pie and watching as the birds scrabbled for the crumbs.
- During the day, he paces up and down and puts his head on her lap; during nocturnal episodes, he barks and scrabbles against the bedroom door.
- Birds and other unseen creatures scrabble about in the windswept bushes of central park, but I would rather not deliberate too much about that.
- This one hatched faster than the first, fierce little claws punching through the fragile shell and scrabbling to get free.
- We've also had to put some rodent poison up there as something is scrabbling around - we haven't seen it so we don't know what!
- Last year one dog had to have two toes amputated after scrabbling insanely at his pen.
- There are several false alarms, but eventually his dogs scrabble madly at the base of a tree.
- It may be an idea to have no bare earth for the cats to scrabble in.
- The pigeons on the ledge outside scrabbled from side to side, as Catherine tapped at the glass with a fingernail.
- His serenity makes you feel like a clucking chicken, scrabbling and pecking at the dusty ground, while he sits back and watches.
- Therre was no scratching and scrabbling in the dirt for these birds.
- When it finished scrabbling, the rat would believe the faeces to be buried.
- ‘Look, there's a nuthatch scrabbling on the tree trunk,’ the mother tells the little girl.
- Both of the pitiful creatures shot away, scrabbling with claws and paws across the floor and out of sight.
- This sunny, summer evening, we are watching small dogs scrabble around on a drab linoleum floor.
- Kaiyo's body twisted on the floor, paws scrabbling at the tile, tails flaring as if casting a spell.
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