In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Lib Dems are a nice bunch whose only serious vice is being a little smug.
- A smug smile sat on her lips as she sipped on her cranberry juice, knowing exactly what was in store.
- I feel a smug satisfaction in knowing I am taking them away to a better climate.
- The prospect of wiping the smug smirk of Murdoch's mug is a delightful notion.
- The Minister can sit there with a smug smile and a smug face, and he can shake his head all that he wants to.
- If you are the only one this summer to avoid the hayfever or sunburn, you'll be feeling pretty smug.
- It is always wise to guard against adopting a complacent or smug attitude in life as one ages.
- We sauntered out of the house, feeling fairly smug as we'd got organised quite quickly for a change.
- Tell me you love the pics and I'll be smug about them for a couple of days.
- Cooking our own meals added to a smug sense of self-sufficiency and general worthiness.
- I did a bit of redrafting, then emailed it into the office, feeling smug that I was working from home.
- If anyone ever deserved to wear the smug grin of a Cheshire cat with all the cream, it is Julia Drown right now.
- He had that smug, always right, nasal sounding twang, of Ken's down to perfection.
- I have rarely heard such nonsense delivered with such a smug air of authority.
- He folded his hands behind his back as he walked, a smug smile on his face, surveying the venders.
- Even middle class is these days often used as a venomous synonym for smug, unadventurous or selfish.
- Naturally, they reserve the right to be smug and unimpressed, but still they'll come.
- British MPs tend to feel smug that religion plays almost no role in our politics.
- We exchanged those rather smug looks that you do when you've just enjoyed a very special meal.
- He winked at me and I wanted to knock out a few teeth in that smug smile he flashed at me.
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