In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1adoptar un aire despectivoto sneer at sb/sth
- he sneered at his challengers — miró desdeñosamente a sus contrincantes
- she sneered at my attempts — se burló de mis intentos
- Surely the whole event reeked of the political correctness that you've made a fortune from sneering at?
- He positively sneered at me when I announced I was going to take guitar lessons.
- Thus it's easier to regain the high ground by laughing or sneering, or complaining about art getting in the way of commuters.
- He sneered and shared a conspiratorial wink with someone over my shoulder.
- Their efforts will deserve credit, not sneering from the sidelines.
- When I said that few people make real choices about their lives she sneered contemptuously at me.
- Top-hatted footmen guard the entrances, sneering politely at the clientele and keeping the passing rabble at bay.
- His stunning voice has always had a caustic force behind it, almost as if he's sneering and laughing all at once.
- He smiled and she sneered at him, then took a sip of coffee and returned to poking her eggs.
- She spent most of the time sneering down her nose at people.
- The people sneered and mocked me as I descended down the stairs.
- They have long sneered at the US laws on internet gaming, arguing they were unenforce-able.
- Their anger was a pose, and the pose made a lot of people a lot of money, even as it sneered at the commercialisation of mainstream pop and rock.
- Both know how to ask worthwhile questions and to draw an interviewee out without sneering at them.
- Far better that he languishes forgotten, which would punish him, rather than give him attention by sneering at him.
- Far from sneering at our obsolete goods, they'd be raving about all our fabulous antiques.
- We asked their staff to buy the paper and they sneered in my face.
- He was contemptuous and sneering in pointing out that we were in the wrong carriage.
- Here we may be sneering at the devaluation of the single currency, but in Germany they're laughing all the way to the export markets.
- He looked round at me and I swear to this day he sneered at me.
1decir con sornadecir con desdén
1(expression)expresión desdeñosa femeninohe told me with a sneer that … — me dijo con desdén / sorna que …
- His bitter frown transformed itself into a sneer and then a contemptuous smile.
- But the air was just as thick with the old sneers and jeers.
- The woman strode past him with a disdainful sneer and entering the temple, glanced about.
- I pointed in both directions when appropriate, my lips curling slightly in a sneer.
- Most of the time he fell back on cold disdainful looks and mocking sneers, which were working out pretty well.
- I turned the sneer into a smile, and not for the first time my mother was unable to return it.
- He showed a very strange smile, almost a sneer before crouching a bit down so that he was face to face with me.
- When Sean was safely out of earshot, he allowed his upper lip to curl into the slightest sneer.
- And the smile soon subsided to a slight sneer, as if she had seen that look in a million men's eyes before.
- I was instantly flanked by two guards with a countenance of half sneers, half smiles on their faces.
- She got sneers, insults, and hateful looks all day, not to mention suggestive ones from the male population, but she had just ignored them.
- And so I thought that the massive sneer with which his remarks were greeted was unjustified.
- Then his mouth twisted into something that was a mixture of a sneer and a smile.
- Twelve guards entered the room, scowls and sneers on their faces.
- The director keeps the camera close to their faces, and the scenes are played out with smiles, winces, sneers, vulgarities, long pauses, shrugs, inane repetitions, dartings, and aversions of the eyes.
- She explains, still gracious though with a slight sneer to her smiling nature this time.
- A tingling feeling crept over his form, and an arrogant sneer then crept over his face.
- They'll have to put up with our weapon of choice: the condescending sneer.
- He smiled at her, and she almost mistook it for a sneer, for the smile did not reach his eyes.
- At no moment does he pass up the chance of a cheap sneer or a jeer.
2(remark)comentario desdeñoso masculinocomentario despectivo masculinoburla femenino
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