In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(pull apart)(cloth/paper) romper(cloth/paper) rasgarI tore my shirt climbing the fence — me hice un desgarrón en / me rompí la camisa subiendo la valla
- she was wearing a torn T-shirt — llevaba una camiseta toda rota
- he's torn my book — me ha roto el libro
- to tear a muscle — desgarrarse un músculo
- I tore the cloth in half — rasgué la tela por la mitad
- to tear a hole in sth — hacer un agujero en algo
- he had torn a hole in his jacket — se había hecho un roto en la chaqueta
- I tore open the letter — abrí la carta
- to tear sth/sb to pieces / bits / shreds — hacer algo pedazos
- he was torn to pieces by a lion — un león lo descuartizó / lo despedazó
- that's torn it! — ¡se ha ido todo al traste / al garete!
- The crew cabin was torn apart in 24 seconds, the report says.
- He still wore green-brown clothes, but they weren't torn, and his fur was golden and his claws much more straight.
- She then helped Nasywa and three other infants touch pieces of paper, tearing them up and pasting them on another sheet.
- Bones were snapped, skin was torn, and arrows were poking through chests and backs - black arrows.
- His clothes lay torn a few feet away.
- As I watch them writhe in simulated pain, a young punk comes along and grabs some cardboard from the ground and starts tearing it into tiny pieces.
- His pants were also torn and ragged at the bottom and there were various holes and rips in them.
- Shane started to scribble on a piece of tissue, when Max grabbed it and tore it into pieces.
- From where he was standing, he could see the cloaking fabric torn by the missile explosion and the falling boulders what seemed like hours ago.
- Parts of the huts were torn and cracked in some places and it looked as if an army had swept through and annihilated the whole place.
- The plaster and wallpaper were all torn and broken in more places then were normal.
- He had a gaping hole in his abdomen where bone had torn his flesh away.
- Bulimics can rot their teeth (due to the gastric acid in vomit), tear their oesophagus and rupture their stomach.
- It's only a matter of time before the spell's protection will fade and her human body be torn apart by the force of gravity, so Orphen has to act quickly.
- All the talk about foxes being torn to pieces misses the point, he says.
- He pulled up another piece of grass and tore it in half down the middle.
- Two years later I found that note and tore it into tiny pieces.
- Imagine a bomb exploding next to a body, tearing it into little pieces.
- His body was torn apart and pieces of mangled flesh were sent in all directions.
- The quake was so massive, the ground cracked, houses split, roads were torn.
- I tear these things into pieces and put them in a pile of little white wads on the table.
- Roughly tear the cos into pieces and place in a large salad bowl.
- The plane was apparently torn apart before it burned, killing the pilot and copilot.
- The front of his jersey is always dirty and the knees of his pants are frequently torn.
- It is the end of the hunt when the animal is torn to pieces that the majority of people do not like.
- It also works well for nail repairs, say if you split or tear a nail, to glue it back together.
- Teeth tearing my flesh, breaking my heart, devouring my mind, losing myself!
- Be careful not to tear the plastic or break the aluminum strip.
- I will write lines of poetry on the back of bus tickets and envelopes, and then I will tear them into tiny pieces and watch them flutter to the ground.
- After the beheading, William Wallace's body was torn to pieces.
- His flannel button town shirt was torn and his jeans sported more holes than Swiss cheese.
- Grabbing the notes from the bed, she began to tear them into small pieces.
- Dispose of all receipts securely by tearing them into pieces before throwing them away.
- The edges of the hole snagged and tore his robes, scratching him all over.
- Her black hair got tangled in overhanging vines and brambles tugged at her clothes, tearing them in small rips and holes, and sometimes managing to scratch her across the face.
- He examines himself, he has no scars, his clothes aren't torn, his chest has no gaping hole
- I've read horrifying stories of what happens when a child is aborted, babies being torn to pieces inside the womb, then sucked out, etc etc.
- Out of anger I wanted to tear it into pieces and throw it into trash can, but instead I put it in the drawer of my desk after controlling my temper.
- A bullet tearing the fabric on his shoulder told him that here was not the place to do it.
- Of course what they failed to realise is that a Goth Club is the least likely place for a fight in the world - wouldn't want to break a nail or tear your new PVC outfit would you?
2(divide)dividira nation torn by civil war — una nación dividida / desgarrada por la guerra civil
- he was torn between his sense of duty and his love for her — se debatía entre el sentido del deber y su amor por ella
- I'm really torn; I don't know what to do — estoy en un dilema y no sé qué hacer
3(remove forcibly)to tear sth from sth — arrancar algo de algo
- they tore the bag from my hand — me arrancaron la bolsa de las manos
- So I'm not surprised to hear that they're not planning to kill the lion that tore off the arm of the twenty one year old zookeeper.
- Near Kut some 2,500 Republican Guards tore off their boots and helmets before surrendering to the Americans.
- Winds of 120 mph and drenching rain tore off rooftops, hurled debris through the air and sent huge waves crashing into buildings.
- Baird's diaries make no mention of her, though a few pages have been torn out.
- Rather football followers should delight in the euphoria of Thierry Henry, who tore off his shirt and twirled it joyously around his head.
- But Michael said, ‘She'll be fine,’ and he tore off a new wad of cotton.
- ‘He tore off one of my diamond earrings so it ripped my ear and blood was pouring down my neck,’ she said.
- I tore off part of a page and wrote my name and telephone numbers on it.
- Firing several more shots in quick succession he tore off the magazine, pulled another out of his pouch and pushed it into the recess.
- A couple of Nainotlam volumes are missing and pages have been torn out from another.
- His face was dark and angry, and in one motion, he tore off his vest, and pulled me around, letting me see.
- As he tore off the pull tab, brown foam gushed out over his hand and down the front of his work togs.
- While he tore off bits of fish, his family cried pathetically for a bite.
- I wandered out into the hall and found the guy who tore off our ticket stubs sitting next to an empty table with Calla CDs.
- When I tore off two sheets, there was no second folding, no second wiping.
- He tore off the wrappings and started to work it… and nothing happened.
- Ivan tore off his sleeve and wrapped it around the wound on Joan's arm.
- Each night, when Em said good night, she tore off a page so Margaret could keep track of the date.
- He had nearly finished his Classic Comic, only to find that the last few pages had been torn out.
- He tore off the filters and stuck them in his ears, just before the shock wave of guitar noise crashed down over the bar.
1(become torn)(paper/cloth) romperse(cloth/paper) rasgarse
3(detach)tear along the dotted line — arrancar / rasgar por la línea de puntos
4(rush)to tear along — ir a toda velocidad
- we tore after the thief — nos lanzamos tras el ladrón
- she came tearing down the stairs — bajó las escaleras corriendo
- she went tearing (off) down the road — salió como un bólido por la carretera
5tearing pres phe was in a tearing hurry — iba con muchísima prisa
1rotura femeninoroto masculino Españamasculino desgarrónmasculino rasgónto be on a / the tear — estar hecho una furia
1lágrima femeninoto burst into tears — echarse a llorar
- to end in tears — acabar mal
- to wipe away one's tears — secarse las lágrimas
- to wipe away sb's tears — enjugarle las lágrimas a algn
- his eyes filled with tears — se le llenaron los ojos de lágrimas
- to shed / cry tears of joy — llorar de alegría
- to be in tears — estar llorando
- I found her in tears over the exam results — me la encontré llorando por el resultado del examen
- I was moved to tears — lloré de la emoción
- I was moved to tears by the film — la película me hizo llorar
- it brought tears to my eyes — me hizo llorar
- I laughed till the tears ran down my face — lloré de risa
- I was bored to tears — me aburrí como una ostra
- At that moment, the young woman next to me in the theater burst into tears.
- Keirah only shook her head and tears continued to flow down her cheeks.
- And for the first year or two, you burst into tears at times when you run into a reminder of it, and then the Lord kind of heals you.
- Sheree continued to hold him tenderly from behind as he continued to sob heart-wrenching tears.
- I don't know what happened then, no doubt I burst into tears and if I didn't go looking for mummy she would have come looking for me.
- Elaine wiped her tears away as she continued to look at her daughter and Nicholas.
- Catherine burst into tears of relief when she saw her result posted on the college information board, and so did her parents when she phoned them at home in Old Trafford.
- As we stood between rows and rows of dresses that looked more like housecoats, her tears continued to flow.
- And then he burst into tears, asking why everyone hated him so much.
- Thus the tears continue as unanswered questions abound.
- I watched as several of my colleagues panicked or burst into tears.
- She hadn't noticed James in the doorway as she continued to fight her tears.
- She looked down at the chicks and up at their parents, and burst into tears.
- Then I burst into tears and ran out of the office.
- Sensing his fury, one of his granddaughters burst into tears.
- Worse still, when the singer finishes they are often overcome with emotion, as they burst into tears and then hug everyone around them.
- She held the tears back and continued observing, blinking a few times so her vision could clear.
- I snort, not knowing whether to burst into tears or roll on the ground, howling with laughter.
- She did not feel she fitted in anywhere and she burst into tears.
- The daughter restrains her tears and continues to look at her mother.
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