In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- He lies awake at night, with Laura in the next room, sleeping the sleep of the virago.
- It was not the glance of a cheerful guardian of the shelves, but instead the leer of a triumphant virago.
- She sat there and took it like some kind of valkyrie or virago, perhaps the harpies of ancient myth.
- Before vanishing altogether, the woman warrior becomes a hideous virago in prints and paintings in France and abroad.
- She is such a virago, so self-centred, and even self-indulgent that she seems to care for nothing except her own career.
- I mutely watched two petite viragos lob insults at each other over the ethics of having a friend hold one's place in line.
- He rolled his eyes and bent his head close towards hers, looking for the entire world to be whispering sweet nothings into her ears, while actually saying ‘Would you cooperate, you obstinate virago?’
- There's no one in the whole of London who will disagree with the fact that Her Ladyship is a virago, plain and simple.
- He only silently curses the Quartermaster for somehow arranging him to be left with this nagging virago yet again.
- Worst of all is the disastrous family his daughter is about to marry into, a graceless mob of halfwits headed by a foul-mouthed virago.
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