In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(in space)(distance/hair/legs) largohow long do you want the skirt? — ¿cómo quieres la falda de larga?
- the wall is 200 m long — el muro mide 200 m de largo
- it was a long three miles for the runners — las tres millas se les hicieron muy largas a los corredores
- it's a long way to Tulsa from here — Tulsa queda bastante lejos de aquí
- to be long in the leg — tener las piernas largas
- the grass is getting very long — la hierba está creciendo mucho
- a long drink — un trago largo
- His face, though powerful, was marred by a long scar stretching across his forehead.
- Turning, he could see the dark line of cliffs from which he had come, and a long stretch of beach.
- Among the supplies is a heavy knife with a long blade that will work as a tool or a weapon.
- She is described as white, about 25, of medium build, with long straight brown hair.
- The strikes continue today and bosses are warning claimants and job seekers to expect long queues.
- The hoods of their robes covered their heads, and they wore long belts of white rope.
- My room was at the end of a very long hallway with no doors along most of its length.
- She has long straight blonde hair, which she usually wears in a ponytail.
- After a couple of lefts and a right she found herself in a long, straight corridor.
- I am the last in a relatively long queue.
- Neighbours say he had a pronounced limp and had shaved his head while retaining his long beard.
- High hedging ensures a good deal of privacy and the long driveway provides ample parking.
- The zoo was packed with happy children and there were long queues to get in.
- He had long eyelashes.
- She deftly ties a knot at the end of a long piece of thread before poking the other quickly through the needle's eye.
- Girls with long hair must tie it back with burgundy or black clips to match the uniform.
- He started the car and began to drive down the long road from the camp to the highway.
- The President sits at the head of a long table, immaculately dressed in a suit and striped tie.
- Some of the roads are long and winding which results in numerous blindspots along the way.
- The bride given in marriage by her father Tommy looked radiant in a white dress with long train.
1.2(extensive)(list/letter/book) largothe book is over 300 pages long — el libro tiene más de 300 páginas
- Inquiry reports are often long, comprehensive, densely written, and hard to read.
- Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients: it is really easy to make.
- The long list of activities includes boxing training, snooker and computer games.
- Despite a long list of honorary titles she has remained far from grand.
- While both men have a long list of achievements to their credit, neither is in the first flush of youth.
- I met a German lady who sat in the piazza with a dictionary so that she could write a long letter to me.
- Vegetarians are well catered for and the chef will rustle up a long list of meat-free dishes on request.
- An incredibly long menu makes perfect sense in head office, but causes havoc in the kitchen.
- All I came up with was a series of brain achingly long reports that left me more confused than when I started.
- The attacks are the latest in a long list of violent crimes to have blighted Yorkshire in the last month.
- Ms Kelly said the department eventually put out a long report so that no one would notice its conclusions.
- I made a long list of promises to God of how good I'd be in future if only we could get this sorted out.
- Replacing the bathroom was way down on a long list of home improvement jobs, but it has now made it to the top.
- The former president has a long list of credits not only here at home but abroad.
- Now they have turned to a police offender profiler to try and narrow down a long list of potential suspects.
- He was the original Hollywood heart-throb, a star with good looks and a long list of lovers.
- Lots of things are bad for us, including a long list of potentially unhealthy foods.
- Getting older no longer leads to a long list of activities that you fear even attempting.
- Rarely before had such a long novel been allowed the integrity to express itself.
- The vegetarian menu takes up a page, and there is a long list of fish and poultry dishes.
- A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
- Vocal delivery feels like a poetry reading, spoken as much as sung, but with long drawn syllables.
- French long vowels always occur on stressed syllables.
- Let's assume that long syllables take just twice as long to say as short ones.
- In French, Italian, and Scottish English long vowels occur in a narrow range of positions and in general do not affect meaning.
- The big problem with long vowels is that there is more than one way to spell the same sound.
2(in time)(investigation/struggle) largo(period/illness) prolongado(illness/period) largowhat are your long-term prospects? — ¿qué perspectivas tienes a largo plazo?
- how long was your flight? — ¿cuánto duró el vuelo?
- the movie is three hours long — la película dura tres horas
- two months isn't long enough — dos meses no son suficientes / no es tiempo suficiente
- she's been gone a long time/while — hace tiempo/rato que se fue
- the nights are getting longer — las noches se están haciendo más largas
- he works long hours — trabaja muchas horas
- she gave me a long, hard stare — se me quedó mirando con dureza
- If you are going on vacation for a long period, you can ask the neighbour to keep a watch on your home.
- Britain's defeat means their long search for a gold medal in the men's team pursuit goes on.
- Subsequently I have battled a lot of physical ailments, some of long duration.
- Swindon Traffic Police said long delays were expected due to the volume of the traffic.
- After an excruciatingly long pause, Amy gasped.
- Health problems need to be attended to and resolved or they can linger for a long time.
- Sometimes he takes a long time between balls and then, for a change, he simply turns and comes right at you.
- If they open their windows, the smell pervades their homes and lingers there for a long time.
- The author had a long career in journalism and his final post was that of executive editor of the European.
- The irregular working hours and long gaps between jobs meant I had lots of time for boyfriends.
- Loud arguments and minor scuffles are a common sight, as the long wait wears down patience.
- Nicole said that she did not think she would be ready to marry anyone for a long time.
- At the end of another match he surprised the crowd by breaking into a long speech about Oscar Wilde.
- They spent long periods chasing the ball.
- Colleagues today paid tribute to their engine driver, who had made many friends during his long career.
- I actually managed to get my long speech done in two takes which I was delighted with.
- Aged 39, he was looking forward to a long and successful career in local government.
- It took her quite a long time to get dressed and undressed.
- Once the trailers were over, there was an unusually long pause when the screen was just black.
- However, if you had been a drugs dealer, you could have expected a long prison sentence.
3informal(well endowed with)to be long on sth
- a speech long on rhetoric, but short on substance — un discurso cargado de retórica pero falto de sustancia
- They are long on opinions, but short on evidence.
- Many of the businesses we work in seem long on management and short on leadership.
- The minister has shown she is long on rhetoric but short on action.
- Both movies are extremely long on mystery and innuendo.
- The hearing which followed was long on plausibility, but short on actuality.
- He is long on promises, but short on accomplishments.
- And while Scotland were long on perspiration, they were woefully short on inspiration.
4Finance(stock/bill) a largo plazo
- Is there a worldwide shortage of long bonds?
- Provided that restricted shares can be bought at a deep discount to market, it would make much sense for the group holding long shares to try and convert those shares into a far greater number of restricted shares.
- That does not rule out the potential of long stocks that are going up during a down- trending market, but the probability of that happening is not as high as the alternative.
- After all, back in the seventies, the long bond yield was up in the mid teens.
- For this reason, their value is often calculated by making reference to the long bond yield.
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