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(practical measures)prompt action by the police saved several lives — la rápida actuación de la policía salvó varias vidas
- action is needed now to … — hay que tomar medidas / actuar inmediatamente para …
- we demand action! — ¡exigimos que se haga algo!
- which course of action do you recommend? — ¿qué medidas recomienda?
- he didn't rule out military action — no descartó la intervención del ejército
- they took disciplinary action against her — fue sancionada
- to take action — actuar
- to take action against sb/sth — tomar medidas contra algn/algo
- no further action will be taken — no se tomará ninguna otra medida
- action! — ¡acción!
- But the speech had had the desired effect: public health action had finally been galvanised.
- When we demand the government take action in a field we no nothing about we are courting disaster.
- Assuming that the figures are an effective measure of overall hospital performance, what action should then follow?
- She said emissions to air, waste management and water eutrophication required urgent action.
- Elections are the paramount means for influencing governmental action.
- He was also a source of ideas and plans for covert action to influence the course of the war.
- If so, it is important to know your rights and how to take action against unfair work practices.
- Their action had the desired effect of restoring confidence in the market and helped the bullion price to begin its recent recovery.
- The congressman behind the report will tell us how he's planning to take action.
- One of the callers threatened to take action against the attackers.
- I did in fact take action at that time on advice from officials to address these concerns.
- Both unions have threatened strike action if their demands are not met.
- I know that some have argued that we should take action to achieve a very much smaller population.
- It would take a change in the minister of state to really effect some action.
- As with all security audits, should the results require remedial action, such actions will be taken.
- People need to write their Congressmen about this and demand the Army take action.
- Postal services could be hit by prolonged strike action over plans to process North Yorkshire's mail in Leeds at weekends.
- What can be done about it and what effects will any action have on the rest of the economy and the environment?
- With the local prosecutor declining to take action, the issue has probably peaked.
- Secondly, we may consider the effects of human action on the environment itself.
1.2in action — en acción
- I'm back in action now — ya estoy de nuevo al pie del cañón
- to go into action — entrar en acción
- the government has swung into action against tax evasion — el Gobierno se ha lanzado a combatir la evasión fiscal
- to put sth into action — poner algo en práctica
- out of action
- my car is out of action — tengo el coche averiado
- he'll be out of action for a few weeks — va a estar fuera de circulación durante unas semanas
2.1(deed)acto masculinetheir actions show them to be untrustworthy — la forma en que actúan demuestra que no son dignos de confianza
- my first action would be to call the police — lo primero que haría sería llamar a la policía
- I won't be responsible for my actions if it happens again — si vuelve a suceder, yo no respondo de mí
- actions speak louder than words — el movimiento se demuestra andando
- They knew that complaining about her actions could raise questions about their conduct and did it anyway.
- The consumer is king and it is the consumer who must accept a little more responsibility for the actions of global companies that are only reacting to our whims.
- There comes a point where you have to take responsibility for your own actions.
- It's all well and good to perform these actions in response to the alarm clock if that's what happens every day.
- The wider issue is the question of the state's behaviour and whether its actions were responsible.
- Bacon accepts no responsibility for your drunken actions if this is attempted!
- The scene requires viewers to question the actions and reactions of characters in a highly complex situation.
- Welcome to the real world people, a world of personal responsibility where actions can generate reactions.
- When will she take responsibility for her own actions?
- The book is a sustained diatribe questioning Churchill's actions from the early 1930s through 1941.
- But there is also a perceived need on the part of governments to build up a momentum in public opinion both to justify its actions and bury awkward questions.
- However, the actions of corporations do have effects on the environment, society, and culture, etc.
- Notwithstanding his off-field actions, no one questions Carey's commitment to the concept of team.
- The legislation will raise further questions in relation to actions open to an employer if a drug test proves positive, he said.
- You alone are responsible for your own actions and behavior in life.
- A nurse has told a jury she did not feel able to question the actions of a colleague who mistakenly gave a toddler an incorrect injection.
- It is not your responsibility to control their actions and behavior.
- Our group largely agreed but added that the police response to our actions would play a decisive role in how far things would escalate.
- Our country was founded in response to the actions of an over-reaching, hegemonic empire.
- Increasingly dog-tired and conflicted, his actions often seem those of a guilty man.
- Most bolt actions will fit the cartridge without bolt modification and bullets up to .35 caliber can be fitted into some variation of the case.
- He moved the slide action back and forth, checking that the movement was smooth enough to meet his satisfaction.
- His actions are machined from pre heat-treated 4140 bar stock using all carbide tooling.
3.1(combat)acción (de guerra) feminineto go into action — entrar en acción
- killed/wounded in action — muerto/herido en combate
- to see action — combatir
- He was wounded in action in Italy in November 1944.
- Most National Guard and Reservists sign up thinking they'll never see action, let alone deployment overseas.
- His father, a gifted poet who worked in a bank, was killed in action in France in 1917.
- Those killed in military action are represented as inflicting their own deaths.
- As the news of their son's bravery came in, his parents didn't seem surprised that he had been in the thick of the action on the outskirts of the city.
- A former soldier who was in the thick of the action during the War told how he had met his match - in York.
- He saw early action in North Africa, where he was awarded a Military Cross and bar.
- Military action is but a single prong of a much larger and broader effort to halt the threat of terrorism.
- Wayne's body has never been found, he is listed as missing in action, and presumed to be dead.
- Nevertheless, members of this camp believe that the onset of military action might give the market a lift.
- In each case, only outside military action eventually ended Genocide.
- Military action, especially a Nato assault, must be the option of last resort.
- Several yeomen are known to have volunteered for service at Waterloo, but no formed units saw action until the Second Boer War.
- Casualties totaled 77,000 men, which included 8,000 killed in action, 48,000 wounded in action, and 21,000 as prisoners of war or missing in action.
- Cope was one of more than 8,000 Americans missing in action during the Korean War.
4.1(plot)acción femininethe action takes place in Florence — la acción se desarrolla en Florencia
- Time. Used to define the limits of the story and around which action is organized.
- As the action moves from Königsberg to Cambridge, such ironies build and become more acute.
- Yes the story and action is horrific at times but Ray and Kathy put in such excellent performances.
- This film is closely inspired by and links to the story, characters and action of Driver 3.
- An ability to penetrate the superficialities of the story and action to see the moral truths expressed therein.
- Ralph the Heir was written in spring and summer 1869 - the same period that the novel's action is set.
- Jackson is back for the sequel, playing the tough Security Agency head, and this time the action is set in Washington DC.
- It is set about two hundred years ago, at the time of the Napoleonic wars; the action takes place mostly in England.
- The action of the story divides between this rural backdrop and Helsinki, to which Eeva eventually flees.
- There isn't actually a lot of dramatic action happening - much of the story revolves around the psychology.
- While the action sometimes moved a little too slowly, there were plenty of funny scenes to keep things bubbling along.
- Yet, compared to Deus Ex, it seems to have far less action and far more story.
4.2(exciting activity)animación femininethey went downtown looking for some action — fueron al centro en busca de la movida
- to get a piece / slice of the action — (gain advantage) sacar tajada
- Thankfully, that proved to be unfounded and we can continue to savour the prospect of some exciting action.
- My only criticism is that perhaps there could have been a little more exciting action.
- The pair will present a brand new weekend show covering all the latest sporting action from across the globe.
- The second half was brimful of exciting action, even if the scoring returns were nothing to crow about.
- So a CEO has to spend time where the action is, or you're not going to get the true picture.
- Things got off to a slow start but by mid afternoon there was non stop action.
- On the eve of his 100th birthday, Gaston suffered a stroke, but it didn't stop his drive to be ‘to be where the action’ was where the action was.
- On some days it was difficult for visitors to know which way to look because there was just so much exciting wildlife action going on around them.
- It will be in place on match-days so that fans can catch up on the latest Sunday sporting action before and after the Knights home matches.
- Well chapter 7 is done, and with it the first real action in the story so far, from my point of view at least.
- Exciting racing action throughout the weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
- So probably not much exciting, government-toppling action for me sadly.
- Hollywood is hot, but this is where the action is and sometimes it is fun to be where the action is.
- It also helped that I play a lot of video games in a similar effort to infuse my life with nonstop action.
- At one level, the movie is about science fiction, kung fu, firearms and non-stop action.
- The film is funny and exciting, with non-stop action and set pieces.
- The first sporting action will be at Hampden Park where the football tournament will kick off.
- Five games on each day of the carnival means that there is non-stop action throughout the weekend.
- It was a complete jump away from slow-moving stories to one containing action and excitement.
- Excitement, glamour, exposure, top sporting action, cash by the barrow-load.
5.1(movement)movimiento masculinefeminine marcha
- He was slightly taken back by her action yet returned the gesture, content to have her small frame in his arms.
- Christopher also bent down to the parcel, concealing his and her actions with a turned back and diminished movements.
- No words, just clean efficient movement and actions.
- It's important to express our love through words and actions, kissing and hugging our children often.
- He doesn't tend to speak, rather communicate in actions and gestures.
- His movements contradicted the others' actions, his steps were graceful and quiet like that of a doe.
- Simple actions and words are put at a premium when they aren't used to buoy a Message of Personal and Social Importance.
- How was it possible for someone as dumb and arrogant as Heath to make me blush with a simple action or word?
- They do not perform actions, and their movements and modifications are not caused by motives, for the simple reason that they have no minds with which to perceive.
- Rue fumed silently as he hummed contentedly and she watched him closely, studying his movements and actions.
- For many years it has been known that rock failure is complex, and results from the many stresses arising from the combined movements and actions of the tooth of a rock bit.
- The darkness of winter slows the city's heartbeat, making our every action or movement an effort.
- This workshop was the first phase of a training programme in which the kids learnt how to create expressions, actions and movements of characters.
- Movement and actions were scripted superbly, which is immediately evident when engaged for the first time in battle.
- Some levels will have you performing the same movements and actions for ten minutes only to get you to a room with no purpose.
- Her actions and movements sluggish and purposefully so, she has a bad feeling.
- But their movement and actions are depicted with expressiveness and drama.
- They learn that gestures and actions are a form of communication and begin to say a few ‘real’ words.
- What is meant by movement is specific actions of the weapon and body.
- The actors, in their movements and actions, too remind one of theatrical expressions that are wholly Malayali in origin.
5.2(operation)funcionamiento masculinebiological/chemical action — acción biológica/química
- Our purpose was to study this great battle to better inform military actions in the future.
- The doctrine of ‘preemptive’ war will remain in force, and will be used to justify further military actions.
- He could have engaged in military actions short of an outright invasion.
- He also lists the numerous combat actions in which the United States became involved after the fall of the Soviet Union.
- ‘This is a disgrace to all those who have legitimately received injuries or died in the combat actions since the first day of the war,’ Robinson said.
- In Africa there have been unilateral military actions by states to overthrow despotic governments in neighbouring states.
- However, other soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines die in combat actions, too.
- For a long time the concept of combat was synonymous to the concept of military actions.
- But recent weeks have seen a resurgence of armed actions by government opponents.
- Hawks hurriedly flew off to protect Paris but Paris was soon occupied and the Hawk pilots attempted to fight a rearguard action as they retreated from one base to another.
- The combined arms battle called for concerted actions by infantry and artillery later joined by tanks and aviation.
- One was to engage in guerilla actions and wear the enemy down.
- They sought to wear down the adversary through harassing actions and protracted conflict.
- Further, subsequent military actions may depend on the effectiveness of a non-lethal attack.
- It was the beginning of decades of military actions until the wars of independence ended in 1825.
- The murkiness and chaos that attend armed conflict mean military actions are hardly immune to mistake.
- Third, normally blockade takes the form of systematic naval military actions.
- Some of our adversaries are not bound by the laws we value and which regulate U.S. military actions.
- We had been fighting a rearguard action across France, and we were 30 miles outside Dunkirk when the evacuation began on May 26th.
- This meant that they were part-time warriors and that spoils of war played a major role in military actions.
5.3(of drug, chemical)acción feminineefecto masculineaction on sth — efecto sobre algo
- The tetrodo-toxin produced has a selective blocking effect on nerve action potentials.
- That very specificity of chemical action is often a highly prized medicinal property.
- Prevent major spills which can form a hard glaze and destroy the chemical oxidizing action.
- For outdoor metal sculpture waxing at least once a year is essential to protect the metal from chemical action.
- When all the finish is removed, apply a neutralizer to stop the chemical action.
- The Hox genes exert this influence by their action on the genes controlling the development of these structures.
- Onset of action is rapid and side effects include local irritation and unpleasant taste.
- Therefore the area of the roadway in question had been subject to the detrimental effects of frost action.
- Considering the different mechanisms of the action of the two drugs, different protective effects are suggested.
- The precise mechanism of the biological actions of this plant is not fully understood.
- Problems included unspecified dosages, unclear information about drug action, and side effects of drugs.
- Syrup alone may act as a demulcent and provide antitussive action without side effects.
- This effect could be the consequence of the anti-proliferative action of glucocorticoids.
- I think the chemical action of light is to be regarded in this way.
7Lawdemanda feminineto bring an action against sb — demandar a algn
1poner en marcha British informal(claim) tramitar
- If he fails to do so, he is held liable, whereas in an action for negligence the legal burden in most cases remains throughout on the plaintiff.
- These costs can be recovered in a variety of ways: through fines, charges, or civil actions for damages.
- The litigation was an action in the District Court, your Honour, in a commercial matter.
- As with other questions in this chapter it also covers a number of the judicial actions in the Community legal order.
- The first chance event is whether the plaintiff decides to bring an action for common law damages.
- After his accident in the spring of 1988, Kenneth sued for damages in a civil action.
- The plaintiffs commenced an action in private law for recovery of the money due.
- He will remain as a defendant and the action will proceed against him and the other three defendants.
- If a writ in a Queen's Bench action is not issued within the statutory time limit the action cannot proceed.
- The ability to make comparisons with damages awarded for non-pecuniary losses in personal injury actions would have a salutary effect on libel juries.
- Here, the contractor was the plaintiff and the owners were the defendants in a lien action.
- Academic commentators have discussed various possibilities for legal actions, both of a criminal and civil nature.
- It must be stressed that it is not for the court to assign a legal classification to the actions brought by the plaintiffs before the national court.
- That case was not concerned with public law but was a civil action for damages.
- Judicial Watch has filed 92 lawsuits and legal actions against government officials.
- The Claimant would lose his action against the primary tort feasor and must look to a claim against his solicitors.
- The company says it has a strong case and intends to fight the action.
- Would the law of New Zealand that takes away rights of common law actions for personal injuries and puts people on some kind of pension scheme apply?
- There's also a limit on how long after a wrongful act a civil action can be commenced.
- The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.
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