In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(wager)apuesta feminineto win/lose a bet — ganar/perder una apuesta
- I had / made a bet with Charlie that Brazil would win — le aposté a Charlie que ganaría Brasil
- place your bets, please — hagan sus apuestas, señores
- to take bets — aceptar apuestas
2(option)Bad Boy is a good bet for the Derby — Bad Boy es una fija para el Derby
- Brown is the best bet to win the election — Brown es quien más probabilidades tiene de ganar las elecciones
- your best bet is to stay here — lo mejor que puedes hacer es quedarte aquí
- your safest bet would be to invest in government bonds — lo menos arriesgado sería invertir en bonos del estado
- she's a bad bet in my opinion — opino que no es la más indicada
- it's a pretty good / fair bet that someone here speaks English — es casi seguro que aquí alguien habla inglés
- my bet is that she wins — apuesto (a) que gana ella
- to hedge one's bets — cubrirse
1(gamble)(money) apostarDavid bet him £5 the Liberals would win — David le apostó cinco libras (a) que ganaban los liberales
- he bet his whole salary on a horse — le apostó / le jugó todo el sueldo a un caballo
- While at Wednesday, he and two team-mates placed a bet on a match against Ipswich, which eventually led to jail terms and life bans from the game.
- Why wouldn't you make a bet on the fact that oil's only going to become more expensive?
- Well, if you want to make a bet on that, let me know.
- Despite the fact that you should expect to be out of pocket whenever you gamble lots of people still fancy a flutter on the horses, a bet on the dogs or a punt on the occasional football match.
- A quinella is a bet on the first two horses; it is not, as some people believe, a Mexican cheese pie.
- Among his solutions is ‘livelihood insurance,’ or policies that pay off if a bet on a pioneering career fails to work out.
- When he agrees to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge for a bet, it is only because a dummy will be substituted at the crucial moment.
- When I first arrived at Aubergine eight years ago the three of them had a bet on how long I'd last (women chefs are rare).
- And I hope that both of them are brave enough to make a bet on the market system, creating a context for growth rather than a plan for development.
- A senior manager at a trucking firm in Australia liked a bet on the horses.
- These days, rodeos are more than simply the locals having a laugh and a bet on whether someone can stay on a bucking bull.
- We made a bet on whether or not you would get jealous and the only way to prove it was to make you believe we were a couple.
- We'll put a bet on it now and I'll come back next year and see how you're doing.
- Anecdotal evidence from bookkeeping chains confirms that a new demographic is emerging, as is a new way of betting - for example, placing a bet on who will score the next goal is becoming common.
- Seven years ago I wouldn't have wagered a bet on him still playing rugby at the age of 30.
- Thinking of putting a bet on who will win the Rose of Tralee?
- Meanwhile, he added that he was so certain that someone alive today will still be alive in 2150, he had placed a bet on it with a friend.
- For once-a-year punters who do not want to go to a betting shop, placing a bet on the world's most famous steeplechase can be done from the comfort of an armchair these days.
- Just take all the money in your bank account and place a bet on India winning the Miss World title again.
- Consequently, you take only a small position with a hedge, because it's a bet on what you think won't happen.
2(be sure)jugarseapostarI bet he doesn't even remember my name — apuesto (a) que ni se acuerda de mi nombre
- I had a hard time persuading him — I'll bet you did! — me costó mucho convencerlo — ¡me lo puedo imaginar!
- I can do it! — (I) bet (you) you can't! — —¡a que no!
- I bet you any money / anything you like, they're late — me juego / te apuesto lo que quieras (a) que llegan tarde
- you can bet your boots / your life / your bottom dollar — apuesto / me juego la cabeza / camisa
- am I angry? you bet your (sweet) life I'm angry! — ¿que si estoy enojada? ¡por supuesto / ya lo creo que lo estoy!
1(gamble)jugarI'm not a betting man, but … — yo no soy jugador, pero …
- to bet on sth/sb — apostarle a algo/algn
- I'm betting on it to win — le voy a apostar a ganador
2(be sure)I wouldn't bet on it — yo no estaría tan seguro
- (do you) want to bet? — ¿quieres apostar?
- will you be there? — you bet! — ¿irás? — ¡por supuesto!
- I bet! — sí, seguro
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