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(fragment, scrap)pedazo masculinetrozo masculinein tiny bits — en pedacitos / trocitos
- to smash sth to bits — hacer pedazos / añicos algo
- to tear sth to bits — romper algo en pedazos
- the critics pulled the book to bits — los críticos destrozaron el libro
- bits and pieces — (assorted items, belongings) cosas
- she bought a table and a few other bits and pieces — compró una mesa y otras cosas más
- bits and pieces of material — retazos
- to be thrilled to bits — estar contentísimo
- We both study things in minute detail and piece bits of evidence together and it is very similar with scenes of crime work.
- A bit of rain she can cope with but a deluge of hard, stinging pingy bits of ice is too much even for Dolly the Mega Cat.
- Also, there are some really sad bits and some manipulative bits of very dubious taste.
- One of the outfits means I will be baring bits of skin that don't usually see the light of day.
- With a few bits of cardboard, a light and a bit of plastic, Pratt's little model echoes both the reality and the dream.
- In more prepared circumstances I might have added some bite sized bits of chicken.
- The force of its landing literally exploded it into little pieces, and tiny bits of bark covered my clothes.
- Other than that, I've managed to put the finishing touches on some bits of music I've been working on.
- With its clear chicken broth, bits of green onion, finely shredded cabbage and artfully fastened dumplings, said soup is a fine way to begin your feast.
- His is an impressive collection of rusty coins and nails, corroded bullets and belt buckles, pieces of swords and knives, shards and bits of broken bottles.
- It was piecing together different bits of conversations.
- So for history's sake, check out these closeted bits of celluloid for a bit of perspective on how far we've come.
- You can't expect your role models to be perfect at everything, you have to piece them together from bits of everybody you admire for different reasons.
- Reaching my chosen spot I dropped some bits of bread across to the far bank, watching it float downstream then across the current to our bank.
- He made a telephone call to the Observer and with readers' help slowly began to piece bits of the puzzle together and build up the museum.
- There are also files and other bits of correspondence littering every available surface and the whole area is generally a bit of a mess.
- Individual elements such as pieces of driftwood or bits of furniture retained traces of their former life, but also melted into the larger organic whole.
- Otherwise, the piece had some good bits of news.
- I've been trying to identify what bits of the blog work well (that these bits should even exist may come as a bit of a shock to some of you, I'm sure) and what bits don't work so well.
- Certainly there are bits of the concert on the dvd which I didn't remember, but you would expect a bit of that.
1.2British (small piece)trocito masculinepedacito masculineI wrote the number down on a bit of paper — anoté el número en un trocito de papel / en un papelito
- a bit on the side
- he's her bit on the side — es su segundo frente
1.3British (component part)pieza feminineto take sth to bits — desarmar algo
- The hole is right above the bit for virtually dust-free routering, and the connector is a friction fit so it can be removed in an instant.
- It is a good idea to also cut out a small opening above the bit for air-flow, and leave sufficient room in your table opening for sawdust to escape the cut.
- Align the pilot bit of the hole saw with the center point you marked earlier in the face of the door, and begin drilling.
- Start your router with the piece raised above the bit and the lines positioned like this, and then push the stock down onto the bit and then keeping the stock against the fence, push the stock from right to left till the bit pops out the back.
- Turn on the router and position the stock, angled so that the back of the piece rests on the table, but the front of the piece is just above the bit at the first mark.
- The way to change the cutting depth of the bit varies among different router types, makes, and models.
- They were Rris-built devices, requiring two Rris to power the treadle turning the shaft, but the bits and cutting blades were of improved carbon steel.
2.1(section, piece)parte feminineto do one's bit — aportar / poner su (/ mi etc. ) granito de arena
- I did my bit too — yo también aporté / puse mi granito de arena
- while your father was doing his bit in France — mientras tu padre estaba en el frente en Francia
2.2(episode)parte femininebits of the book are quite good — algunas partes del libro están bastante bien
- As this is something of a landmark survey may we be excused for pushing the boat out a bit?
- And if so, we can say that it merely happened that the seed dropped where it did and not a bit further on.
- Nanna was there so we all hung out for a bit and then she helped me dye my hair black for the party.
- If this means staying off the usual glass or three of wine per evening for a bit, so be it.
3.1(some, a little)un poco dea bit of peace and quiet — un poco de paz y tranquilidad
- with a little bit of luck — con un poquito de suerte
- a bit of salt — un poco de sal
- we had a bit of difficulty finding a hotel — nos resultó algo difícil encontrar un hotel
- it takes a bit of getting used to — cuesta un poco acostumbrarse
- they have a fair bit/ quite a bit of work to do — tienen bastante trabajo que hacer
- she went with them a good bit of the way — los acompañó una gran parte del trayecto
- whether you come or not won't make a bit of difference — da exactamente lo mismo que vengas o no
- it didn't make a bit of difference, he still did it — no sirvió de nada, lo hizo igual
3.2British (rather)we had a bit of an argument — tuvimos una pequeña discusión
- it was a bit of a waste of time — fue en cierta manera una pérdida de tiempo
- I've got a bit of a headache — me duele un poco la cabeza
- she's a bit of an expert — es casi una experta
- was he ashamed? not a bit of it! — ¿que si estaba avergonzado? ¡para nada! / ¡en absoluto! / ¡ni en lo más mínimo!
4.1(somewhat)un pocoa bit faster — un poco más rápido
- the town's changed a bit — la ciudad ha cambiado algo / un poco
- she looks a bit pale — está un poco pálida
- I drank a bit too much — bebí un poco más de la cuenta / un poco demasiado
- that must be worth a bit! — ¡eso debe de valer mucho / lo suyo!
- we spent quite a bit — gastamos bastante
- were you worried? — not a bit — ¿estabas preocupado? — en absoluto
- I wouldn't be a bit surprised — no me sorprendería para nada / en lo más mínimo
- she hasn't changed a bit — no ha cambiado (para) nada
4.2(a while)un momentoun rato
5.1bit by bit — de a poco Latin America Southern Cone
- I'm every bit as disappointed as you — estoy absolutamente tan decepcionado como tú
- he looks every bit the young executive — tiene todo el aspecto del joven ejecutivo
6informal(act, performance)she was doing her 'indignant parent' bit — estaba en su papel de madre indignada
7.1(in US)two bits — veinticinco centavos de dólar
- his promise isn't worth two bits — su promesa no vale ni cinco
- I don't care / give two bits what she thinks — me importa un bledo / un comino lo que piense
7.2British informal (coin)moneda femininea 50p bit — una moneda de 50 peniques
9(of bridle)freno masculinebocado masculineto champ at the bit
- she was champing at the bit — la consumía la impaciencia
- to have the bit between one's teeth
- she has the bit between her teeth — está que no la para nadie
10(on drill)broca femininebarrena femininemecha feminine Argentina
11Britishslang, derogatory(woman)tipa feminine informal derogatorytía feminine Spain informalmina feminine Southern Cone slang
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