In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1masculine bloquemasculine bloquemasculine sillaralphabet/building blocks — tabiques de letras/de construcción Mexico
- the executioner's block — el tajo del verdugo
- he was sent to the block — lo condenaron a ser decapitado
- to knock sb's block off — romperle la crisma a algn
- Now it resembled a low fortress wall with blocks of stone evenly cut and dressed, and white lines to guide devotees on moonless nights.
- In their traditional form, glass blocks are set like bricks or concrete blocks - one block at a time in slow, carefully constructed rows.
- An Incan wall of irregular stone blocks, fitted together so precisely that even after centuries of earthquakes it is not possible to fit a piece of paper between the joints.
- She took out a large knife from the cutting block and sliced a piece of cheese, promptly eating one.
- There, as it had been during his initial inspection, was a stone block wall just as solid as any other in the castle.
- It was like we were sitting on opposite sides of a block of marble.
- All the features, including stone blocks, wooden and steel doors and even the ironmongery, were hand-carved by the company's craft experts.
- Common building materials are concrete blocks and bricks.
- These huge, isolated blocks of rock look as though they should not be there.
- We waited two more months, saving enough to purchase 1,500 concrete blocks for the basement walls.
- This guy has built various mathematical surfaces from lego blocks and some of them look amazingly intricate.
- Other materials for terraces include bricks, rocks, concrete blocks, and similar masonry materials.
- The surface of gravel or blocks set on stone provides another permeable layer.
- Its walls are made of solid stone blocks weighing over sixty tons each.
- One of the beds is even held up by a stack of wooden blocks!
- You're going to need a paved surface, concrete blocks, Tarmac even, so the delivery vehicles can get to the shops by the river.
- The strapping is used for a wide range of materials such as bricks, blocks, briquettes and tiles.
- It is unfashionable to say so, but there is something powerfully evocative about this block of stone.
- Extracting a block of wood and a knife he held it up to her from his seat on the floor.
- The upper guide had a steel roller at the back of the saw with hard maple side blocks.
- It is hoped to build a block wall faced with stone as soon as possible.
- Alex indicated a small, wooden block embedded in the stone floor.
1.2Sporttaco de salida masculineto be first off the blocks — ser el primero en la salida
- He's not quick enough to defeat blocks in the run game to pursue backside running plays and is a liability in coverage.
- Exactly half of his deliveries were on a good length, and while he banged 18 in short, another 11 were pitched well up in the blockhole.
- He picked up four late wickets by virtue of keeping the ball up in the blockhole.
- Miss a block and a teammate will be dealt a devastating blow.
- He is smart, quick and agile enough to make blocks downfield, but lacks the initial pop to be an outstanding guard.
- He can pull on running plays and screens and get downfield to throw a block.
- This also limits his ability to make downfield blocks on linebackers.
- Bell is usually the first one downfield on punts, fighting through blocks and disrupting the return.
- Driver caught seven passes for 78 yards and executed several downfield blocks.
- His exceptional quickness and agility allow him to get downfield and make blocks at the second level of the defense.
- He was the bulldozer for college football's most punishing running attack, with the pancake block being his trademark.
- Dilger doesn't hesitate to sell out on a block downfield or on the line.
- He's a good athlete who has the ability to get downfield and make blocks.
- He misses, the ball lands in the block hole, and makes contact with the pads.
- Moss, meanwhile, began running out every pattern, even when he was a decoy, and he started throwing blocks downfield.
- Wand has long arms, but he doesn't use them to his advantage to gain leverage and maintain blocks.
- When it comes to communicating the importance of a movement, a block, a play, or a game, Davis has few equals.
- He is very good in space, whether it's pulling on wide plays or getting a downfield block.
1.3Printingfeminine planchafeminine placamasculine taco
- The printing blocks are made of wood, metal and other materials.
- The goal is to provide practical experience about block printing and registration of blocks.
- For multi-color printing several blocks had to be carved - one for each color.
- He has a predilection for wallpaper and wrapping paper, to which he applies repetitive motifs using stamps made from cut and engraved blocks of wood dipped in printer's ink or paint.
- The artist could carve an image onto wooden or metal blocks, ink the block and impress it on paper.
1.4(of paper)bloc masculine
- if you want to make good watercolor sketches, pick up a block<(em> of watercolor paper in some portable size.
- The blocks of paper demolished the wall that was being repaired by builder David Gott after they were flung from the vehicle on the sharp corner bend approaching Keighley Road from Colne.
- A large conference table and whiteboard occupied one side of the room; the other side was filled with desks, notebooks and drawing blocks.
- I had my notes, a block of standard A4 lined refill paper for my essays and a sketchbook for art.
- And her eye falls on a ball-point pen, which is innocently lying on top of a block of squared paper.
2(at auction)plataforma femininethey are putting their boat on the block next week — la semana que viene rematan su barco Latin America
3.1US (distance between two streets)feminine manzanacuadra feminine Latin Americacalle feminine Spainwe went for a walk around the block — fuimos a dar una vuelta a la manzana
- it's eight blocks from here — está a ocho cuadras de aquí
- A vigil every 20 blocks for the whole length of Manhattan.
- I took this photo this morning on a street a couple of blocks from my house.
- They walked up the four blocks to the coffee house.
- A few arrests were made when protesters tried to break through barricades set up within two blocks of the Garden along the march route.
- As she shoved the note back into her book, the sound of several storm doors could be heard along the block as some of the late kids ran to catch the bus.
- It's five blocks to the mall in the opposite direction from the school, four blocks past my house.
- I'm pretty sure you can obtain all those things within 2 or 3 blocks along Melrose Blvd. in Hollywood.
- At about the same time, a few blocks from Mrs. Rider, a woman and her children awoke and began vomiting.
- Allie's house was only four blocks away so we decided to walk there.
- On the same block four months later, a construction worker renovating a house made a dreadful discovery.
- The Marines found that one out of every four city blocks contained a major weapons storage area.
- In no time at all the said queue stretched the entire length of the block.
- Broadway is a few blocks distant but worlds away from the cultural corridor along Grand Avenue.
- She sat sullenly the last three blocks, tension mounting within her.
- And the water can enter the system from an area three, four blocks, a mile away.
- As a result, he photographed and described street blocks and individual houses.
- One of the residents said the area's council blocks had been transformed since the project started.
- This map does not register streets or blocks of houses, but consists of the sheer movements of real people.
- They could hear the noise from the crowd when they were a block away, along with the sounds of the band tuning up.
- On the block where I lived, I remember seeing a young woman hunched over in pain, weeping hysterically.
- Just down the street from me, for example, there's a block with several boarded-up houses on it.
- Although the distance to the pool was only about the length of a short block, my feet felt as though they were about to fall off because they were so cold.
- The Trust owns about 70 percent of four blocks in that area.
- We walked along the piers seven blocks then up the hill to the Pike Street Market.
- At the same time in DC, three intimidating looking black guys pulled up in front of a big house on a tree-lined block in a suburban neighborhood.
- I would never backpack or turn a somersault or jump to the ground from even the most modest height or run the length of half a block.
- Interior hallways run nearly the length of a city block, and could have resembled an endless, generic motel corridor.
- The houses were arranged in blocks, with four houses to every side of a block.
- She made her way to the corner store four blocks from her house.
- In particular, there is concern over several blocks along Fifth and Forbes Avenues in the center of town.
- He had only seen her from a distance, from a block away, but that had been enough, and he was determined never to see her up close.
- Long lines of cars, taxis and buses coiled around city blocks and suburban streets.
- Now the former residents are being resettled in distant, high-rise residential blocks.
- The family lives on a close-knit block in suburban Chicago.
- Nora was walking down the street a couple of blocks away from my house.
- Regular maintenance of the street ended after three blocks and the area beyond looked rougher.
- Somebody's already started going around my block in an ice cream van - before the daffodils are even certain of themselves yet.
- There are five different Vinyl Japan stores in the same block, four if you don't count the house/dance music store.
3.2(building)a block of flats — un edificio de departamentos Latin America
- an office block — un edificio de oficinas
- the shower block — el pabellón de las duchas
4(section)masculine partefeminine secciónmasculine bloquemasculine paquetefeminine secciónmasculine taco
6.1(blockage)obstrucción femininebloqueo masculineI have a complete block about left and right — siempre me armo un lío con la derecha y la izquierda
- he has a mental block about physics — tiene un bloqueo mental con la física
- If you break the rules of existence, there's usually a block to progress until you have connected things.
- The major problem that emerges is voltage leaks, which cause the chip to heat up considerably and ultimately put a block on progress.
- I refuse to believe that the colour of my skin is a block to achieving whatever I want to be.
- But you put up mental and emotional blocks around your mind.
- The public system as a whole is seen as a block to that market.
- It had just become too expensive (and was becoming a block to ‘free’ trade).
- The result was ‘a writing block which went on for a long time, and I am sure it was because I was afraid to say what I wanted, what mattered to me’.
- Indeed, I fear that serial co-habitation could actually be a block to marriage with parties becoming afraid of making the commitment.
- Also, overcoming the obstacle of having these blocks put in the path - they're not willing to settle for less than what they're capable of doing.
- It goes to reinforce my jaded view that the media are a block to reasoned public debate, the open society, and education.
- The writing block that plagued him for years has started to lift.
- Maybe he has a writing block because he doesn't smoke.
- Secondly a whole set of conditions have been placed on the developing world, many of which have been seen by campaigners and the nations themselves, as a block to necessary progress.
- A high-profile civil case would mean lurid newspaper headlines and act as a block to any possibility of restarting a television career.
6.2(obstacle)obstáculo masculineblock to sth — obstáculo para algo
6.3(embargo)bloqueo masculineto put a block on sth — bloquear algo
7.1(in boxing, fencing)bloqueo masculineparada feminine
7.2(in volleyball, US football)bloqueo masculine
1(obstruct)(road/entrance) bloquearyou're blocking my way — me estás impidiendo / bloqueando el paso
- that fat man is blocking my view — ese gordo no me deja ver
2(sink/drain) atascar(sink/drain) tapar Latin Americamy nose is blocked — tengo la nariz tapada
4(prevent)(attempt/progress) obstaculizar(attempt/progress) impedir(sale/funds/account) congelar(sale/funds/account) bloquear
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