In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(propel)soplarshe blew the ash onto the floor — sopló y echó la ceniza al suelo
- stop blowing smoke into my face! — ¡no me eches el humo a la cara!
- a gust blew the door shut — una ráfaga de viento cerró la puerta de golpe
- the helicopter blew a cloud of dust into the air — el helicóptero levantó una nube de polvo
- to blow sth away/off/along
- all trace of their camp had been blown away by the wind — el viento no había dejado ni rastro del campamento
- her hat was blown off — se le voló el sombrero
- they let the wind blow them along — se dejaron llevar por el viento
- the wind blew the roof off the kiosk — el viento le arrancó el techo al quiosco
- the plane was blown off course — el viento sacó el avión de su curso
- look what the wind's blown in! — ¡mira quién ha aparecido!
2.1(make by blowing)(glass) soplarto blow bubbles — hacer pompas de jabón
- Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.
- The jug in Plate XI is blown cristallo glass infused with fragmented bits of gold leaf and submerged random streaks of amethyst glass.
- In order to mold glass into a meaningful shape, the artisan must blow through a tube into molten glass.
- Much of these vegetal forms were cast in iron or blown into glass moulds on an industrial scale.
- Leaving the rainbow-coloured wonderland of hand blown glass, I am one more happy customer in search of my own white rabbit.
- It was the Romans who first utilized the technique of blowing glass on a widespread scale and they perfected other facets of glass technology to a high degree.
- She has been blowing glass for 35 years, becoming one of America's finest living artists.
- When molten, glass may be blown up like a balloon, bent, moulded, stretched, and stuck onto other pieces of glass.
- Then we had a go at making our own rather less exquisite glassware, blowing down long tubes into molten glass until we nearly passed out.
- In the year that followed, however, the sculpture was wrecked three times by vandals who smashed out its specially blown coloured glass light tubes.
- Note 1: There is a glass factory in Provence where you can watch the workers blow the molten glass straight from the furnace.
2.2(clear)(egg) vaciarto blow one's nose — sonarse la nariz
- There are special kits and tools for blowing eggs that make the process easier and safer for children and adults alike.
- They blew eggs from the shells then filled the shells with custard.
- We have been professionally blowing eggs for crafters for over 10 years.
- Since I was a kid we used to blow eggs and then dye them.
- I love to blow eggs with kids!
2.3(play)(note) tocar(signal) darthe referee blew the whistle — el árbitro tocó / hizo sonar el silbato / pito
- to blow one's own trumpet / horn — echarse / tirarse flores
- he doesn't need anyone else to blow his trumpet for him — no tiene abuela / se le ha muerto la abuela
3.1(smash)(safe/bridge) volar(bridge/safe) hacer saltarthe car was blown to pieces — el coche voló en pedazos
- to blow a hole in sth — hacer un agujero en algo
- to blow sb's head off — volarle la tapa de los sesos a algn
- to blow sth sky high / out of the water
- this blows his theory sky high — esto echa por tierra su teoría
- if this goes off, we'll be blown sky high — como explote, saltamos por los aires
- to blow sth wide open — poner algo al descubierto
- I mean more than smashed; looks like an explosion blew it apart, but there's no scorch marks or any evidence of explosives.
- I was at the door onto the balcony and I heard a big explosion which blew me back into the room.
- Everyone assumed that the force of the explosion had blown their clothes off.
- The bomb blew a five metre-wide crater into the middle of the road, which police have cordoned off.
- The blast from the bomb had blown out all the windows but my mother had pulled the covers over us.
- Earlier that day a flying bomb had blown out the windows and destroyed the roof of the school hall in London where he was due to sit them.
- I'll have you know young man that I was barely able to get away before your infernal machine blew everything sky high.
- And it also has some really awesome sequences of robots getting blown apart by flying arrows.
- Gold-bearing rock is blown apart by high explosives and small groups of miners then move in to drill at the face.
- The explosion blew him back against a tree, but he was satisfied his plan had worked.
- The outside door to the flats, two floors below the explosion, was blown off its hinges.
- All of a sudden, the wall behind Sean was blown apart, sending him flying away.
- The late-night explosion blew debris on to a busy avenue, collapsing floors and starting a fire that burned for two hours.
- After just a few minutes the hatch burst open in an explosion of yellow and orange light as the bombs blew the locking mechanisms to tiny pieces.
- The ensuing huge explosion blew the Hood apart and she sank in a matter of minutes.
- The first time, it blew us apart violently, and Sasaki was injured further.
- Fire engulfed the ships, and explosions from ammunition blew the ships apart.
- He tells his audiences that the explosion blew him about 30 yards from where he was standing, and likens the impact to being hit by a truck.
- This section looked quite unlike the other three, and might have been blown apart by explosives to keep it below reef height.
- A police spokesman confirmed that the woman's boot had been blown off by a firework and that she had suffered burns to her foot.
3.2(burn out)(fuse) fundir(fuse) hacer saltar(fuse) quemar
- A shower of sparks and the sound of electrical circuits blowing was her only reward.
- I called the electricity board but once the lights went out I knew the circuit had blown itself out and the area was safe.
- The strike shorted all the electrics and blew all the fuses.
- I don't actually recommend doing this, because it may well be overloading the header and blowing one of those is a great way to ruin your afternoon and maybe your motherboard.
- Many ideas, like one from the guy who wanted to use an electric fan to blow against a windmill and generate power, are well intentioned but downright silly.
- Most of Simon Fraser University's main campus was thrown into darkness when a high voltage electric cable blew last Friday.
- About a year before I bought the car, it had blown out the same spark plug, and the damage had been repaired.
- People are here to have fun and if the fun meter had been turned on during that week in Colorado, it would have blown a 1,000-amp fuse.
- It looks like when the shield generator overloaded and blew, its capacitors dumped a massive amount of energy into the ship's main power bus.
3.3(burst)(gasket) reventarto blow one's top / stack / lid — explotar informal
- I crossed the road to Grand Central Station at 3pm, not 5pm, when the steam pipe blew.
- If a $4 cylinder head gasket blows, it costs the customer $1,000 in engine repairs.
- I get a call from Building management at around 6:30pm last night and they tell me that a pipe blew and my locker downstairs was being flooded.
- At 32000 miles my engine blew.
- My car engine blew after service who is at fault?
4.1(squander)(money) despilfarrar(money) tirarto blow sth on sth
- he'd blown the money on a cruise — se había patinado la plata en un crucero
- As I said in my Budget speech, normally these Governments get accused of blowing the Budget and spending.
- Either way I've still got no reason to blow my cash on that overly expensive paper weight.
- I feel like I just blow my money and it means nothing.
- I wonder how much funding was blown commissioning that research?
- Ive always been the sensible one, the one who didnt have to live on bread and water because I blew my paycheck on a pair of shoes.
- Its OK to spend some of it on yourself, but dont blow it all on a boat or a trip that you really cant afford.
4.2(spoil)they were getting on well, but he blew it by starting to ... — se estaban llevando bien, pero él lo echó todo a perder cuando empezó a ...
- I blew the oral test — la regué en el oral
- I spent the remainder of the night staring at the ceiling, trying to figure out how I could have blown such a perfect opportunity.
- He and his club will get their opportunity to blow some more hot air in defence of the charges on March 24.
- Our big opportunity had been blown by a bunch of tight-lipped, upright folks who wanted to mind their own business.
- Please don't blow such a great opportunity for our region in the Lismore Herb Festival.
- You'll feel like you're on a romantic first date and there's no way you're going to blow this one by exposing yourself as a cheapskate.
- He had three blown saves in seven chances after blowing three in 42 opportunities last season.
- He blows another great scoring opportunity, with his touch and nerve deserting him as soon as the Milan goal hoves into view.
5USdated, slang(leave)largarse de informal
Britishinformal(curse)blow me if she didn't make the same mistake! — ¿y no va y se equivoca otra vez?
- blow this! let's take a cab! — ¡al diablo con esto! tomemos un taxi
- oh, blow your principles! — ¡mira, guárdate tus principios!
- I'll be blowed if I'll apologize! — ¡ya pueden esperar sentados a que pida perdón!
7USvulgar slang(perform fellatio)chupar vulgar slangmamar vulgar slang
1(wind) soplarto blow hot and cold — dar una de cal y otra de arena
2(person) soplarblow hard into the bag — sopla fuerte en la bolsa
- she came up the stairs, puffing and blowing — subió las escaleras bufando y resoplando
4(be driven by wind)litter was blowing everywhere — había basura volando por todas partes
- sand had blown in under the door — con el viento se había colado arena por debajo de la puerta
- his hat blew off — se le voló el sombrero
- the door blew open/shut — la puerta se abrió/se cerró con el viento
5(produce sound)(bugle/foghorn/whistle) sonarthe whistle blew for half-time — el silbato sonó anunciando el final del primer tiempo
6(burn out)(fuse) fundirse(fuse) saltar(fuse) quemarse
8USdated, slang(leave, go)largarse informal
1(action)soplo masculinesoplido masculineto give one's nose a blow — sonarse la nariz
2(gale)vendaval masculineto go for a blow — salir a tomar (el) aire / el fresco
1(stroke)golpe masculinea blow with a hammer — un martillazo
- to come to blows — llegar a las manos
- at a (single) / one blow — de un golpe
- to strike a blow for sth — romper una lanza en favor de algo
- For example, the close range shield features quick, multiple hits, while the long-range weapon focuses in on powerful blows.
- Suddenly, his opponent block one of his blows and punched out hard.
- The car had only delivered a glancing blow, bruising only his hip as he turned away from the loud squealing tires.
- In the first round he hit Regan with a hard blow to the ribs.
- He tried to make some noises but received a hard blow to the back, which caused him to stop his useless attempts at speech.
- Again she circled and again it struck, this time a glancing blow to her flank.
- What causes you to see stars after a hard blow to the head?
- A stone smashed through an offside window of the vehicle, causing a glancing blow to a passenger.
- He did manage to hit a tree a glancing blow on one jaunt, but had the car repaired before his father returned.
- The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.
- Knocking the man to his knees with blow to his head, Carl struck out a second time, using the gun handle again to incapacitate the last of his would be assailants with a hard blow to his skull.
- Tom groaned incoherently, having still not recovered from the powerful blow that he'd received.
- It had a hard red shell that protected it from powerful blows.
- It swerved, but gave the first coach a glancing blow and ended up in the field.
- The police asked me if the child had fallen or received a hard blow to the injured area of her head.
- If the medical evidence is correct he is unlikely to have fallen down as a result of the stroke itself and I accept a glancing blow to the head would not necessarily knock him over.
- Malcolm pulled back his arm and rammed a powerful blow into Donald knocking him to the sand.
- He then takes another swinging punch at Josh but only lands a glancing blow.
- He was struck once in the left shoulder, merely a glancing blow.
- So, a glancing blow like that can actually really be worse.
2(shock, setback)golpe masculineblow to sb — golpe para algn
- the news of his death came as a blow to us all — la noticia de su muerte fue un duro golpe / un gran disgusto para todos nosotros
- The man, who was dealt a severe blow on the farming front last weekend when he lost his entire herd of healthy livestock to foot and mouth, bids to bounce back at Aintree tomorrow.
- He was dealt a disappointing blow here yesterday when the group failed to justify hefty support.
- Those of us who seek to show that the extremists are the exception, not the rule, and that mainstream practitioners pose no threat to democracy, have been dealt a severe blow.
- This disappointment was a real blow for me - I'm usually a sucker for movies about seniors bonding with other species.
- To the vendors, this is a disappointment, but not too severe a blow.
- David was struck with a blow of shock and horror once more.
- Given the increasingly run-down nature of these command economies, the oil price shocks dealt a crucial blow to regimes running an already bankrupt economic system.
- The so-called reforms have dealt a severe blow to the living standards of tens of millions of workers, small businessmen and farmers, the urban and rural poor.
- Coming on top of two decades of civil war, the tidal waves dealt a severe blow to the health sector along the coastal Ampara district.
- I'm not too deeply saddened by the news but it did come as a sudden blow to the vitals.
- Exhausted by these efforts, he was then dealt a terrible blow by the sudden death in May of his beloved elder sister Fanny.
- The assassins struck the most important person from the Council and thereby dealt them a severe blow.
- When Durkin left the field with an ankle injury Sligo's hopes were dealt a severe blow.
- The sport of cricket thrives on the competition of international teams and will no doubt be dealt a severe blow if the anticipated hostilities go on for any real length of time.
- The punitive actions include economic sanctions, which are certain to deal a severe blow to the North, which desperately needs global aid.
- But families and representatives of City Hall union said after the meeting the decision was a blow and disappointment.
- His hopes of springing a surprise were dealt a severe blow before the break when the Captain was forced to retire due to concussion.
- The decline in status that colonial life entailed must have dealt a severe blow to their aspirations.
- That comfortable illusion was dealt a severe blow by the Equitable saga.
- However, the strike has dealt a severe blow to his dreams of becoming the number-one grocery retailer.
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