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!
- In the first round he hit Regan with a hard blow to the ribs.
- Again she circled and again it struck, this time a glancing blow to her flank.
- The car had only delivered a glancing blow, bruising only his hip as he turned away from the loud squealing tires.
- So, a glancing blow like that can actually really be worse.
- The police asked me if the child had fallen or received a hard blow to the injured area of her head.
- The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.
- He was struck once in the left shoulder, merely a glancing blow.
- For example, the close range shield features quick, multiple hits, while the long-range weapon focuses in on powerful blows.
- 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.
- Malcolm pulled back his arm and rammed a powerful blow into Donald knocking him to the sand.
- 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.
- Tom groaned incoherently, having still not recovered from the powerful blow that he'd received.
- He tried to make some noises but received a hard blow to the back, which caused him to stop his useless attempts at speech.
- Suddenly, his opponent block one of his blows and punched out hard.
- He then takes another swinging punch at Josh but only lands a glancing blow.
- It had a hard red shell that protected it from powerful blows.
- What causes you to see stars after a hard blow to the head?
- It swerved, but gave the first coach a glancing blow and ended up in the field.
- 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.
- When Durkin left the field with an ankle injury Sligo's hopes were dealt a severe blow.
- 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.
- The punitive actions include economic sanctions, which are certain to deal a severe blow to the North, which desperately needs global aid.
- He was dealt a disappointing blow here yesterday when the group failed to justify hefty support.
- 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.
- David was struck with a blow of shock and horror once more.
- I'm not too deeply saddened by the news but it did come as a sudden blow to the vitals.
- This disappointment was a real blow for me - I'm usually a sucker for movies about seniors bonding with other species.
- 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 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.
- The decline in status that colonial life entailed must have dealt a severe blow to their aspirations.
- However, the strike has dealt a severe blow to his dreams of becoming the number-one grocery retailer.
- To the vendors, this is a disappointment, but not too severe a blow.
- 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.
- His hopes of springing a surprise were dealt a severe blow before the break when the Captain was forced to retire due to concussion.
- But families and representatives of City Hall union said after the meeting the decision was a blow and disappointment.
- The assassins struck the most important person from the Council and thereby dealt them a severe blow.
- 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.
- Exhausted by these efforts, he was then dealt a terrible blow by the sudden death in May of his beloved elder sister Fanny.
- That comfortable illusion was dealt a severe blow by the Equitable saga.
2.1(make by blowing)(glass) soplarto blow bubbles — hacer pompas de jabón
- 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.
- In the year that followed, however, the sculpture was wrecked three times by vandals who smashed out its specially blown coloured glass light tubes.
- 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.
- She has been blowing glass for 35 years, becoming one of America's finest living artists.
- Much of these vegetal forms were cast in iron or blown into glass moulds on an industrial scale.
- When molten, glass may be blown up like a balloon, bent, moulded, stretched, and stuck onto other pieces of glass.
- Note 1: There is a glass factory in Provence where you can watch the workers blow the molten glass straight from the furnace.
- The jug in Plate XI is blown cristallo glass infused with fragmented bits of gold leaf and submerged random streaks of amethyst glass.
- Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.
- Leaving the rainbow-coloured wonderland of hand blown glass, I am one more happy customer in search of my own white rabbit.
- In order to mold glass into a meaningful shape, the artisan must blow through a tube into molten glass.
2.2(clear)(egg) vaciarto blow one's nose — sonarse la nariz
- I love to blow eggs with kids!
- 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.
- There are special kits and tools for blowing eggs that make the process easier and safer for children and adults alike.
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 necesita quien lo alabe, se alaba solo
3.1(smash)(safe/bridge) volar(safe/bridge) 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 — destapar algo
- The late-night explosion blew debris on to a busy avenue, collapsing floors and starting a fire that burned for two hours.
- All of a sudden, the wall behind Sean was blown apart, sending him flying away.
- Fire engulfed the ships, and explosions from ammunition blew the ships apart.
- The bomb blew a five metre-wide crater into the middle of the road, which police have cordoned off.
- And it also has some really awesome sequences of robots getting blown apart by flying arrows.
- The blast from the bomb had blown out all the windows but my mother had pulled the covers over us.
- Everyone assumed that the force of the explosion had blown their clothes off.
- The ensuing huge explosion blew the Hood apart and she sank in a matter of minutes.
- 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.
- The first time, it blew us apart violently, and Sasaki was injured further.
- 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.
- Gold-bearing rock is blown apart by high explosives and small groups of miners then move in to drill at the face.
- I mean more than smashed; looks like an explosion blew it apart, but there's no scorch marks or any evidence of explosives.
- I'll have you know young man that I was barely able to get away before your infernal machine blew everything sky high.
- 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.
- 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.
- This section looked quite unlike the other three, and might have been blown apart by explosives to keep it below reef height.
- I was at the door onto the balcony and I heard a big explosion which blew me back into the room.
- 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.
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.
- The strike shorted all the electrics and blew all the fuses.
- 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.
- 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.
- Most of Simon Fraser University's main campus was thrown into darkness when a high voltage electric cable blew last Friday.
- 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.
- 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.
- I called the electricity board but once the lights went out I knew the circuit had blown itself out and the area was safe.
3.3(burst)(gasket) reventarto blow one's top / stack / lid — ponerse hecho una furia
- My car engine blew after service who is at fault?
- 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.
- 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.
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
- I feel like I just blow my money and it means nothing.
- Either way I've still got no reason to blow my cash on that overly expensive paper weight.
- As I said in my Budget speech, normally these Governments get accused of blowing the Budget and spending.
- 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.
- 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.
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 pifié / la cagué en el oral
- He had three blown saves in seven chances after blowing three in 42 opportunities last season.
- He and his club will get their opportunity to blow some more hot air in defence of the charges on March 24.
- 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.
- Our big opportunity had been blown by a bunch of tight-lipped, upright folks who wanted to mind their own business.
- He blows another great scoring opportunity, with his touch and nerve deserting him as soon as the Milan goal hoves into view.
- I spent the remainder of the night staring at the ceiling, trying to figure out how I could have blown such a perfect opportunity.
5USdated, slang(leave)largarse de informal
6Britishinformal(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)(whistle/foghorn/bugle) sonarthe whistle blew for half-time — el silbato sonó anunciando el final del primer tiempo
6(burn out)(fuse) fundirse(fuse) saltar(fuse) quemarse
8USslang, dated(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 — a la vez
- to strike a blow for sth — romper una lanza en favor de algo
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
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