In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
transitive verbblown, blew
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
- 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 order to mold glass into a meaningful shape, the artisan must blow through a tube into molten glass.
- Note 1: There is a glass factory in Provence where you can watch the workers blow the molten glass straight from the furnace.
- 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.
- Much of these vegetal forms were cast in iron or blown into glass moulds on an industrial scale.
- In the year that followed, however, the sculpture was wrecked three times by vandals who smashed out its specially blown coloured glass light tubes.
- Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.
- She has been blowing glass for 35 years, becoming one of America's finest living artists.
- The jug in Plate XI is blown cristallo glass infused with fragmented bits of gold leaf and submerged random streaks of amethyst glass.
- Leaving the rainbow-coloured wonderland of hand blown glass, I am one more happy customer in search of my own white rabbit.
2.2(clear)(egg) (soplando) vaciar
- They blew eggs from the shells then filled the shells with custard.
- I love to blow eggs with kids!
- 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
3.1(smash)(safe/bridge) volar(bridge/safe) hacer saltarto 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 wide open — poner algo al descubierto
- 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.
- Everyone assumed that the force of the explosion had blown their clothes off.
- 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.
- I mean more than smashed; looks like an explosion blew it apart, but there's no scorch marks or any evidence of explosives.
- 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.
- Gold-bearing rock is blown apart by high explosives and small groups of miners then move in to drill at the face.
- I was at the door onto the balcony and I heard a big explosion which blew me back into the room.
- 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.
- The outside door to the flats, two floors below the explosion, was blown off its hinges.
- Fire engulfed the ships, and explosions from ammunition blew the ships apart.
- 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.
- I'll have you know young man that I was barely able to get away before your infernal machine blew everything sky high.
- The ensuing huge explosion blew the Hood apart and she sank in a matter of minutes.
- The explosion blew him back against a tree, but he was satisfied his plan had worked.
- This section looked quite unlike the other three, and might have been blown apart by explosives to keep it below reef height.
- And it also has some really awesome sequences of robots getting blown apart by flying arrows.
- 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.
3.2(burn out)(fuse) fundir(fuse) hacer saltar(fuse) quemar
- About a year before I bought the car, it had blown out the same spark plug, and the damage had been repaired.
- 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.
- A shower of sparks and the sound of electrical circuits blowing was her only reward.
- Most of Simon Fraser University's main campus was thrown into darkness when a high voltage electric cable blew last Friday.
- 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.
- I called the electricity board but once the lights went out I knew the circuit had blown itself out and the area was safe.
- 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.
- The strike shorted all the electrics and blew all the fuses.
- 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.
- At 32000 miles my engine blew.
- I crossed the road to Grand Central Station at 3pm, not 5pm, when the steam pipe blew.
- 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.
- If a $4 cylinder head gasket blows, it costs the customer $1,000 in engine repairs.
- My car engine blew after service who is at fault?
4.1informal (squander)(money) despilfarrar(money) tirarto blow sth on sth
- he'd blown the money on a cruise — había despilfarrado el dinero en un crucero
- I feel like I just blow my money and it means nothing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 wonder how much funding was blown commissioning that research?
4.2informal (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 en el oral
- 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.
- He had three blown saves in seven chances after blowing three in 42 opportunities last season.
- Please don't blow such a great opportunity for our region in the Lismore Herb Festival.
- He and his club will get their opportunity to blow some more hot air in defence of the charges on March 24.
5US dated, slang(leave)largarse de informal
6past participle blowed
British informal(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!
7US vulgar slang(perform fellatio)chupar vulgar slangmamar vulgar slang
intransitive verbblown, blew
- She wrapped her arms around her as a gust of wind blew by raising Beta's hair up into the air and rustling through the dark foliage of the hedge behind us.
- An unexpected cold gust of wind blew into the room and I looked up to note a small gap in the wall of stone blocks.
- What was then just a cloud on the horizon is now a full-force storm with gale winds blowing.
- A cool gust of wind blew, pushing Freya's hair from her face, and rippling sheets of grass.
- It was mid autumn and the leaves were already starting to swirl around me as a harsher wind blew, creating almost a curtain of color each time the breeze came.
- Thankfully, no steady breeze was blowing, so no wind chill was created.
- When strong wind blows to create waves and ripples, when it rains hard or when sheets of snow land on the lake-surface.
- Changes in weather patterns can create high-level winds blowing opposite to those near the ocean.
- There's a slight ocean breeze blowing to the west creating a headwind, but at least take off will be easier.
- A freezing gust of wind blew into Iris' face making her shiver slightly.
- A cool gust of wind blew through the canyon, dispersing the bad smell.
- The soft gale winds blowing from the bay provided Eva with a slight chill and she did up her black button coat.
- Her thoughts were interrupted by a small gust of wind blowing across her face.
- The wind was blowing and it created a nice warm, breeze.
- The only potential problem was the gusts of winds blowing across the carriageway.
- There was a pause between them as a gust of wind blew by.
- This creates winds that generally blow from the southwest during the summer monsoon and from the northeast from October to April.
- Another breeze of wind blew past them, unusually cold for this time of the year.
- He closed his eyes and a gust of wind blew upward drying him.
- Around midnight, the wind began blowing and woke me up.
1.2(person) soplarblow hard into the bag — sopla fuerte en la bolsa
- Bill is puffing and blowing, but there is a look of ineffable peace and growing content on his rose-pink features.
- Falkon shot into Avaria, panting and blowing like a horse.
- Taylor wasn't the only Scottish forward puffing and blowing towards the end of the game, and when it came to tempo there was only one team dictating it.
- He blew as hard as he could and both of the sentries woke up in alarm and climbed out of their tents.
- Just than I got a chill down my back and my neck, it felt like someone had blown on my neck to scare me.
- She then looked up at her friend while she gently blew on the candle.
- Both were blowing hard as assistant coach, aged 42 and retired from competitive football for 10 years, beat them to the line.
- Bring her face into close proximity with his lips; she gently blew on the cut.
- The logs ignited with a simple glimmer, and he gently blew on the ember to make it flare to life.
- Chloe blew on the paper to make the ink dry and then folded it so it was really small and put it in a beige envelope that was longer then it was wide.
- He blows harder and harder, everybody laughs in anticipation, and the balloon busts with a big bang right in his face.
- She lightly blew on it, blowing away the hot air.
- He watched her as she softly blew on the wound and it took a lot of him not to lean forward and kiss her.
- He was keeled over, blowing hard, his hands braced on his knees, sweat dripping off his nose.
- She gently blew on the wound, trying to make it stop burning, but the gesture wasn't helping any.
- Jake is adamant and placing his hands around the machine, he blows as hard as possible down the tube.
- Sara blew fiercely, her breath growing short as she struggled to remove the last few seedlings.
- Angie blew hard on the glass, clearing the picture so that it was easier to see.
- Josh blew on the canteen of hot tea he'd smuggled from his home into the Café and sighed as the steam began to warm his frozen fingers.
- Ketheral waited until they rose, breathing and blowing heavily - one of them cursing breathlessly.
- She brought the instrument to her lips and blew as hard as she could, sending a shrill cry into the air.
- The only sound was coming from Drake, his breath blowing hard from his lungs with every push up.
- I blew hard on my gloved hands and rubbed them together as I sat down on the bench next to him.
- It was superfluously hot, so I just blew on it and waited for it to cool down.
- The harder you blow or the smaller the hole, the shriller the whistle.
- They reached the border of the camp in five minutes, every puppy panting and blowing, and Teera gazing calmly at the range of tents.
- He then blew on it lightly to give it the appearance of life.
- The hounds are blowing hard and dripping with sweat, but they are utterly delighted with themselves.
- Don't blow too hard in her ear: Admit it, some kid at school told you girls love this.
- Biologists can hear blue whales blow at the surface from several miles away, often before they can see them.
- A little further south, in Cunningham Islet, a pod of Beluga whales blow and laze on the surface of the sea.
- If you are downwind when the whales blow, there is no mistaking the content of their gargantuan diet.
- We also witnessed humpback whales blowing and diving, breaching and slapping their fins and flukes.
- When they blow, their melon and beak tend to jut above the water surface.
- I would leave early in the morning when the water was very calm in the lee of Maui, just go out look for whales surfacing and blowing.
2(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
3(produce sound)(whistle/bugle/foghorn) sonarthe whistle blew for half-time — el silbato sonó anunciando el final del primer tiempo
- Whistles blew, cars honked, sirens sounded - noises typical of any urban environment.
- A computer generated voice comes to life as klaxons sound and whistles blow.
- Like those two characters, who are friends off-duty but become antagonists when the workday whistle blows, until they punch out at the end of the day.
- The ball was kicked out and the final whistle blew.
- Whistles blown, air horns sounding, as we swept past the most fashionable addresses in London.
- When the whistle blew for half time the antagonists bowed to each other and went off to drink in the same pub (admittedly in separate bars).
- Even long after the final whistle had blown, Cooper was still being congratulated by his City team-mates as he went to join his friend's birthday celebrations.
- Watch in amazement as the final free is taken in the All Ireland Hurling Final and the final whistle blows immediately afterwards.
- Long after the final whistle had blown at their semi-final, the sound of drums beating and fans chanting could be heard outside the stadium.
- It was quiet from midnight to 6 a.m., but then it was like in the cartoons when the factory whistle blows, they just started crashing.
- In its early history, music was the serious concern of voices, or instruments blown or bowed.
- The pulse of the drums rose to a new peak, the conch shells blew; then suddenly something very strange happened.
- This was an odd game of rugby in which the home side led from the first minute until the last but never looked safe until the final whistle had blown.
- It had been 40 years since the company closed the railway, but now there was again an echo in the wilderness, as the whistle blew once more.
- Seconds later the final whistle blew and it was all over.
- Passengers saying goodbye to loved ones, the hiss and woosh of the trains, whistles blowing and luggage everywhere.
- Kevin admitted to being choked with pride when the final whistle blew and TV viewers across the world saw the Ireland manager punching the air with joy.
- There was an intriguing cameo as the half-time whistle blew.
- There were great scenes of excitement when the final whistle blew with the Mercy obviously very relieved to have won this game having made the long trek north.
- As the final whistle blew, the crowd erupted in jubilation.
4.1(burn out)(fuse) fundirse(fuse) saltar(fuse) quemarse
5US dated, slang(leave, go)largarse informal
- The duo plan to blow town the next morning, but until then, they have to pretend as if nothing's changed.
- Board up, pack up, and blow town before the traffic chokes.
- It's only a matter of time before these guys blow, so see them while you still can.
- He blew town but later turned himself in to police in Muskegon.
- Boy, when guys blow on this climb, they are gone in a hurry!
1(action)soplo masculinesoplido masculineto give one's nose a blow — sonarse la nariz
- If you've been shooting, bullet casting, or otherwise exposed to airborne lead, after washing your hands, give your nose a good blow.
- They say - they argue that a nose blow was an all-stop signal.
- It was a very exciting game from the first blow of the whistle.
- As the ball fell loose, who else but Darren was on hand to fire into the top corner from 15 yards, before bringing the game to an end with a blow of his whistle.
- From the first blow of the whistle we were unsure as to who would take control of ball when McDonald put the first score on the board.
- An agitating game that left the hearts of many fans racing from the blow of the whistle was indeed the game of the day.
- I heard shouting from the other end, then the blow of a whistle.
- Ferik's free hands flew into action, one grabbing his hair and wrenching his face back to hers, the other giving him a fearsome blow to his nose.
- The coach screamed, followed by a blow of the whistle.
- Put a few drops in each nostril and sniff gently, then give your nose a good blow to get rid of the mucus.
- Go ahead and give your nose a blow or two.
2(gale)vendaval masculineto go for a blow — salir a tomar (el) aire / el fresco
1(stroke)golpe masculinea blow with a hammer — un golpe con un martillo
- The initial blow is hard, so it is unsurprising that it hurts.
- He was struck once in the left shoulder, merely a glancing blow.
- He did manage to hit a tree a glancing blow on one jaunt, but had the car repaired before his father returned.
- In the first round he hit Regan with a hard blow to the ribs.
- So, a glancing blow like that can actually really be worse.
- Malcolm pulled back his arm and rammed a powerful blow into Donald knocking him to the sand.
- It swerved, but gave the first coach a glancing blow and ended up in the field.
- For example, the close range shield features quick, multiple hits, while the long-range weapon focuses in on powerful blows.
- The car had only delivered a glancing blow, bruising only his hip as he turned away from the loud squealing tires.
- A stone smashed through an offside window of the vehicle, causing a glancing blow to a passenger.
- 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.
- 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.
- The police asked me if the child had fallen or received a hard blow to the injured area of her head.
- 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.
- Again she circled and again it struck, this time a glancing blow to her flank.
- Suddenly, his opponent block one of his blows and punched out hard.
- It had a hard red shell that protected it from powerful blows.
- He then takes another swinging punch at Josh but only lands a glancing blow.
- What causes you to see stars after a hard blow to the head?
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 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 decline in status that colonial life entailed must have dealt a severe blow to their aspirations.
- 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.
- That comfortable illusion was dealt a severe blow by the Equitable saga.
- His hopes of springing a surprise were dealt a severe blow before the break when the Captain was forced to retire due to concussion.
- I'm not too deeply saddened by the news but it did come as a sudden blow to the vitals.
- When Durkin left the field with an ankle injury Sligo's hopes were dealt a severe blow.
- But families and representatives of City Hall union said after the meeting the decision was a blow and disappointment.
- 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.
- 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.
- David was struck with a blow of shock and horror once more.
- 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.
- This disappointment was a real blow for me - I'm usually a sucker for movies about seniors bonding with other species.
- Exhausted by these efforts, he was then dealt a terrible blow by the sudden death in May of his beloved elder sister Fanny.
- However, the strike has dealt a severe blow to his dreams of becoming the number-one grocery retailer.
- 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.
- To the vendors, this is a disappointment, but not too severe a blow.
- He was dealt a disappointing blow here yesterday when the group failed to justify hefty support.
- The assassins struck the most important person from the Council and thereby dealt them a severe blow.
- The punitive actions include economic sanctions, which are certain to deal a severe blow to the North, which desperately needs global aid.
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