In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(not sharp)(pencil) desafilado(pencil) que no tiene punta(pencil) mocho Latin America(edge/tip) romo(blade/knife) desafilado Britisha blunt instrument — un objeto contundente
- the act is a very blunt instrument for dealing with this problem — la ley ataca el problema de manera muy burda
- Shovels, spades, and hoes hold up best with blunt cutting edges, since they are used for digging.
- Beth almost wished she could find that culture and live the rest of her days without worrying about blunt razors or empty shaving cream canisters.
- However, to your great dismay, you find that the assistant is as much help as a poke in the eye with a blunt needle… and about as much fun as well!
- Ski ‘N’ Roll, as this new sport is called, needs quite cheap equipment - roller skates and poles without blunt tips, that is.
- Blacktip reef sharks have a fusiform body and a short rounded, blunt snout with an arched down-turned mouth filled with long sharp serrated teeth.
- From the tip of its rubbery duck-bill to the end of its blunt tail it is no more than 50 cm long.
- Cut small pieces of copper tooling foil (available at crafts stores), and write plant names on them using a blunt pencil or bamboo skewer.
- Either our knives were blunt or the panini was tough.
- The blunt portion of it was thick and looked like it had to weigh at least two hundred pounds.
- The best you can do is to remove most of the substance from the carpet using a blunt knife.
- He leaned left, bringing the blunt side of his sword up flat against his palm.
- Remove the scallops from their shells by gently scraping and prising them away with a blunt knife, leaving on the roe (alternatively, ask your fishmonger to do this for you).
- The breeding tube of the female, between the anus and anal fin, is broader and rounder than the male, and will have a blunt tip.
- The rostrum is relatively short and blunt, with rounded lateral edges.
- The anterior jaw is a blunt, boxy affair, made up of thick, relatively massive bones.
- A referendum is a blunt tool, and in many cases gives only a false sense of democracy, especially when the questions are worded poorly or in a biased manner.
- All he saw was a blunt knife but that would have to do.
- And if they had hoped to tidy up their beards they would have had to make do with a blunt razor they should have changed weeks ago.
- Sea otters have flat, blunt tails as well as webbed hind paws.
- No one wants to do this either, so we emerge relying on a too blunt tool or a rather too sharp one - with no other easy alternative that I can see.
- The scans showed that only brain areas associated with the sensation of touch were activated when volunteers were touched with blunt needles.
- Because the barrel's end is hollowed out, saving weight, the end is blunt rather than rounded.
- Until the 1840s, screws had a flat or blunt tip, which necessitated drilling a lead hole first in order to start the screw.
- They have stocky bodies, a large and blunt head, small eyes, and small rounded ears.
- If you prod the meat with a blunt implement, you will discover cooked meat has a different feel to uncooked meat.
- It is thickset, with a large mouth, thick white lips and a large blunt head, hence the nickname Loggerhead.
- She used texturizing shears to avoid blunt, weighty ends, and a ceramic flat iron to straighten and separate.
- In contrast to the tip of a blade, a bullet is blunt and will impact a large number of fibers, which will resist entry.
- To prepare scallops, ease open the shells by inserting a blunt knife.
- Swords of the bronze age were characteristically short in blade length, heavy for their size, and with a relatively blunt cutting edge.
- Use a really sharp knife. A blunt knife will ‘bruise’ the onion and let more juices out, therefore more tears.
- His right hand holds the gun on her unwaveringly, the blunt tips of round lead bullets in its chambers clearly visible from the business end.
- He was hit over the head with a blunt implement and was found unconscious, suffering from a fractured skull, minutes later lying on a grass verge.
- When the corn is ready, the ears should be full and blunt at the tip, and the husks should be dark green and tightly folded.
- Hold the oyster with a thick cloth and insert a blunt knife firmly into the hinges at the side of the shell.
- My pencil was blunt as I was not allowed sharp ones in case I deliberately poked my self in the eye, or something.
- The posterior edges of the nasals are rounded and blunt, and do not narrow to a slender point as they do in H. gregarius.
- At one hundred meters in length by twenty-five meters in diameter, the Buzzard resembles a section of gray pipe with blunt rounded ends.
- This is why spacecraft are designed with rounded noses and very blunt wings - characteristics that also increase the drag force.
- Unfortunately, her cutting edge has become blunt.
2(straightforward)(manner/person) directo(person/manner) franco(refusal) rotundo(refusal) categóricoto be blunt, it won't work — para serte franco / sincero, no creo que funcione
- she was very blunt about our shortcomings — no tuvo pelos en la lengua para señalar nuestras deficiencias
- This is a pretty blunt warning that candidates who are seen as anti-American, or as hoping for things to go wrong, are doomed.
- As to when that might be, he is blunt: ‘When I'm dragged out kicking and screaming, or my body packs in.’
- She was brutally blunt, though not intentionally.
- She thought just flat out saying yes would be a little too blunt.
- She became more aggressive, her temper became shorter, but she was still blunt with a few smart-alec remarks here and there.
- Sometimes people didn't like me because I was blunt and spoke directly.
- He didn't see her as being such a blunt person all the time, but instead got the idea that she was simply trying to tell him something about her nature without actually saying anything.
- Dan is blunt; he speaks straight to the point without unnecessary embellishment, whereas I get paid for embellishing.
- A thick skin is essential, as colleagues tend to be blunt in their discussion of strengths and weaknesses.
- As a conversationalist he's blunt and frank, even chummily so, yet not very interesting; and he holds no mysteries.
- So being the blunt person that I am, I asked him about it.
- You are very blunt, candid and brutally honest.
- Or will they say here's a plain spoken, direct, blunt guy who may make his way in politics.
- It's a simple, blunt question for a person who felt like a changeling in someone else's family.
- When I get hold of her she is blunt and straight to the point - there is a clear link and she found it.
- He didn't know how to start - should he be blunt and just come straight out and tell her or start from the beginning, back when he was 12 years old.
- He was quite blunt and critical about the way the authorities had mishandled the situation and gave many thought provoking suggestions as to how this problem could be remedied.
- During short conversation with the reporter, he was somewhat blunt but at least he was quite gentle in tone.
- She was blunt and honest, brutally so, and her style suffered from it.
- I am blunt, straightforward, demanding of myself and others.
1(remove sharpness of)(pencil/needle) despuntar(knife/scissors) desafilar
- The EKG was normal, and the chest x-ray showed no infiltrates but blunting at the left costophrenic angle.
- Nothing blunts a hook like catching perch and you must inspect the point regularly and hone it up as necessary.
- Her sharp cheekbones blunted themselves, and her nose was once again too narrow, the chin round and stubborn.
- Scratches etched where a million scrapes had blunted the tips of misguided attempts to put the key in lock seemed like ditches in the copper and brass whereas the dark recess of the key hole looked huge and looming.
- I oblige and take the knife whose blade Jake has been blunting.
- Adding to this unexpected, macroscopic demonstration of crack blunting, computer simulations of fracturing in even more elastic materials pointed to blunting as a barrier to crack growth on a microscopic scale.
- My next strategy has been to remain unshockable, to blunt whatever little swords my precious boy manages to pick up.
- So when did virginity go from something that could blunt knives to something precious that young women must ‘save’ for marriage?
2(make dull)(intellect/senses) embotar(satire/criticism) suavizar(satire/criticism) atemperar
- On the audio side, most vendors were searching for an edge to blunt the company's amazing success with their music device.
- To some extent, he is like a clever diplomat, who is able to blunt the sharpest question and has his own gentle way of saying no.
- Potassium can blunt the adverse effects of sodium on blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones and possibly reduce bone loss.
- The institution of liability insurance has blunted and it has removed the deterrent effect of tort law, because those who carry out the acts do not pay the damages, their insurance company does.
- But her effort to blunt the criticism by spending the week on television and in news media briefings may have had the opposite effect.
- If so, the organization could blunt, if not wipe out, the financial impact of the alleged misdeeds.
- Such a move would help to blunt criticism at home and calm concerns abroad.
- Nicotine replacement blunts but does not eliminate these symptoms.
- Portugal changed Cape Verde's status from a colony to an overseas province in 1951 in an attempt to blunt growing nationalism.
- It increases the number of calories the body burns each day, including calories from bodyfat, and it blunts hunger, thereby decreasing the amount of calories taken in.
- Demoralized, the Italians began a hasty retreat, but not before blunting an attack by republican forces.
- He watched in disbelief as the attack was so quickly blunted.
- Whether the chemical is alcohol, narcotics, cocaine, or nth-generation selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, their effects tend to become blunted over time.
- In choosing duty to the party over loyalty to his conscience, he has only succeeded in corking and blunting his own pen.
- France acquired its own nuclear weapons and could assume that NATO would blunt an attack from the east even after US forces and bases had been removed from its territory.
- Use of the patch may blunt or avoid pill-associated problems of sedation, rebound blood pressure changes and need for daily pill use.
- His mail sleeve could blunt that blow; it couldn't stop it.
- Antigay groups, eager to blunt further progress by gay activists, are mobilizing to bolster the organization.
- He adopted a team approach based on traditional British values and they managed to blunt the Chelsea edge.
- The big question in the conference corridors remains whether such pledges are enough to blunt the challenge of the UK Independence party.
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