In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(domestic animal)gato masculinegata femininehas the cat got your tongue? — ¿te ha comido la lengua el gato? Spain
- he thinks he's the cat's whiskers / pajamas — se cree el súmmum
- look what the cat's brought / dragged in! — ¡hombre, mira quién viene por aquí!
- you look like something the cat dragged in — ¡parece que vinieras de la guerra!
- not to have a cat in hell's chance — no tener la más mínima posibilidad
- there's not enough / no room to swing a cat — no cabe ni un alfiler
- to be like a cat on hot bricks / on a hot tin roof — estar sobre ascuas
- to fight like cat and dog — andar como (el) perro y (el) gato
- those two are like cat and dog — esos dos se llevan / están siempre como el perro y el gato
- to grin like a Cheshire cat — sonreír de oreja a oreja
- to let the cat out of the bag — levantar la liebre
- to play cat and mouse (with sb) — jugar al gato y al ratón (con algn)
- to rain cats and dogs — llover a cántaros / a mares
- to see which way the cat jumps — ver por dónde van los tiros
- to set / put the cat among the pigeons — levantar un revuelo
- when the cat's away the mice will play — cuando el gato duerme, bailan los ratones
- a cat may look at a king — los ojos son para mirar
- The largely Southeast Asian disease is commonly found in birds but also occurs in mammals like pigs, cats, and humans.
- I simply nodded my head with a Cheshire cat grin.
- Everyone winces a bit but Gray just sits there, giddily happy, grinning as if he were the Cheshire cat and someone had just complimented his invisibility.
- As I prepared to write this review, I learned Manxes are domestic cats with no tails bred on the Isle of Man.
- Only his outrage, like the grin of the Cheshire cat, is clear.
- Cats and dogs also demonstrated their natural hunting instincts pricking up their ears when cats, mice and budgies came on the screen.
- She smiled at him again, looking like a Cheshire cat.
- I lay there, silent, watching her as a mouse watches the cat.
- When I saw the exhibition at a second venue, the spare white gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cheshire cat was back, more vivid than ever.
- But researchers have also stumbled across hints that cats were domesticated much earlier.
- The ultimate goal of the Socratic method is for the students to ask their own questions while the teacher does nothing at all, disappearing like the Cheshire cat, with a grin and a wave.
- There is a guy in Bedfordshire who has sold the world's most expensive cat - a cross breed between a domestic cat and a feral one.
- With the help of a decrepit Cheshire cat, Alice must battle the undead and the queen's guards in order to save Wonderland from a horrible fate.
- Deng Xiaoping once said that whether a cat is black or white, the cat that catches the mouse is a good cat.
- Various species have been used as models of human asthma, including guinea pigs, mice, rats, cats, and dogs.
- She opened her streaming, dead green eyes, grinning so widely that she looked like a Cheshire cat.
- Far along in the distance one could see the cows frolicking in the fields, the birds soaring past the trees, and the cats taunting the field mice.
- We rustled through the branches like mice fleeing from a cat.
- What do you want to ban next - fishing, dogs chasing cats, cats chasing birds and mice and playing with them till they die?
- I can almost feel his Cheshire cat grin over my shoulder.
- His grin reminded me of a Cheshire cat and I decided that a couple of kilometres over the limit wouldn't hurt too much.
- How, for example, does one represent the elusive Cheshire cat whose face disappears, leaving only its trademark grin?
- And a gentle trip around Christ Church gives Lewis Carroll fans a treat by re-discovering the real world of Alice and the Cheshire cat.
- We have domesticated dogs, cats, and birds, and have used horses as a means of transportation.
- Just thinking about the moment makes her beam like a Cheshire cat.
- She gave me a Cheshire cat grin and pecked my cheek.
- There is the hallucinogenic Cheshire cat and the sleeping doormouse in Alice in Wonderland.
- We watched Alice in Wonderland, laughing at the silly Cheshire cat and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
- Domestic cats may breed much more frequently, as often as 3 times a year, as they are not typically limited by nutrition or climate.
- ‘Oh I'm sure I'll get over it one day,’ said Tom, stretching out like a cat and yawning widely.
- A Cheshire cat grin spread across my face, ‘What, cat got your tongue?’
- The cat ran after the mouse and all the dishes came crashing down.
- ‘I think it would have been better if the Cheshire cat murdered everyone in the end,’ I said as we walked towards our car.
- Holding a couple of Persian cats in his lap, he says they are the most widely recognised cat breed.
- If a cat, mouse and dog could be made to live in harmony, and form a super-trio, well, mankind will have achieved the impossible.
- Pedigree dogs and mongrels performed the same overall, but pedigree cats scored marginally higher than mixed breed cats on all the tests.
- The dogs are fiercely protective of our house while the cats keep the mouse population in check.
- They play with people the way that a cat plays with a mouse.
- With Cheshire cat smiles, they claim they're only the messengers.
- He gave me a big Cheshire cat grin and a sudden, sloppy kiss.
1.2(lion, tiger)felino masculinethe big cats — los felinos mayores
- It was possible, he said, that it was a cat of the puma family.
- The Jaguar is the largest cat native to the Western Hemisphere.
- Cats will be cats and the lions despite feeding are still straying.
- New techniques for collecting information promise to further transform the study of cats in the wild.
- Recent reported cheetah deaths suggest that some of the cats had their stomachs ripped open by hidden branches.
- This was an American mountain lion also known as a cougar or puma, a cat the size of a leopard that was once rare and considered virtually harmless.
- Lions are large cats with short, tawny coats, white underparts, and long tails with a black tuft at the end.
- They are sexually dimorphic and male lions are the only cats with manes.
- Although the Department of Agriculture does not regulate the ownership of large wild cats as pets, state and local laws may apply in some situations.
- According to the Yorkshire Post, the involvement of humans in the lynx's extinction means that the government is obliged to reintroduce the cats to the wild.
- The Lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat, but appears somewhat larger.
- Scientists say the last large cats to live and breed in the wild in Britain were lynx some 2,000 years ago.
- Now, the lions are a social cat, unlike that tiger that you saw in Columbus.
- They say it's like the link between the small ocelot and the large cats like the lion and tiger.
- He first entered the spotlight as a circus clown aged five and later trained exotic cats and became the show's wild animal trainer.
- They had seen lynx cats wild in Spain and were sure they were not mistaken.
- We've got African wild cats, the black-footed cat, on the farm and they inter-breed with these feral cats and it destroys the whole species.
- Twice I had come across wild mountain cats, narrowly escaping death.
- His works feature a variety of cats like the snow leopard, jaguar, tiger and lion in various settings.
- Roadkill has knocked an endangered cat, the ocelot, down to about 80 individuals in the U.S.
2.1informal (spiteful woman)arpía feminine
- As far as he was concerned she could stay with her mother for ever and they could be two jealous, spiteful old cats together for all he cared.
- You sly little cat you.
2.2US dated slang (guy)tipo masculine informal
- Master P (aka Percy Miller) is a down south cat, born and raised in downtown New Orleans.
- It's a sequel to last year's Masses, which found Spring Heel Jack collaborating with New York's most important underground jazz cats.
- I also loved the sophistication and harmony of jazz, the melody and, of course, the great solos that jazz cats played.
- Don't you cats know this polka jazz is strictly from squaresville?
- I listen to the screams of drunks outside as they mix with the jazz of the cats on stage.
- The surprise is a cover of '‘Sunshine Of Your Love’' that's dedicated to Cream, who Jimi praises as ‘really groovy cats’.
- Referring to some of the songs of that year, it complained that ‘some fellow gets shot, and his baby and his best friend both die with him, and some cat's crying or ready to die’.
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