In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(crack)(in fence, wall) grieta feminine(in fence, wall) abertura feminine(of door) rendija feminine(of door) resquicio masculinea chink of light entered through the shutters — la luz entraba por las rendijas de la persiana
- Light and air enter through chinks in the walls or holes in the roof.
- What a pity they didn't stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint here and there.
- Midmorning sunlight was glowing through the drapes, a sliver finding its way through a chink and splitting a bright line across the ceiling.
- Sometime ago, there was a mail from a reader about a bad day at office that was made okay by light streaming through chinks between leaves on a tree.
- Has the god-given right been passed on to me to stand at my windows, with a small chink in the curtains, and spy on the exciting events going on in - Road, Ealing?
- In the gloom they were… terrifying: nightmarish shapes against the slivers of light seeping through the chinks in the shutters, overbearingly huge from my perspective.
- Light pours in from a chink in the roof of the tomb and shines on the tree, giving it an almost magical glow.
- Pale, subdued daylight was leaking through a chink in the curtains.
- The sun was filtering softly through a chink in the curtains, as it had yesterday morning.
- The apartment sits still and flat, dazzling sunlight spearheading it's way through splices in the curtains and chinks in the blinds.
- Who knows what other microarthropods are lurking in the sand beneath, interstitial fauna inhabiting the chinks of the world.
- Through chinks in the blinds he could see light shining through, so he assumed it was still daytime.
- For those who do want to wedge the door open that Hitler did not know, there are some chinks or openings.
- It was the will that shaped and stiffened character, shouldered moral responsibility, and opened up the narrowest chink of freedom in the solid wall of scientific determinism.
- Only a small sliver of light shone through a chink in the wall, falling just in front of the lady's feet.
- Modern business has not only widened the chink but has broken down the door and removed the walls when it comes to the exploitation of Santa.
- Soon as we passed the first building I was aware of the faces rising up out the internal gloom of closed doors and shuttered windows, stealing glances at us through chinks and cracks.
- What little light there was had to fight its way through chinks in the walls.
- Although no-one else had seen or heard him, in the cold light of day he felt ashamed that he had allowed a chink to appear in his brash and arrogant exterior.
- He examines the snail trail of viscous fluid by the light from a chink in the curtains.
1(glasses) tintinear(coins) sonar
- He was weighted with a massive array of tools, chinking whenever he moved.
- Her acoustic guitar and occasional pianos chink like distant cutlery amid whispered teases and the thrill of confidences shared.
- The metal chinked, and the door slid open, revealing Blaze, leaning heavily on the wall, panting.
- In one of the many shelters, a small rusted bell chinked against the worn door with a piece of cardboard with messy handwriting on it that read ‘OPEN’.
- McPherson pulled a large bundle of keys out of his overstuffed pocket, causing them to chink and jingle noisily.
- This week, when you're chinking your champagne glasses and raising a toast to the neighbours who've become good friends, just remember.
- He threw a small tweed bag at her, and it chinked like stones as it landed at Drachna's crooked and yellowed toes.
- The heater hadn't kicked in for quite some time and the room was freezing, so cold he heard ice crackling on the walls, falling from the faucet into the sink, spilling over and chinking onto the marble floor.
- We chatted like old friends - as indeed we are, having communed together many times on the Naked Blog Tagboard - and even chinked our cans together in a toast to Peter himself.
- Coins chinked above him as the girls began to count the coins into a lunch box.
- Their byrnies were gleaming, the strong links of shining chain-mail chinked together.
- I recently fixed an old favorite - it worked fine, but didn't chink when you opened it.
- The metal planking chinked underneath the boys' boots as the pair stepped onto the sub.
- Steam hissed out from the underside of the panels and the rotating slowed to a halt, the poles chinking into place in the cold, metal floor.
- His chains chinking ominously in the empty house, he found no sign of a coffee maker or coffee beans of any sort.
- Inside, the rich and famous would be chinking glasses of Champagne, and looking forward to yet another staggering gourmet experience on the move.
- Fortunately, neither Ked nor Gadrikhor had noticed when she made a hasty grab for it before it chinked at the rim of her plate.
- Newsagents' cash registers chinked to the silvery tune of an additional 1.75 million 5p coins hitting the tills.
- His mellifluous deep belly laugh occupies the same low register as his bass and my mind wanders back to the bottles rattling and chinking behind the bar during his sporadic solos the night before.
1(glasses) hacer tintinear(coins) hacer sonar(coins) hacer tintinear
1(of coins, glasses)tintineo masculine
- The leather sack containing the required gold coins made a solid chink sound as it landed on the turf.
- There is a constant buzz of chatter and the chink of glasses.
- A chink sounded and Ice appeared from behind the bar with a shotgun.
- There was absolute silence as the strange ritual was done, the only sound the muffled chink of coins and the rustle of clothes as each recipient genuflected to the glittering Prince.
- Through the whole stressful ordeal the employee should also have had time to notice if there were: street, house or office noises in the background, whether there were animal sounds, or even the chink of crockery.
- there was a chink as I dropped the last piece of glass into the bowl.
- On the opening ‘Bent Blue’ Hall begins unaccompanied, his crabbed chords and spiky lead lines ringing over the chinks of glasses and the occasional cough.
- So, then, listen closely and it is almost possible to hear the chink of ice in whisky glasses as the last days of the Raj draw near.
- Through the eerie stillness I think I can hear people's laughter, the chink of crystal glasses and the crunch of boots on gravel as yet more well-heeled guests arrive.
- It's a vote for a smoother, wittier, more stylish world than the one we've landed up with: the chink of glass against glass, the sharp flare of trumpets, the devastating couplet and the clutch of hand on hip.
- There were small scrabbling sounds, the chink of Michael's sword striking the stone, a grunt of effort.
- The chink of a clinking champagne glass and a silver teaspoon drew everybody's attention.
- The clink and chink of the glass was soothing and nerve-wracking all at once.
- The chink of plates and the hubbub of conversation drifting from the pub failed to lure me in.
1(Chinese)chino masculinechina femininechale feminine Mexico informal offensivecanaca masculine Peru Chile informal offensive
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