In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
intransitive verbdemurred, demurring
1objetarto demur at sth — poner(le) objeciones / reparos a algo
- Yet every time he's asked about his influence, English demurs, deflects all credit onto the team, the players.
- ‘So I've heard,’ I demurred, moving farther down the aisle in search of something for my own late night viewing.
- He demurs: any movement of a certain size will attract people who are ‘a bit fanatical’ but ‘you're never going to agree with all of them’.
- She's not unmoved, but demurs because she doesn't want to complicate their arrangement.
- ‘Not because I'm the best, but because I'm the fastest,’ he demurs in his New York-via-Edinburgh accent.
- He demurs: ‘Losing a battle does not mean you will lose the war.’
- Yet Stevenson demurs mildly, and says diplomatically: ‘I think actors often improvise in character in a scripted film, so it's not that unusual.’
- Keyes agrees the anthology ‘is very revealing’, but demurs from the notion her writing is closely tied to her experience.
- ‘I'm not a very good close reader of my own work,’ she demurs when asked to explain the meaning of an incident near the end of The Namesake.
- ‘No, no,’ he demurs, waving his hands in front of his face.
- ‘You'll have to talk to the industry spokespeople about that,’ he demurred.
- ‘I don't think I'll ever be in such a big hit as that again, because that's impossible,’ she demurs.
- Humans, she demurs, are not accustomed to such ‘rapid changes,’ as she terminates the relationship.
- ‘Gee, Bob,’ Fisher smartly demurred, ‘I'm not sure if that's advisable at this point.’
- ‘I couldn't possibly tell you,’ he demurs, looking vaguely embarrassed.
- Greenspan agreed with his diagnosis, but demurred.
- ‘I can't tell you,’ he demurred during the salad course.
- When asked the age of her son she cheerfully demurs, claiming with some justification that such questions are normally only asked as a way of deducing her own age - dangerous information, which most sopranos prefer to keep to themselves.
- He demurs on the idea of stiffer criminal penalties, but suggests there may be a need for more sentencing guidelines on civil fraud and failed audits.
- ‘I'm not interested in Hollywood,’ she demurs.
1without demur — sin poner objeciones / reparos
- You can plead by way of reply and demur, can you not?
- Much, and much of the best, criticism in the past decade has been thus motivated; we now know a poet less quaint, less demur, and more politically engaged than previous generations might have imagined.
- Workers and unions are enjoined to accept wage cuts without too much demur, provided they are satisfied jobs would be saved.
- Prudie has long felt that the reflexive, polite demur is not necessary when people are impertinently out of line, either with their advice or their questions.
- Those of us who demur are labelled ‘self-haters’.
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