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(fate/consequences/news) funesto(fate/news/consequences) nefastoto be in dire straits — estar en una situación desesperada
- Today, ten years later, the situation is just as dire, especially in rural areas.
- Neglect of the physical constraints of holiness could be punished with the most dire consequences.
- But even less dire circumstances can warrant a second look.
- People are very reluctant to accept pay cuts, even when the company is in pretty dire straits.
- Reality is never messed with for long without the most dire, most immediate consequences.
- She would have laughed if the situation hadn't been so dire.
- As winter sets in, as many as 5 million face dire food shortages.
- "In this village most families are in dire poverty, " he said.
- Our Christmas dinner was immensely enjoyed by all, despite the dire shortage of drinks.
- The situation won't be nearly as dire if the astronauts manage to get their main oxygen generator working again.
- The lessons appear clear: engage the moderates or the consequences could be dire.
- There are others though who, not only cannot do this, but are in fact in very dire circumstances.
- But Wisconsin is arguably in the most dire straits.
- Discussion then moved on to other potential candidates in similar dire need of counselling.
- He also warned the government of dire consequences if the administration tried to stop either of the batches.
- The resulting funding slowdown comes as Michigan schools are in dire need of repair.
- I choked helplessly as the need for air became dire.
- "The situation is pretty dire, " said Thomas.
- The situation isn't so dire in Northeast Asia, especially in booming China.
- I knew if we continued to roll until we were inverted, our situation would become dire.
1.2British informal (very bad)espantoso informalatroz
- The second period wasn't dire in comparison to the first, but the game was in danger of dying a death after the interval.
- Unfortunately, the look is garish and the build quality dire.
- Worst of all was the sound quality, which was just dire, and detracted from the event considerably.
- Yet, it was dire, dismal, as dreary as the grey mist that enveloped the new stadium for the duration of the game.
- This coincided with his appearance in the movie, a fact that overrode the track's dire, insipid quality.
2(ominous)(warning) serio(warning) gravehe made dire predictions about the economy — hizo pronósticos más que alarmantes sobre la economía
- Liberal activists responded with dire warnings that America was in danger of being hijacked by the religious right.
- After considering the White House's latest policy proposals, some top economists are making very dire predictions indeed.
- Inevitably, this prompted more dire warnings about dwindling jobs in the fishing industry yesterday.
- Here's to dire warnings, unsubstantiated threats and looking over our shoulders.
- Some people have been making some pretty dire predictions about the depletion of oil reserves recently.
- We are continually reminded about how vulnerable children are - with every festivity being accompanied by dire warnings.
- For a country already stricken by fear of anthrax attacks, this dire warning could not do much more to concentrate their minds.
- ING Barings widened the dire predictions to stg £264 million on September 17.
- Driving into the office he listened to the radio and heard dire warnings about increased security.
- There were dire warnings of an ecological disaster and world oil prices through the roof as the Iraqis set fire to the oil fields.
- Thus, the dire warnings offered by the commissioners were certainly not new to their audiences.
- Increasingly dire warnings suggest that the trendy toothfish has become too popular for its own good.
- In the latter category is a piece about green potatoes, offering dire warnings against eating them.
- Ever more dire warnings of impending atrocities were appearing in the press from ' behind the scenes' sources.
- In the margins other authors leave their marks, comments, and dire warnings.
- Are these dire warnings perhaps just a little exaggerated?
- The State Department has issued dire warnings with threats of tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
- Even before the attacks, aid agencies issued dire warnings that Afghanistan was heading for disaster.
- There was no mention of the Government's dire warnings of the increasing financial burden of our ageing population.
- This might be a dire warning but I cannot do it to anyone.
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