In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
intransitive verbgrovelled, grovelling, groveled, groveling
1humillarsepostrarseprosternarseto grovel for mercy — implorar piedad
- to grovel before sb / at sb's feet — prosternarse ante algn / a los pies de algn
- you'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increase — tendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumento
- They groveled to the females before every song and it was just a lame rock performance.
- I remembered how, as a younger man, I would never have groveled or whined for any reason.
- However, it sometimes seems as though a mere public reconsideration is not enough: we instead demand an abject, groveling apology and a confession that those who opposed the war were right about every last thing.
- In yet another print, he grovels avariciously for a pittance at the feet of Prime Minister Pitt as the latter grinds John Bull through a mincing machine to produce gold coins.
- I begged and groveled and groveled and begged.
- He brags about how valued he is at school to impress a woman, then grovels to have his old job back.
- In this respect he is indeed just like her: courageous and unbending when facing up to the weak, the workers and the poor; grovelling and sycophantic to the rich, the strong and the powerful.
- An employee who forgot their password to log in to the corporate network would probably get a withering look from the support staff as they grovelled to have it reset.
- Ed tried to wriggle and in the end started grovelling to Neil, that he was probably the best informed political journalist on the economy.
- We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over.
- You groveled to him, so let him have you.
- As a depiction of Labor policy, it represents one of the more sniveling grovels in recent memory.
- And after the attacks on her grow worse they experience mixed emotions as Jack grovels and pleads with her not to go when finally she decides she has had enough and announces she is leaving.
- Resilient than rubber, more sensitive than the world's best radar system and forever grovelling at the boss' feet, these modern Neros fiddle while the office burns.
- In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
- Obviously a good grovel is as necessary today as it was in the days of serfs.
- They're not servile and grovelling like the English are.
- Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.
- Once he'd got the grovelling out of the way he was transformed.
- Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.
1he's in the boss's office having a good grovel — está en la oficina del jefe, pidiendo perdón de rodillas informal
- I'm very sorry, grovel, grovel — mil perdones, su señoría
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