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(part)mitad femininehalf of the sugar — la mitad del azúcar
- the upper half of the body — la parte superior del cuerpo
- to break/divide sth in half — romper/dividir algo por la mitad / en dos
- it's interesting to see how the other half lives — es interesante ver cómo viven los demás
- to do things by halves — hacer las cosas a medias
- to go halves — pagar a medias
- we go halves on the rent — pagamos el alquiler a medias
- too ... by half
- she's too clever by half — se pasa de lista
- Divide the ground meats by half and pass one half through the grinder for a second time.
- This damage was only found in half of the pivot, the north half where rye was planted.
- Her smile grew wider as she put the halves together and ripped it once more in half.
- Cut the baguette in half lengthways and spread each half with the coriander butter.
- Albany could easily cut this subsidy at least in half and still pay for real charity care.
- Cut dough into four equal pieces, cut each piece in half, and roll each piece into a ball.
- This was the first match of the second half of the season that last saw action three months ago.
- We drew a circle with a horizontal line drawn to divide it in half in the top half of our paper.
- Divide the mixture in half and mould into two sausage shapes, each about 20 cm long.
- The upper and lower halves of this box correspond not to waist up and waist down, but to left and right on the dancer's body.
- Cut a starfish in half and both halves can recover to produce two starfish.
- Do they represent two halves of the same individual or different people?
- Slice the roll in half the short way, then slice the halves in half.
- And tell your husband that you are going to cut the time you spend in the kitchen by half or even more.
- Press both halves together to flatten and cut each roll in half before serving.
- Briefly, the femurs were cut in half at the middle of diaphysis and the proximal halves were discarded.
- Try a biscuit crust, tortillas, flatbread such as pita, bun halves or a baguette cut in half lengthwise as bases for pizza toppings.
- Yes, the Park will be bigger but, unfortunately, it will be split in half and surely that is the whole point of this debate.
- According to the plan you can reduce waste by a half or more by composting.
- You can figure out how much water you need to drink each day by dividing your weight in half.
1.3(elliptical use)an hour and a half — una hora y media
- I wear a 37 and a half — calzo (un) 37 y medio
- you get time and a half on Sundays — te pagan el 50% más los domingos
- it's half past ten — son las diez y media
- the train leaves at half past — el tren sale a y media
- the half-past train — el tren de las y media
- that was a party and a half! — ¡eso sí que fue una fiesta!
- that's a dog and a half! — ¡menudo perrazo!
2.1(period)tiempo masculinethe first/second half — el primer/segundo tiempo
- I had a feeling when we walked out, it was going to be a damned good game in the second half.
- Hockey is an 11-a-side game played over two halves of 35 minutes, with goals more often than not coming from set-pieces such as corners or penalties.
- What is more exciting in football at any level than a scoring drive in the last few minutes of a half or a game?
- The half finished with the Dragons exerting the greater pressure but failing to maintain continuity.
- The first half concluded with a trapeze act that got nervous applause throughout and a thunderous ovation at the end.
- The second half started as it was to go on, with endless comings and goings between the two substitutes benches and the field.
- The visitors side upped their game in the second half when they had got used to the playing surface.
- The matches would feel more real and there would be less of a need to go through the half-dozen substitutions which regularly mark the second halves of such games.
- Only in a bruising period of the second half, when the game turned scrappy, did Hibs lose their composure and control.
- A simmering game erupted following the dismissals in the second half of extra-time.
- It ended a run of 14 games unbeaten and it was a sickener to concede in injury time of both halves.
- Cougars lifted their game in the second half and pummelled the Lions line, but could not find the final touch.
- The Selby side came into the game in the second half and were denied by the upright.
- They were leapfrogged by Matlock Town, who won with goals in stoppage time of both halves.
- They forced two frees that Rogers converted and the sides were level with six minutes of the half gone.
- It got rid of the controversial and hated shoot-out, added stoppage time at the end of halves and games, and the clock counts up instead of down.
- That was a rare moment of danger for Sweden, who dominated possession but only seriously looked like scoring in the closing periods of both halves.
- He later said the first half was his greatest performance as a pro, and no one who saw it could argue.
- So boring was the game that the first half had no decent shot at goal and the two goalkeepers were literally on holiday.
- With less than three minutes of the second half gone, Henderson latched on to a lax pass and hacked the ball downfield.
2.2(of pitch)campo masculine
2.3US (interval)descanso masculinemedio tiempo masculine Latin America
3Britishinformal(of beer)media pinta feminine
- We sat down with a half of Timothy Taylor's for me, and a pint for him, to make our choices.
- Lester wanted to lump him, Mike reckoned there was a story in it and Lucy calmed him down by buying him a half of Guinness.
- Now, here's the rub: our meal plus two pints and two halves of lager set us back a whopping £50.90.
- I've got my eye on one or two oddly named brews - I fancy a half of the Norwich Terrier, for instance.
- If you build a good pub, the women will come - and may just be persuaded to swap their G'n'T for a half of Terrier.
- Seriously, get her to drink a half of stout a day as a basis for any magick she does.
- Two airline stewardesses were sacked for drinking a half of lager each before a flight.
- I then suggested that perhaps all they needed was a nice cup of coffee or a half of shandy and they looked at me as though I were a paedophile.
- With a couple of pints and two halves of lager plus coffees, our bill came to a few pence over £37-not unreasonable for this standard of Indian restaurant.
- I still don't know, but the whole dish, washed down with a half of bitter, sure tasted great.
- Usually we'd have a half of beer, but on this occasion someone suggested a glass of sherry, because it dried you out.
- He was supping a half of Guinness while looking oddly like a Guinness himself in his black polo neck and angular shock of white hair.
4British(fare)one and two halves — un adulto y dos niños
5informal, humorous(spouse)my/his better/other half — mi/su media naranja informal humorous
1la mitadI only want half — solo quiero la mitad
- half of that money is mine — la mitad de ese dinero es mía
- the half of it
- you haven't heard the half of it — y eso no es nada
1mediomediahe won half a million pounds — ganó medio millón de libras
- half a pint of milk — media pinta de leche
- one and a half hours — una hora y media
- half the school knows about it already — ya lo sabe medio colegio
- half the amount has been raised already — ya hemos recaudado la mitad del dinero
- half my salary goes on the mortgage — la mitad del sueldo se me va en la hipoteca
- he's half her age — ella le dobla la edad
- the planning is half the fun — los preparativos son casi tan divertidos como la fiesta (/ el viaje etc. ) en sí
- she isn't half the player/singer she used to be — no es ni sombra de lo que era
- the shirt had half sleeves — la camisa era de manga corta
- she managed a half smile — apenas logró esbozar una sonrisa
- to have a half share in sth — tener la mitad de algo
1mediothe meat is half cooked — la carne está medio cruda / a medio cocer
- the work is only half done — el trabajo está a medio hacer
- she was half asleep — estaba medio dormida / semidormida
- the door was half closed — la puerta estaba entreabierta
- I half expected to find him here — en cierto modo esperaba encontrármelo aquí
- I was only half listening — no estaba prestando mucha atención
- she said it half jokingly — lo dijo medio en broma
- half walking, half running — medio caminando, medio corriendo
- half man, half horse — mitad hombre, mitad caballo
- she is half Italian, half Greek — es hija de italianos y griegos
- they are paid half as much as we are — les pagan la mitad que a nosotros
- that will cost you half as much again — le costará un 50% más
- the movie isn't half as good as the book — la película no es ni la mitad de buena que el libro
- as intensifier not half
- he isn't half clever — es inteligentísimo
- do you like it? — not half! — ¿te gusta? — no me gusta, me encanta
- it isn't half cold today — hoy hace un frío de los demonios
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