In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(person) torpe(person) patoso Spain informal(action) desmañado(action) torpe
- The Slovakians' ability to pass the ball around a pitch that was hardly conducive to an expansive approach embarrassed the ham-fisted attempts of Eriksson's men to mimic their hosts' fluency and rhythm.
- Tuesday's leader column described this proposal as ‘a ham-fisted attempt at social engineering’, and it is true that the council might have seen this one coming.
- For the pro-war blood mongers to claim that they are the true supporters of our troops and that people such as myself of an anti-war disposition are not, is at best a ham-fisted attempt to take the moral high ground and at worst a barefaced lie.
- But the move was seen by opposition critics as a ham-fisted attempt to have his cake and eat it.
- It's sort of like watching Leo X's inept and ham-fisted dealings with Martin Luther.
- It was an attempt - ham-fisted, but an attempt nevertheless - to interpret, in some Van Daniken kind of way, some of the phenomena, especially in the Old Testament.
- Were it otherwise, it would remain at best a ham-fisted attempt to to ‘objectify’ the unalterably subjective.
- WorldCom's in a big mess, and many of you have questions about it, so I thought that I would, in my ham-fisted, amateur way, attempt to answer them.
- Its ham-fisted attempts to modernise the service plunged the post office network into crisis.
- Putting it explicitly in the script is ham-fisted and breaks the butterfly of imagination on the wheel of obtuse sarkiness.
- Anyone familiar with my previous ham-fisted attempts to establish myself as a domestic goddess will find this new urge more laughable than laudable.
- But the attempts were ham-fisted, to say the least.
- Manufacturers, pubs and bars are eager to head off what one industry insider said could become ‘some ham-fisted attempt to clamp down’.
- Despite my ham-fisted attempts, under Rosemary's instruction my bread emerged perfect from the oven.
- This is what separates the professional from us ham-fisted beer guzzling amateurs.
- I have stood on the shed and waved my arms about the place making ham-fisted attempts at semaphore.
- There are other indications that the plot - which has been widely portrayed as a ham-fisted attempt by a band of mercenaries to seize power in an oil-rich state - had wider backing.
- My subject-matter is to be strangled at birth before my ham-fisted attempts to bring my feeble story to life are even completed.
- There's something endearingly gauche and ham-fisted about the way in which this tune a-l-m-o-s-t succeeds as a Stock Aitken Waterman soundalike, but ultimately just falls short.
- It was a ham-fisted attempt which was doomed to failure.
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