In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Anatomymano feminineI received it from the king's own hand — lo recibí de manos del rey
- with one's own hands — con sus (or mis etc.) propias manos
- to give sb one's hand — darle la mano a algn
- they were holding hands when they arrived — llegaron tomados / agarrados de la mano
- I took Mary's hand in mine to take her across the road — le di la mano a Mary para cruzar la calle
- he took me by the hand — me cogió de la mano
- we were all on our hands and knees, looking for the ring — estábamos todos a gatas / en cuatro patas, buscando el anillo
- he wouldn't give it to me even if I went down on my hands and knees — no me lo daría ni aunque se lo pidiera de rodillas
- to have/hold sth in one's hands — tener/llevar algo en la mano
- to hold on with both hands — agarrarse / sujetarse con las dos manos
- to hold out one's hand to sb — tenderle la mano a algn
- to put one's hand up / to raise one's hand — levantar la mano
- from hand to hand — de mano en mano
- a piece for four hands — una pieza para cuatro manos
- hand-sewn / -stitched — cosido a mano
- hand-painted — pintado a mano
- Fingers, thumbs and hands were broken in combat, but there are few visible signs of the mutilation.
- She holds a vessel in one hand and a cloth in another as she pours a libation before him.
- I raised both of my hands, palms outward, and performed some of the most basic bhangra moves.
- Flatten the pieces out in the palm of your hand, stretching with your fingers.
- He ties the man's hand in front of his chest with a length of gauze, and wraps the body in a sheet.
- She grinned and pulled a triangle of white paper out of her pocket and put it in Faith's hand.
- Ever since she has taken to wearing her bag over her shoulder with her other hand pushed through the handles and in her pocket.
- Drop the pulleys to the lowest setting, grasp a handle in each hand and lie back on the bench.
- Father and son put their hands palm to palm, separated by the glass.
- After burning incense on the stove, he began to chant, holding out his hands with his palms upward.
- Four days later he developed a mild temperature, a sore throat, blisters on the palms of his hands and weals on his tongue.
- Hold your hands, palms downwards, over the cloth and send your witch-power into the herbs.
- He suddenly cries out in pain as the hot knife handle burns his hand, but he doesn't let go.
- The rash doesn't itch and is usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
- Martindale's hand was up in the air like a schoolboy waiting for the teacher to call on him.
- Squeeze the soil ball between your thumb and fingers in the palm of your hand to make a ribbon.
- She was holding a duffel bag and pair of high heels in one hand, and a bottle of Tylenol in the other.
- He opened his eyes, looking up to see the woman's hand holding a damp cloth to his face.
- Fold the thumb of the left hand into the palm of the hand and wrap the fingers around the thumb.
- The spike from the fence went through his wrist and into the palm of his hand.
2.1(agency)mano femininethe hand of God/Fate — la mano de Dios/del destino
- to die by one's own hand — quitarse la vida
- She has no doubt that Irving had a big hand in her rise to the top ranks of the world's squash players.
- He had a hand in all four goals that gave Celtic an astonishing victory over the Serie A giants.
- Reg Goodfellow, with two goals and two assists, had a hand in all four La Broquerie goals.
- Dave Robinson starred as he scored one and had a hand in the other four goals.
- Ms Bradford, who is in the House today, had a big hand in helping us with the process of planning.
- Generous in his praise of those around him, Lewis singled out his mother, who is reported to have had a big hand in his retirement.
- Keep in mind, the broad that runs this joint had a big hand in helping these folks out.
- He scored a fine individual try, had a big hand in Austerfield's brace and threatened the Batley line time and again.
2.2informal (assistance)do you need/want a hand with that? — ¿te echo / doy una mano con eso?
- if you need a hand — si necesitas ayuda
- "Do you need a hand?" I ask.
- Bradford's Industrial Museum has been giving a helping hand to a textile archive in Leeds.
2.3hands plural(possession, control, care)the contract is now in the hands of the lawyer — ahora el contrato está en manos del abogado
- your future lies in your own hands — tú eres dueño de tu futuro
- can I leave the matter in your hands? — ¿puedo dejar el asunto en tus manos?
- in private hands — en manos (de) particulares
- in good/capable hands — en buenas manos
- my life is in your hands — mi vida depende de ti
- how did that vase come into your hands? — ¿cómo llegó a tus manos ese jarrón?
3(side)on sb's right/left hand — a la derecha/izquierda de algn
(set of cards)mano femininecartas femininea good/poor hand — buenas/malas cartas
- The event promises to be a great day out and full of fun as we raise money to help the unfortunates dealt such a cruel hand in life.
- When I came back out, Torin had dealt us both a hand and had a steaming mug of hot chocolate laid out for me.
- Michael then asks Heather if she's ever felt that she's been dealt a bad hand.
- Yes, he was dealt a hard hand by fate, but should he have gone the way he did?
- If the joker is turned up, there are no wild cards and the value of the hand is doubled.
- If anyone else has these in their hand at the end of a round their entire hand is worthless!
- Paul won almost by default because of Jon's lousy hand in the first round.
- Even at this stage of life fate dealt a tough hand to Matty as far as his family was concerned, he was never to see them again.
- Players are dealt a hand of five cards and play is around the table as one would expect.
- Up to dinner I played very well with the little that I was given, only going into about four or five hands and winning them all.
- There will be a new hand dealt in Malaysia and I think that we have a chance of doing well.
- This is the equivalent of slow-playing a brilliant hand at poker, so that you draw in your prey.
- You may draw the top card off the stock pile, and then discard one card from your hand.
- Alice de Souza has dealt herself a winning hand and she has played it skillfully.
- It's like being dealt a hand of cards, before arranging them into suits.
- But to be Franck is to be polite, cultured and dignified enough to accept the hand dealt by the game's fates.
- Even if you are dealt a bad hand, you might still see or raise a bet, or even bet all your chips at once.
- The total value of all the cards in the hands of the other players is added to the winner's cumulative score.
- The same applies if a team has a meld of less than seven pure aces and three or more aces in a player's hand.
- In case of a tie between two hands, the discarded card is used to decide which is better.
(round of card game)mano feminine
- There is bad news today for any bald, guitar-playing Afghani who likes a hand of Bridge.
- When one player has won four tricks, the hand is over and that player is the winner.
- He played golf into his late 80s, tended a large garden, and played a fine hand at bridge.
(player)jugador masculinejugadora feminine
5.1(worker)obrero masculineobrera femininefarm hand — peón masculine
- they're taking on new hands — están contratando más mano de obra / más trabajadores
- She had starred at the wood each morning since she had been hired as a hand on farm at the age of 12.
- It concerns a factory hand who is sent to Coventry by his co-workers when he refuses to go on strike.
- All of the horses had to be led down to the bottom of the field by stable hands as firefighters dealt with the flames.
- She ordered one of the stable hands to put the horse back in his stall, and left the training ring.
- She nodded as if agreeing with him and then called over some stable hands to take the horses.
- Poor bastard must wake up in a shipwreck every morning - hands on the mast and seamen everywhere.
- Roger also worked as a bus boy, a kitchen hand, and a labourer on many different sites.
- When they reached the castle she gave her horse to a stable hand and headed for her room.
- Hanssen's ship now looks ready to go down with all hands on board.
- Workers back then were beings with blue collars, drivers or wharfies or factory hands.
- The village itself, built to house agricultural hands, now has just two men thus employed.
- He had a stable hand hitch up the horses and then he helped Lydia up into the buggy.
5.2Nauticalmarinero masculinethe hands gathered on the foredeck — la marinería se congregó en la cubierta de proa
- the ship went down with all hands — el barco se hundió con toda la tripulación a bordo
5.3(experienced person)an old hand — una veterana
- he's an old hand at negotiating — tiene mucha experiencia en negociaciones
6informal(applause)a big hand — un gran aplauso
- let's have a really big hand for … — un gran aplauso para …
- Let's give them each a big hand.
- Step forward our friends at - you guessed it, give them a big hand - Scotland on Sunday.
- What scares me is that many of those who voted for her in the past now think she's insane, and yet she gets a big hand abroad.
7literary(handwriting)letra feminineshe writes a neat/clear hand — tiene buena letra/una letra muy clara
- the letter was in her own hand — la carta era de su puño y letra
- This manuscript is written in a bold hand, with black ink, and is illuminated with rude portraits of the Evangelists.
- Even fountain pens, though invented around 1884, were thought to be incompatible with a neat hand, and ballpoints were definitely the devil's invention.
8(on a clock)manecilla feminineaguja femininethe hour hand — la manecilla / la aguja de las horas
- the minute hand — el minutero
- the second hand — el segundero
- He glanced at the clock, the big hand on the twelve and the small one on the nine.
- What kind of food makes people weep or sets them moving around a table like the hands of a clock?
- I could barely make out the golden hands of the clock in the dim light of the candle.
- He closed his eyes and the clock's hands began to whirl, the numbers glowing softly.
- The hands of the clock began to spin so fast that each minute the clock chimed a new hour.
- Jane swung the bulk of her pack onto her right shoulder like the hand of a clock striking zero hour.
- Rotating his body like the hand of a clock, he shuffled around the lamb, examining it from every angle.
- The gigantic hands of the clock watching over us up on the wall made me impatient.
- The hands of Bella's clock quietly ticked away as she stared down at the five outfits on her bed.
- In fact, the hands of the clock above the mirrored bar stand still, encouraging you to linger.
- I have a pint of Guinness as we chat and then a second as the clock hands crawl past one.
- Time passes again, the same clock hands spin madly, the same bells ring and the same chimes chime.
- As what seemed to be the result of the flash, the three hands of the clock began to speed up.
- That is, the hands of the circadian clock are moved forward or backwards.
- There was a clock and the hands would move when a fast food company sold x amount of burgers.
- The clock's hands pointed at the twelve and six, reflecting his initial sense of time.
- She glances up at the clock then places a hand on her chest, always the drama queen.
- But then the clock beside it has hands and ticks, which probably dates it a bit.
- Everywhere I looked were clocks without hands and forks without knives.
9(measurement of horse)palmo masculine
- How many hands high was Secretariat?
- Direct Access is no pony himself and at 17 hands is the biggest horse in Lungo's yard.
1to hand sb sth
- to hand sth to sb — pasarle algo a algn
- could you hand me that hammer, please? — ¿me pasas ese martillo, por favor?
- she handed the book to her father — le pasó el libro a su padre
- he was handed a stiff sentence — le impusieron una pena severa
- Smith handed Jones an easy victory — Smith le regaló la victoria a Jones
- But Hughes has no qualms about handing another starring role to teenager Dean Lord.
- One of our members handed it into the school at 5pm to be passed to the board.
- I picked up the red t-shirt off the carpet and handed it to him, watching as he slipped it over his head.
- When she found out Mr Rose had changed his mind and handed the honour to Miss Loos, she was determined she wouldn't let it lie.
- He picked up the beer and handed it to the man before turning and making his way down the corridor.
- Marty had bent down and picked up my books and handed them back to me without a word.
- His second hour students were already pouring into class as he handed them both a pass.
- Hastily he picked the book up and handed it to her and bowed his head before standing.
- Someone threw it over the barriers and the security guard picked it up and handed it to me!
- Today, in the absence of a real fans' favourite, Reyna may find himself handed an important role.
- Kneeling down, she handed the dog a treat and picked it up, scooping it carefully with her arm.
- The scheme was given a huge boost by council chiefs who handed the organisation a £25,000 grant.
- There's something really great about getting actual mail in your actual mailbox, or handing a card to someone.
- After handing her horse to a stableboy waiting nearby, Kayin took a deep breath and entered.
- Morgan finally dug up a gemstone, picked it up and handed it to Evelyn, who put it in a bag.
- I was just about to bend over and pick it up when who should hand it to me but John himself.
- At present, all tax receipts go to the UK Treasury and money is handed back to Scotland in the form of a block grant.
- The guy behind the counter hands Jason the monkey and Jason gives him the tickets.
- He starts to cry and kind-hearted Beckham walks past, picks the car out the mud, cleans it and hands it back to him.
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