In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(difficulty)complicación feminineproblema masculinepega feminine Spain informalthere's been a slight hitch with the program — ha surgido una pequeña complicación / un pequeño problema con el programa
- a technical hitch — un problema técnico
- it went off without a hitch — todo marchó sobre ruedas
- Improbably, the screening goes off without a hitch and, except for the 30 or 40 people who walk out, the response is very positive.
- For some reason, software that had worked earlier without a hitch had waited until election night to omit eight precincts in the tally.
- The good news is that it all went without a hitch.
- The five pools at the spacious new $16.3 million centre are now tiled and have been filled and tested - without a hitch.
- For all its water-tightness and lack of style, all the stuff I tried to read, passed through MSOffice grammar check without a hitch!
- I can't always count on my pre-work routine to go off without a hitch.
- Blogger worked without a hitch, and I feel fine.
- It wasn't easy to do, but English class finally started without a hitch and my headache remained in the back corner of my mind.
- And hopefully, the elections will go without a hitch.
- Judith Leach, principal of the girls' school, said the exams, which began at 8.30 am and ended promptly at 1 pm, ran without a hitch.
- How can they remember if they had encountered computer hitches over the past two or three months?
- The first was put up without a hitch on Wednesday.
- And the good news is the European Space Agency's Mars Express appears to have gone into orbit around Mars without a hitch.
- Theatre Serendipity's first show of their cross-Canada Fringe-circuit tour didn't exactly go off without a hitch.
- And while, certainly, they do, many, many more trials go off without a hitch.
- Anyway, the show went on without a hitch or a bullet.
- Luckily, the surgery was completed without a hitch and the patient was informed of the problem.
- Thanks to Maureen Kidd who was responsible for all the arrangements and, in her usual efficient planning, everything went without a hitch.
- The competition went smoothly and without any major hitches all the way up to the ninth-graders.
- I'm not saying the battle plan has gone without a hitch.
2.1(jerk)tirón masculinejalón masculine Southern Cone Latin Americahe gave his trousers a hitch (up) — se subió los pantalones de un tirón
- to have a hitch in one's swing — tener el swing cortado
2.2US (limp)cojera femininerenquera femininerenguera feminine Latin Americato walk with a hitch — renguear Latin America
- Lash ropes and diamond hitches are untied, the horses unpacked and then hobbled or tethered in the meadow below camp.
- Also available is The Klutz Book of Knots, a step-by-step manual on how to tie the world's 24 most useful hitches, ties, warps and knots.
4informal(ride)we got a hitch to Dover — nos llevaron hasta Dover
5US informal(period of service)he did a three-year hitch in the navy — pasó tres años enganchado en la marina informal
6(fastening device)enganche masculine
- Headlights, brush guard and trailer hitch without ball are standard features.
- Simply attach a trailer ball to the ATV's back hitch and your powerful machine becomes a hauling wonder.
- It's a factory crew cab that's low enough to accommodate a gooseneck hitch.
- Some rear bumpers may come with a built-in step or a trailer hitch that will add more functionality to your Chevrolet pickup or SUV.
- Certainly the system has not been without its hitches, particularly for fleets.
- Their hand crafted tow hitches have ‘custom’ written all over them in invisible letters.
- I welded a bracket with a pad for bolting a vise to the square tubing that fits into the receiver hitch on the rear of my pickup.
- The wagon was parked directly in front of another car with a towing hitch and a speedboat directly behind it.
- He has access to a welding machine and can do such things as weld a trailer hitch for himself.
- Most front mounted hitches are used for off road front mounted winches.
- I don't own a boat, but I have a pickup and trailer with a hitch just in case.
- These pieces of equipment can be easily attached to a trailer hitch and taken from a job site.
- To install, slide the unit into place, pin it, and plug its electrical hookup into a lighter/accessory port or the standard hitch wiring.
- A gooseneck hitch mount may require lubrication and should be checked for condition, especially the adjustment bolts on the tongue tube.
- Trailers and towable equipment should use quality trailer hitch or kingpin locks.
- If a trailer starts to sway, it transfers this motion to the back of the car through the hitch.
- Cadillac's pickup is so fancy that a trailer hitch is optional.
- How had she gone from discussing the characters in the book she was reading to Archie's description of a mooring hitch?
- This is a $40,000 truck, with a serious trailer hitch on it.
- This is required in all 50 states and should never be hooked onto the receiver hitch or wrapped around the bumper.
1(attach)to hitch sth to sth — enganchar algo a algo
- But is hitching your company to a star really the right move?
- If you need to hitch a heavy trailer, the suspension can be lowered to a suitable height.
- He hitches a trailer to his bike to take the children to school or go shopping.
- So this week I have been mostly hitching my wagon to VitaminQ's star.
- This they hitched to their truck, and then we drove off to the station.
- He is hitching the bullock cart to the New Economy.
- Ross's Maoist back-to-nature fantasies were hitched to theories filched from the 1960s architectural avant-garde.
- They were now behind the church where people pulled up their buggies and carriages and hitched them to the posts that were set up.
- The prehensile tail is muscular at the base, and it is hitched around a branch as an anchor, particularly when descending.
- In the city's photographic market, which is still largely hitched to 35 mm, digital is confined to the lower end and to media professionals.
- He hitched his wagon to the ideologues who surround him, filtering out those who disagreed, including leaders of his own party and the uniformed military.
2(move)he hitched his chair nearer to the fire — acercó / arrimó su silla al fuego
- Lift up the right hip as far as it will go, hitching it up towards the ribcage.
- ‘Some strange types round these parts, lady,’ as he spat his tobacco, hitched his pajamas and banged the gate behind us.
- Mac hitched the blanket higher over one shoulder.
- I hop across the lounge between wheelchair and sofa - he hitches up his right foot and copies me.
- Gnat walks up to a mirror, hitches her shirt up, sticks out her tongue.
- Best to hitch up our Fafbelts and get used to him right.
- The clerk reached for the phone; I hitched my pants and vamoosed.
- As skirts were hitched up and ties loosened, out came the blue Rimmel eyeliners and the Body Shop blushers.
- It was hitched up to reveal an underskirt of a different color and with no hoops or panniers.
- I hitched my pack into a more comfortable position and grimaced.
- Her skirt was hitched up way higher on one side than the other and the buttons on her shirt were all in the wrong holes.
- After he had moved on to other news, Ara hitched her rucksack higher on her back, prepared to go to her glade.
- These tunics were usually worn to below the knee, but during travel they were hitched up by a belt to make walking easier.
3informal(thumb)to hitch a ride or (British also) a lift — hacer autostop
- he hitched a ride on a truck — lo recogió / le paró un camión
- I hitched my way to Paris — fui a París a dedo
- Even hitching to Brighton, where I have supportive friends, would be a nightmare from here.
- I'd been hitching around Australia and New Zealand not knowing what was happening to my sight, so at least it all made sense.
- Children are dicing with death hitching rides on the back of moving vehicles.
- We'd save money by hitching and sleeping in train stations or anywhere we could doss down for a couple of hours.
- Delighted at the chance to escape the mayhem, I hitched along with him.
- There was the student hitching on a road outside Maynooth.
- Julie Felix came to England in 1964 after leaving California and hitching through Europe with a duffel bag and guitar.
- We hitched in pairs and, as a general rule, we'd all meet up outside the cathedral of whichever city we were heading for.
- Some hitched lifts, clinging dangerously on to the sides of trucks and mini buses as they wound around the hairpin curves over a sickening drop to the valley below.
- The ride in an Audi 200 is akin to hitching a lift on the back of a horse drawn carriage.
- Unlike the Paris to Dakar rally, where every car has a support vehicle, if we break down in the Sahara we'll be hitching our way out.
- I had left Peshawar early in the morning the day before, and hitched out of town on a succession of brightly painted trucks.
- I've seen a few people hitching with suitcases, but that's weird.
- Jo Jo was hitching rides down to her home in Callan, Co Kilkenny, when she disappeared.
- She says she had always hoped to go back to Russia, after spending her gap-year there while all her friends were hitching around India.
- He said he hardly ever picks anyone up, and I said this is the first time I'd successfully hitched.
- They are believed to have hitched South and made a new life for themselves near Clones, Co.
- If you're hitching on an interstate it's best to try to hitch from highway onramps.
- I hitched out to Joshua Tree to go rock climbing.
- The two of them trekked and hitched across Iran, relying on the kindness of strangers.
- Treading the beat and hitching rides around the vast air base, he is constantly on the move checking on his international flock.
- There's an unspoken rule when hitching that polite listening is compulsory, arguing outlawed.
- So at the start of the summer holidays I hitched to Birmingham, found a studio that swallowed my false ID and got both nipples done.
- Rural Ireland was recommended as a friendly place for hitching, as was Quebec - ‘if you don't mind being berated for not speaking French’.
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