In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(slowly, with great attention to detail)pulgada femininetwo inches of rain/snow — cuatro dedos de lluvia/nieve
- his strength makes up for his lack of inches — lo que no tiene en estatura lo compensa en fuerza
- I need to lose a few inches around the waist — tengo que adelgazar un poco de cintura
- I was within an inch of getting that job — estuve a un paso / en un tris de que me dieran el trabajo
- I've searched every inch of the house — he buscado hasta en el último rincón de la casa
- inch by inch
- the police searched the house inch by inch — la policía registró la casa palmo a palmo
- inch by inch the car slid into the river — el coche se deslizó palmo a palmo en el río
- he looked every inch the English aristocrat — de pies a cabeza parecía el típico aristócrata inglés
- she wouldn't budge / give an inch — no cedió en lo más mínimo
- give them an inch and they'll take a mile — les das la mano y te toman el brazo
- Are you sure you are measuring in inches and not centimeters?
- I still talk about acres, yards, feet and inches; not forgetting gallons and pints and also hundredweights pounds and ounces.
- Arriving there, Legrand noted one particular ledge about twelve inches wide and eighteen inches long, several feet below the top of the rock.
- A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.
- She weighed 186 pounds and was five feet four inches tall.
- We asked the surgeon, are you talking millimeters, centimeters, inches?
- The units can be feet, inches or any other measurement, so long as it's consistent.
- The size is due to a screen which measures a massive four inches diagonally.
- Progress can be slow; you measure it in inches and feet, not miles or kilograms.
- Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took the measurement and said, ‘Eighteen feet, six inches,’ and walked away.
- He was a rather small man and stood only a few inches above Mary, who one could measure at five feet and four inches.
- There were two beds shoved in either corner of the room with about a foot to eighteen inches of room in between each one.
- Together, the two measured 82 feet 5 inches in length and were launched vertically.
- The square measured approximately two inches from side to side.
- It was big, maybe eighteen inches from feet to head.
- When you use this routine, set the input units to feet and inches.
- The original instrument is a wooden tube (possibly of Yew wood), slightly tapered, and measuring six foot four inches in length.
- The prints are available in various sizes from 8 by 10 inches to 44 inches by 10 feet.
- The boys take out a measuring tape and measure her: she is four feet, 10 inches tall.
- Each one had six feet by eighteen inches to call their own and the privacy was almost nil.
1moverse lentamentemoverse paso a pasoto inch forward — avanzar lentamente / paso a paso
- to inch out — salir poco a poco
1to inch one's way — avanzar lentamente
- we are inching our way toward a solution — estamos avanzando lentamente hacia una solución
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