In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1informal(difficult situation)aprieto masculineto be in a jam — estar en un aprieto / en apuros
- to get into a jam — meterse en un lío
2.1(stationary traffic)atasco masculineembotellamiento masculine
2.2(crowd)a great jam of people — un gentío
- Faults can include paper jams or coins getting stuck, or a machine running out of paper.
- I'd prefer to further my skills and career - not occupy myself hunched over a photocopier, when the biggest excitement of my working day is a paper jam.
- And let's be honest, I haven't had much to write about either - office politics, photocopier jams and the mailman's unfathomable attitude towards me being the highlight of my day.
- Election officials complain of paper jams, maintenance problems at the polling places, and high costs of printing and ballot management.
- There's a paper jam, and she's got some scissors that you can actually see there on the counter, and she's trying to fix the paper jam.
1(cram)to jam sth into sth — meter algo en algo
- I jammed my things into the suitcase — metí / embutí todas mis cosas en la maleta
- the four of them jammed themselves into the back of the car — los cuatro se metieron apretujándose en el asiento de atrás
2(congest, block)(road/room) atestarjammed with people — atestado de gente
- the switchboard was jammed with calls — la centralita estaba saturada de llamadas
3(make stick, wedge firmly)he jammed his foot in the door — metió el pie entre la puerta y el marco
- the car was jammed in between two trucks — el coche estaba atascado entre dos camiones
- he jammed his hat on tighter — se encasquetó bien el sombrero
4(crush)she jammed her thumb in the door — se pilló el dedo en la puerta informal
5(push hard, suddenly)he jammed his foot down on the brake — dio un frenazo en seco
1(cram)to jam into sth — meterse en algo
- we all jammed into the car — nos apretujamos todos en el coche
- Cane and beet sugar are the usual sources of sugar for jelly or jam.
- When cake is quite cold, brush top with slightly warmed apricot jam.
- There is nothing wrong with a good old Victoria sponge, thickly spread with butter icing and home-made jam, and dusted with icing sugar.
- Alighting from the boats we went into one of the huge ‘refs’ and had some lovely tea and buttered scones, topped with jam!
- There is butter for the waffles, and powdered sugar, and strawberry jam.
- Every morning her husband brings her breakfast of croissants with strawberry jam and a bowl of fresh fruit to bed.
- For the sandwiches, spread some plum jam on six bread slices and cover with the remaining slices.
- Currently available are apricot jam, sweet Seville, grapefruit, and three fruits marmelades and tomato and cranberry chutneys.
- The sandwich was well up to expectations and this was followed by a warm and very fresh fruit scone which crumbled as we spread it with strawberry jam and cream.
- Spread raspberry jam over slices and drizzle with orange juice or liqueur.
- Steam puddings with dried fruit or jam for flavouring were boiled in basins with cloths tied over the top.
- A selection of delicate pastries, banana slices, glazed fudge, lemon tarts, scones with clotted cream and jam, and boiled Welsh fruit cake were also on offer.
- You can then sprinkle the petit suisse with sugar or strawberry jam.
- She took a small bowlful of cherries in defiance of the usual selection the women made of crackers spread thinly with jam.
- If you overcook your jam, the sugar will caramelize and it won't taste good and there's nothing you can do.
- If you have enough berries, you can also make little pots of sweet jam.
- She was munching through a croissant, heartily spread with black raspberry jam, when she realized that she had other things to think about.
- In the Cafe you can try a selection of their bread by ordering a basket of it with butter and a sharp but sweet strawberry jam.
- Fresh thick slices of loaf bread, generously spread with strawberry jam, washed down with strong sweet tea just have to be eaten outdoors to be really enjoyed.
- Loryn picked up a slice of toast and slowly spread jam over it.
- In a jam like this, it's certainly OK to help your girl save face.
- I still care about them and would have no problem helping them out if they were in a jam, but I no longer wish to spend any time with them.
- Are you as helpful as you can be when your pal is in a jam?
- If there is one message from what's happened, it is that when this Government is in a jam, it volunteers little except under duress.
- Whenever a TV character, say, Lucy Ricardo for example, is in a jam and thinks of a clever way out, she'll try it once.
2(become stuck)(brakes) bloquearse(machine) trancarse(lock/switch) trabarse(lock/switch) trancarse(drawer) atascarse(gun) encasquillarse
1Cookingmermelada femininedulce masculine River Plateraspberry jam — dulce de frambuesas River Plate
- jam tomorrow
- we see this promise of a pay rise as jam tomorrow — eso del aumento de sueldo no son más que promesas y promesas
- jam tomorrow, jam the next day, but never jam today! — ¡siempre mañana, mañana!
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