In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(cause death of)matardar muerte a formalyou'll get yourself killed — te van a matar
- he killed himself — se suicidó
- you'll kill yourself driving like that — te vas a matar manejando de esa manera
- he was killed by the rebels — lo mataron los rebeldes
- she was killed in a car crash — se mató / murió en un accidente de coche
- nine people were killed in the fire — nueve personas resultaron muertas en el incendio
- he was killed in the war — murió en la guerra
- the disease kills thousands every year — la enfermedad se cobra miles de víctimas anualmente
- it was drink that killed him — la bebida acabó con él
- I'll kill him if he wakes me up! — ¡como me despierte lo mato!
- Insecticides will kill the butterfly larvae as well as the aphids, so allow ladybugs time to eliminate them.
- Hamlet is able to avenge his father's death by killing his uncle.
- He was tragically killed in an accident while serving with our forces overseas.
- The dust contains compounds and organisms that are damaging and probably killing the living coral.
- Some thirty people were killed in the clash between partisans of the two performers.
- The point being that chimps tend to kill with impunity in the wild.
- If the virus kills a bird quickly, the animal is less likely to spread the disease.
- What does appal me is when overfed and bored domestic cats torture and kill birds for pleasure.
- Fish farmers are licensed to kill predators that threaten their nets, pens and fish.
- Tuna boats, for example, often kill sharks, turtles, and dolphins that get trapped in their nets.
- Troy, however, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this summer.
- Licenses to kill marine mammals trying to eat farmed fish can be obtained from the department for $5.
- He paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in the crash.
- A teenage boy was killed in the crossfire, and two soldiers were wounded.
- I have thoughts of killing myself but would not carry them out.
- During last year's Bank Holiday period six people were killed on the roads.
- Some 250,000 sea birds were killed and the local fishing industry was devastated.
- This time, for the first time, he killed out of anger and hate.
- The British fox is an opportunist predator, which kills poultry, new-born lambs and piglets, as well as young hares and wild ground-nesting birds.
- When the daughter of an industrialist apparently kills herself, her sister is unconvinced.
2.1(destroy)(hopes/enthusiasm) acabar conher arrival killed the conversation stone dead — con su llegada se cortó la conversación en seco
- All sorts of artists and programmers are making changes to the game all the time, and any one change might kill performance.
- One book that is covered here has been indirectly responsible for millions of people being killed off.
- Failure may not kill the President's second-term, but it will weaken it and overshadow successes in other areas.
- It showed the disease was still prevalent in the run-up to autumn and had not been killed off by recent warm weather, he said.
- Eventually the tumours were killed off by high-tech laser surgery.
- Unfortunately, the Tunnel was killed off when the military feared that it might be used as an invasion route.
- Benn's proposals for democratising industry were killed off by the civil service and the Labour leadership.
- The old Mini was effectively killed off in 1999 by safety and emissions regulations.
- Nevertheless, it does mean we're in for a tedious few months as the singles sales chart is finally killed off.
- All animals that could not be made to perform some sort of service to society were completely killed off.
- A no vote by Chile could kill plans for granting it the same access to the US market that Canada and Mexico now enjoy.
- The California measure was killed in committee, but the industry has had little time to celebrate.
- Trafford Park itself went into a decline, which meant there was less demand for buses so certain services were killed off.
- The suspended bill is then voted on by those registered to vote and if the majority vote against the bill, it is killed off.
- Scotland's once great steel industry was virtually killed off with the closure of Ravenscraig in 1992.
- Authorities' failure to kill the counterfeits is in part because the vendors have found a way around the system.
- But the show was killed off despite the best efforts of Gallagher, an expert in PR spin before the term was invented.
- Early plans for a bit of work were killed off when he lost his job.
- Environmentalists who have studied the effects of river pollution are sceptical of claims that all wildlife is killed off.
- The cornflowers which used to sprinkle farmers' fields with blue have been killed off as weeds by herbicides.
- In World War I, most of the best, bravest, and brightest young men were killed off.
- A few corporations got to buy a few favours from the government, but the schemes had largely collapsed by the time they were killed off.
- Any hopes Birmingham had of getting back into the match were killed off by Wayne Rooney with a 78th minute goal.
- They are dying out because the wild flowers on which their caterpillars feed are being killed off by farmers, landowners and foresters.
- The brave little boy went through six weeks of radiotherapy then another six months of chemotherapy before the cancer was finally killed off.
- It was killed by a single vote in the Senate's Judiciary Proceedings Committee.
- It was killed by five votes in a filibuster in the Senate, so we came very close just 35 years ago.
- The Scottish parliament could proceed with the bill despite a recommendation by the committee to kill it.
- Earlier schemes for their redevelopment were killed off by the property downturn of 1990-93.
- In another attempt to keep the pace moving, the committee voted to kill radio and television timeouts in overtime.
2.2informal (quash)(rumors) acabar conthe opposition failed to kill the bill — la oposición no logró estrangular el proyecto de ley
- The trick is to kill pest insects without killing the taste or texture of the food they infest.
- The companies that claim this will kill innovation are making a big deal out of nothing.
- This is corporate committee think, and committees always kill creativity.
- The incessant spread of globalization is killing the very qualities of distinctiveness and diversity of our differing cultures that make this world such a special place to live in.
- Do not refrigerate tomatoes, or you'll kill the taste.
- A software patent, which serves to protect inventions of a non-technical nature, could kill the high innovation rate.
2.5(use up)I went for a walk to kill time — fui a dar un paseo para matar el tiempo
- I had an hour to kill — tenía una hora sin nada que hacer
3.1(cause discomfort)matar informalmy feet/shoes are killing me — los pies/zapatos me están matando informal
- He's been part of my soul, we grew up together, and it kills me to know how badly I have hurt him.
- I'm a bit tired today, knees and ankles are killing me from all the walking I did last night, but it was well worth it.
- But at least the new scenarios don't kill you trying to keep guests happy.
- There is no electricity, no water, the heat is killing us.
- My back is killing me tonight and my wonderful husband propped me up at the computer chair with some pillows.
3.2(tire out, exhaust)matar informalall this work is killing me — tanto trabajo me está matando informal
- don't kill yourself! — ¡cuidado, no te vayas a herniar!
- Sir Walter Scott nearly killed himself writing enough to pay for his home.
- Doing an OK job and getting 2% makes far better economic sense when compared to killing yourself and getting 3%.
- What you realise is you don't win any medals by killing yourself.
- I'm tired of chasing technology, literally killing myself every two years to come out with a new product.
- Figure that as a percentage of your take home and it becomes evident that you're killing yourself with work and family for - literally - nothing.
3.3(amuse, shock)their jokes kill me — me mato de risa con sus chistes Latin America
- what killed me was the callous way he said it — lo que me mató fue la brutalidad con la que lo dijo
4informal(switch off)(engine/lights) apagar
- As the boat reaches the GPS coordinates for Table Top, a rise in the ocean floor southwest of Tatoosh Island, Anderson kills the motor.
- Jack killed the lights on his old truck a block before he arrived at the house Woodbridge and Tattersall shared.
- I ticked halfway down this service road and stopped the van and killed the lights.
- The motorcyclist killed his engine and dismounted.
- She killed the engine and climbed out.
5informal(consume)we killed a bottle of brandy — nos liquidamos una botella de coñac informal
- They killed the bottle in half an hour.
- A sad thing is going up to the bar to pour your last glass of whiskey, then discovering your first glass killed the bottle.
6.1(in tennis, squash)(ball) matar
6.2(in soccer)(ball) parar(ball) matar
- Just looking at Joe, you can tell he's got the size and strength to really kill the ball.
- A long ball in from Ball was killed by the Dutchman, who turned and hit it beyond the helpless Arthur.
- When the ball came off my foot on the 50-yard try, I knew I had enough distance because I killed the ball.
- He penalised us senseless out there and they were killing so much ball.
- So I saved the space by killing all the widow lines; I could cut a word and save a line.
- I managed to get rid of the dialog by killing some offending system process, but then lost all my unsaved work when the machine rebooted anyway.
- Why I should have the right to kill a malicious process on your machine
- If activated it will kill DLL files related to the updating components of various anti-virus programs.
- Running top and killing the process via top didn't work either.
- It also defeats all known firewalls, killing the running process, replacing the firewall icon, and allowing a stealth FTP connection.
- That makes it difficult for such users to commit themselves to deleting files and decisions have to be made about what files to kill and what files to keep.
- Users have to first kill the Msblast.exe process in Windows Task Manager before they can get anywhere.
1matarshe was dressed to kill — se había vestido para matar / para dejar a todos boquiabiertos informal
1(act)the lion closed in for the kill — el león se aprestó a caer sobre su presa
- he went in for the kill — entró a matar
- to be in at the kill — estar presente en el momento culminante
2(animal, animals killed)presa feminine
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