In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(de cuchillo, navaja etc) filo masculinebefore noun knife-edge crease — (de los pantalones) raya bien marcada feminine
- Gas supplies, however, are on a knife-edge and any problem, including minor equipment breakdowns or higher summer temperatures, will produce immediate cuts.
- In what was described as a knife-edge decision, the members of the board voted by four votes to two in favour of the transfer.
- If you don't back your files up, especially if you're a very small business, you're living on a knife-edge.
- After a year of falling markets, the US economy is now on a knife-edge.
- With the presidential election poised on a knife-edge, both camps have turned their attention not only to the key mid-western battlegrounds but also to the south-western states of the US.
- Services in many rural areas are now on a knife-edge.
- The economy is still on a knife-edge and there is growing popular discontent with falling living standards and the lack of basic democratic rights.
- York was on a knife-edge tonight as the city's flood defences faced their toughest test following the continuing deluge.
- ‘The timing could not be more critical, the trade talks are on a knife-edge and we need to see leadership from the EU,’ she added.
- During the winter of 1831-32, the nation stood on a knife-edge.
- This week's interest-rate decision by the Bank of England's monetary policy committee is on a knife-edge, amid further evidence that the economy is weakening.
- The court was told that, amid a falling property market and rising construction costs, the whole development was on a knife-edge.
- O'Neill converted to give the Vikings a 14-10 lead before Cooke added a penalty to put the game on a knife-edge at half-time.
- Continued price wars between supermarkets could place the fragile recovery of British agriculture on a knife-edge again.
- Hopes of settling the bitter firefighters' dispute were on a knife-edge last night after union leaders issued a new deadline for reaching a deal.
- The livelihoods of 6,000 people are on a knife-edge, as they wait to be told if Rover can continue as a going concern.
- Median incomes may be higher than the national average but many of the young families in these areas are on a financial knife-edge as a result of huge mortgages.
- This is going to be the most knife-edge election for a long, long time.
- Meanwhile, flood-threatened parts of North Yorkshire remained on a knife-edge today, waiting for river levels to reach their peaks following record rainfalls.
- House prices look to be on a knife-edge but, whatever happens to the property market, they look set to remain the nation's favourite topic of discussion for a while longer.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.