In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(in competition)to be in/hold the lead — ir/seguir a la cabeza / en cabeza
- to move into the lead, to take the lead — ponerse a la cabeza / en cabeza
- Acme has taken the lead from Chipco in the car market — Acme ha pasado a ocupar el primer lugar, desplazando a Chipco, en el mercado del automóvil
- she has a lead of 20 meters/points over her nearest rival — le lleva 20 metros/puntos de ventaja a su rival más cercano
- The second half was a thrill a minute, with the lead being exchanged frequently.
- They should have won but became more cautious after they took the lead instead of going all out for a second goal.
- He was in the lead by a 1.5-point margin and nobody seemed capable of spoiling his dream.
- However, we made crucial errors, including one with four minutes to go when we were still in the lead!
- In a poor first half, the visitors did just enough to merit taking the lead.
- After a goalless first half the home side took the lead just after the break.
- The Milan fans were really quiet until they took the lead, then it was as if someone just turned the volume up.
- He was, however, mildly critical of them for dropping back and not seizing the initiative after taking the lead.
- The following week, she took the lead in the overall World Cup.
- Brazil, meanwhile, looked poor on the whole but created five great chances and are unlucky not to be in the lead.
- You couldn't categorically say that Mexico deserve to be in the lead, but on the other hand they haven't done much wrong either.
- They were deservedly in the lead for three quarters of the game but were pipped on the post by a penalty five minutes from the end.
- They only had to wait five minutes to regain the lead with a try of real quality.
- In fact they held the lead until midway through the second half when the festivities took their toll.
- We've gone in third and come out in the lead several times lately, and that is a real morale booster for the team.
- We took the lead through a penalty and the lad who gave the penalty away was lucky not to have been sent off.
- I took the lead on lap 41 when I passed him on the inside at the hairpin, and went on to win.
- However, the game was turned on its head in the space of two minutes with Villa taking the lead.
- He missed a series of chances, before and after United took the lead.
- He is tough to catch when he has the lead in the final round.
- The United Nations is responsible for enforcing its resolutions and should take the lead.
- He said there was no intention to follow the lead of some other professional firms by quitting Bradford in favour of Leeds.
- But I think it is parents who really need to be taking the lead on good diet by helping their children to form healthy eating habits.
- Here is a case where the military can afford to follow the lead of industry in many areas and adapt what is available.
- There is always the temptation to follow the lead of your friends, neighbors, or idols.
- Well done to Wandsworth Council for taking the lead in this initiative.
- She said the Government's proposals had too many exemptions to be effective and it would be good for the city to be taking its own lead on the issue.
- Thank you for taking the lead and showing us that one person can make a difference.
- Most heavy drinking and even drug taking is experimental or done to follow the lead of friends, and may only be tried a few times.
- Let us follow the lead of pesticide-free cities and make a safe and beautiful home for us all to live in.
- Rich countries should follow the lead of poor countries and adopt a more systematic way of controlling the cost of drugs
- She is not one to follow the lead of others and will say things regardless of the impact it will have on her political career.
- I am calling on every member of this party to follow the lead I have given.
- But why should the UK follow the lead of these progressive European countries and US states?
- I am going to follow the lead of a number of other bloggers and take a break now (another one, I know).
- The school will also follow the lead of 30 other schools in the borough and operate a daily breakfast bar.
- They are nowhere to be seen in precisely the very forum where they should be taking the lead.
- Sasha impressed the judges by taking the lead and looking after some of the younger children attending the event.
- Each Area conducted their own ballot, and it was expected that the others would follow the lead set by the Yorkshire Area.
- They have been praised for taking up the issue and it is hoped other schools will follow their lead.
- We are following up on certain leads and hope this information will lead us to a breakthrough.
- After a dead body turns up in a camper, the two police forces come into competition for clues, leads, and solutions to the vicious crime.
- In fact it was Don who gave Bob the lead on a rental house in early September.
- Officers are looking for new leads and clues as they hunt the sex fiend who assaulted a 17-year-old girl at knifepoint on February 25.
- But detectives said most of these leads had been followed up without any sign of a breakthrough in the case.
- Detectives searching for a missing Hull woman are following new leads which suggest she may have headed off to see her boyfriend after all.
- At the time of Gene's call, I had already been preparing to check out a lead on an ivory-bill sighting in Louisiana.
- A congressional report into the attacks published a year ago found evidence that leads were overlooked.
- Our possible lead on a new home turned out to be a dead-end.
- Some days yield nothing by way of new information and fresh leads, while others open avenues hitherto blocked.
- They can bring in other officers when they need to and they have been chasing all kinds of leads.
- He said the police, who have carried out house-to-house inquiries and put up posters about the shooting around the town, are following up leads into the attack but want more information.
- Following a vague lead on a job, Raphael finds himself in a basement sitting across from a man in a wheelchair.
- Already appeals for information have brought a response and possible leads are being followed up very closely.
- Harry and the Contessa are called away to Venice, where an old friend has a new lead on an insurance scam.
- Crimestoppers rewards of up to £5,000 are being offered to anyone who supplies a new lead.
- She said there have been no leads or clues to their whereabouts.
- They can coordinate actions, track down leads, and research other law enforcement tools.
- Any leads or information would be greatly appreciated and can be reported to campus police at ext.4911.
- Many new leads and interesting facts have been discovered about the past through this new medium.
- With no immediate strong leads and few clues on the home front, Detective Inspector John Capstick of Scotland Yard initially believed a London gang was responsible for the robbery.
- Thereafter, the lead alternates between the two players, irrespective of who wins the tricks.
- The player on the dealer's right has the first lead, and the winner of the trick leads to the next trick.
- Pull as much trump as you can without giving away the lead before you go off into another suit.
- If it was not the last trick, the lead for the next trick passes to the left.
- The queen may take a trick with more points later or win the lead at a crucial moment.
- Then I rubbed my lips, my beard, and my hands with pencil lead, and went to bed.
- The transfer was made by first rubbing the back of their sketch with pencil lead.
- The sliding motion of those sheets over each other gives pencil lead its properties.
- The church was restored by the late Godfrey Allen, who renewed the leads of the roof.
- The ladder was over-short, and it required an effort to heave oneself from it through the casement on to the leads.
2(example, leadership)ejemplo masculineto give a lead — dar (el) ejemplo
- to follow / take sb's lead — seguir el ejemplo de algn
- you should take their lead and resign — debería seguir su ejemplo y dimitir
- if you don't know what to do, just follow my lead — si no sabe qué hacer, haga lo mismo que yo
- they took the lead in expelling foreign companies — tomaron la iniciativa en expulsar a las compañías extranjeras
3(clue)pista feminineto investigate/follow up a lead — investigar/seguir una pista
4.1(British) (for dog)correa femininetraílla feminineput the dog on its lead — ponle la correa / la traílla al perro
- dogs must be kept on a lead at all times — prohibido dejar a los perros sueltos
- She was the inspiration for a collection of dog leads and collars I designed for a charity dog show at Harrods.
- I would like to warn people about those dog leads that stretch in order that their animals can have a wander.
- Her comments have been backed by Bolton council chiefs, who are now advising people to keep their animals on leads.
- The prisoners were lifted to their feet, had their ankle bindings cut and ropes tied loosely round their necks like animal leads.
- The Jack Russell ran around the children, and the lead wrapped round the neck of one of them.
- They managed to loop a lead round its neck but it continued attacking her.
- Or if the animal is on a lead, the owner stands apart as far as he can, looking away, thus making an attempt to disown it.
- One of the suspects let the animal off its lead and it ran after the victim.
- His first was Tara, whom he would take out on a lead around Belgravia after dark.
- You just wouldn't credit how difficult it is to take two little dogs out on leads.
- The dogs are starting to get a little impatient, but I'm glad to say they are not allowed off their leads until the first fox has been sighted.
- Carry out a safety check: tidy trailing electrical leads, plug electricity points for young children and make sure your smoke detectors work.
- I saw a telephone sure enough, but smashed to pieces, the bare wire of its leads stretched across the room.
- There was a large metal case, with various wires, leads, and tubes connected.
- If I switch on my desktop and plug the monitor lead into the back of my laptop, will my laptop act as a monitor for the desktop or will it blow it up?
- I checked the electrical leads, replaced a bolt someone had left out of the starter and tried to turn her over.
- We'd better check the mains lead is plugged in properly at the back of your computer.
- He starts dragging out wires and leads, trying to fix the patching.
- It connects using an internal network card and a lead running to the router.
- We had to park the car right up against the bedroom window because the lead from the TV was too short to facilitate viewing anywhere else.
- But this was long before digital technology, and the device was really little more than a box of tricks with a vast number of leads and connections sprouting from a junction box in the corner of the room.
- For the basic installation, the plus and minus 12-volt power leads are the only two other wires that need to be connected.
- He saw a flex lead, grabbed it and tried to tie her to her chair.
- On several of the satellites, we wound up having to re-attach the wire leads in order to make good contact.
- Police arrived at Osbaldwick Primary School in the early hours of yesterday morning to find a carpet of broken glass, and computer leads hanging out of the window.
5.1(main role)papel principal masculinethe male/female lead — el papel principal masculino/femenino
- to play the lead — ser el/la protagonista
- He has put off a gap-year trip to New Zealand to play one of the five lead roles in the drama.
- So who do you think will take the lead role when Hollywood snaps up the movie rights?
- Most of all, she was fortunate in finding the right young actress for the lead role.
- Another choice the director made was to cast non-professional actors in the leads.
- In the 1950s, the actor Montgomery Clift turned down the lead parts in four films.
- He saw her on TV and gave her the lead in his film.
- In fact, she's desperate to get maximum exposure and sets her sights on the lead role in the school play.
- He is one of the most daring characters to appear as the lead in a major film in years.
- It has two fine actors in the leads, and some decent actors supporting.
- If the film had been more serious or darker, and a better actress played the lead, I might have liked it much more.
- She then goes for her first audition against opposition from 190 other girls and wins a lead in a Bollywood film.
- I'd like to play the lead in a feature film.
- Considering this is her first lead role in a feature film, she is very impressive.
- The film might not have been so memorable with a more conventional actress in the lead.
- Unless it's an outright silent film, you are never going to see a film in which the lead characters have less dialogue than this one.
- So here she gets a big studio to give her a lead role where she plays a strong, self-reliant woman.
- As an aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, I would definitely use you in a lead role.
- A cast of four professional actors are to take the lead roles in the drama and are looking for people to fill out the cast.
- The show changes casts frequently, with a new female celebrity taking the lead in every new city.
- The script was gritty and the role of the lead character interested Kirk Douglas greatly.
5.2Musicsolista(guitar/singer) masculine principalto sing/play (the) lead — ser la voz/el músico solista
- The group repeats a chorus or claps while a lead singer or drummer sets the pace.
- The performance as a whole and the lead dancers were very warmly received.
- Four hours before the band was supposed to perform, the lead singer and guitarist was still in New York.
- The following week she flew to Las Vegas to begin rehearsals for her first eight-week stint as the lead soloist.
- He wanted his lead performers to have a great vocal presence.
- Jeremy would sometimes get a solo in such cases, sharing them with Greg, the lead guitarist.
- The key to this production is the two lead performers.
- As I said before, the drums and bass were often the lead instruments of the band.
- As a young musician he became the lead singer in a rock band.
- Contemporary music is played by an orchestra that mainly uses European instruments with a lead singer and chorus.
- Each track is very well constructed, with the percussion and synthetic sounds serving as lead instruments.
- All I have to do when writing a vocal track is bear in mind that the lead instrument will be the voice.
- These three make up the band's trio of lead vocalists and songwriters.
- Eric was the lead singer and the main focal point of the band.
- She couldn't help but smile at the group of fifteen year old girls gushing about how cute the lead dancer was.
- Susan joined BBC West's news team, based in Bristol, as a lead presenter in 1991.
- When bands break up, everyone from the lead singer to the rhythm guitarist releases a solo album.
- The drums are not just used as a way of keeping time with the song, but actually as a lead instrument.
- Steve plays all the other instruments and provides lead vocals too.
- He is widely known as the composer of concertos, a form of music with a small orchestra and solo lead instrument.
6.1lead story — artículo principal
- Again, all the prime minister had to do was call for calm and he was part of the lead news story.
- Both local newspapers published lead editorials calling for the privatization of the system.
- The Indian Express, which was slipped beneath my hotel door, had the monsoon's arrival as its lead story.
- To them, the lead story is the one with the biggest and boldest headline, whether it is to the right or the left.
- The lead story in the paper concerned a shipment of silver bullion, which had disappeared four months earlier.
- When a story like this is promoted to the lead item on national news bulletins, you know that all perspective has gone out of the window.
- The following morning, newspapers across Canada made the story their front-page lead.
- Readers can see the lead stories each day for free but virtually everything else requires a subscription.
- There's no subtle coincidence at work in the two lead stories in Time magazine this week.
- Our lead story in this week's edition of online is an examination of the criminal gangs who commit much of the world's cyber crime.
- Formula one made the lead story on the front page of the Financial Times last week, for example, and for the wrong sort of reason.
- The fight was still the lead item on the local news last night.
- Can I say how refreshing it was to read your lead story on Dyslexia this week.
- It still grates that the Key/Collins thing is the lead on the TV news when MSM ignore the whole bigger picture that most of us seem to have successfully grasped
- Highlights include our lead story on how tactical voting using the internet could prove crucial in the upcoming general election.
- Write your message as if it were the lead story on tonight's 6 o'clock television newscast.
- The New Yorker magazine devoted its lead comment piece to a fervently argued case against war.
- Her article is the lead in "The New York Times" today.
- Tomorrow's New York Times is a carrying a lead story on the sizzling Indian economy.
- Rivalry between the Advertiser and the Register was fierce, and the two went to great lengths in competition for lead stories.
6.2(US) (opening paragraph)introducción feminine(paragraph) feminine inicial
de un artículo de prensa
7(cards)it was her lead — ella era mano
- her lead was the three of hearts — salió con el tres de corazones
1(guide, conduct)(person/animal) llevar(animal/person) guiarhe led her across the field — la guió / condujo a través del campo
- he led his troops into battle — inició el ataque al frente de sus tropas
- he led her onto the dance floor — la llevó hasta la pista
- to lead sb to sth/sb — conducir / llevar a algn a algo/ ante algn
- she led the party to victory — condujo el partido a la victoria
- the path led them to a clearing — el sendero los condujo / los llevó a un claro
- they were led to safety by firemen — los bomberos los pusieron a salvo
- lead us to your master! — ¡condúcenos ante tu amo!
- to lead sb aside/to one side — llevar a algn aparte/a un lado
- to lead sb away/off — llevarse a algn
- he was led away by police — se lo llevó la policía
- lead the way! — ¡ve tú adelante!
2(to a particular state, course of action)to lead sb into temptation — hacer caer a algn en la tentación
- to lead sb to sth/+ inf
- this led me to the conclusion that … — esto me hizo llegar a la conclusión de que …
- you led me to this! — ¡tú me metiste en esto!
- whatever led you to resign? — ¿qué te llevó a dimitir?
- I was led to believe that … — me dieron a entender que …
3(influence, induce)(witness) insinuarle la respuesta ahe's easily led — se deja llevar fácilmente
4(head, have charge of)(discussion) conducirdirigir USser el primer violín de Britishthe expedition was led by a famous anthropologist — la expedición iba al mando de un famoso antropólogo
- she leads a star-studded cast — encabeza un elenco estelar
- he led the congregation in prayer — oró junto a los fieles
- the chairman led the applause — el presidente inició los aplausos
5(be at front of)(attack/parade) encabezar(attack/parade) ir al frente dehis mother led the mourners — su madre encabezaba el cortejo fúnebre
6(in race, competition)(opponent) aventajarthey led the opposing team by ten points — aventajaban al equipo contrario por diez puntos
- to lead the field — llevar la delantera
- she led the rest of the class by a long way — iba muy por delante del resto de la clase
- they lead the world in this kind of technology — son los líderes mundiales en este tipo de tecnología
7(life) llevarto lead a quiet/very active life — llevar / tener una vida tranquila/muy activa
- to lead a normal life — llevar / hacer una vida normal
8(play)(hearts/trumps) salir con
1(door) dar a algoto lead to sth — llevar / conducir / dar a algo
- the alley led to a little courtyard — el callejón llevaba / conducía a un pequeño patio
- this discussion isn't leading anywhere — esta discusión no conduce a nada
- six streets lead off the square — de la plaza salen seis calles
2(be, act as leader)you lead, we'll follow — ve adelante, que te seguimos
- the man leads in ballroom dancing — en los bailes de salón es el hombre quien lleva a su pareja
3(in race, competition)(competitor) ir a la cabeza(competitor) puntear Latin Americathey are leading by three goals — van ganando por tres goles
- the Republicans are leading in the polls — los republicanos van a la cabeza en / encabezan las encuestas
4Journalism'The Times' leads with the budget deficit — 'The Times' dedica su artículo de fondo al déficit presupuestario
5(in cards, in bridge)salirser manoto lead with three aces — salir con tres ases
- North to lead — el norte es mano
6(in boxing)atacarhe led with his right — atacó con la derecha
1(metal)plomo masculinedon't move or I'll fill you full of lead! — ¡quieto o te acribillo a balazos / te lleno el cuerpo de plomo!
- as heavy as lead
- my feet felt as heavy as lead — los pies me pesaban como (un) plomo
- to get the lead out (of one's pants) — ponerse a trabajar duro
- lead paint — pintura con plomo
- lead soldier — soldadito de plomo
2.1Nauticalsonda feminineescandallo masculineto swing the lead — poner excusas para no trabajar
- Deep soundings above 6 fathoms (11 m) were impracticable so the practice then was to sound the depth using a line and lead.
- You'll feel weed fall against the line and the lead get picked up by the swell.
- A man leaped into the chains, and lowering down the lead sounded in seven fathoms.
- Some guy had probably come out in a rowing boat and dropped a lead line a few times on top of pinnacles like the one we had ascended, and marked the area as being flat.
2.2(for fishing)plomo masculine
3(in pencil)mina feminineto put lead in sb's pencil — ser un afrodisíaco
4(in window, for roof)emplomado masculine
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