In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(lower)(rope/bucket) bajarto let sb down gently — suavizarle el golpe a algn
- she'd fallen in love with someone else, but she did her best to let him down gently — se había enamorado de otro, pero hizo lo posible por suavizarle el golpe / por no herirlo demasiado
1.4(disappoint)fallardefraudarI'm counting on you to give the talk: you're not going to let me down, are you? — cuento con que tú vas a dar la charla: no me vas a fallar ¿no?
- you're letting your parents down by giving up your studies — si dejas los estudios vas a decepcionar / defraudar a tus padres
- the refugees feel they've been let down by the international community — los refugiados sienten que la comunidad internacional les ha vuelto la espalda
- George let us all down by getting drunk — George se emborrachó y nos hizo quedar mal a todos
- he always lets the side down — siempre nos (or los etc.) hace quedar mal
- her spelling lets her down — su ortografía no le hace justicia a su trabajo
2US informal(slow up)aflojar informalaminorar la marcha
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