In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(ice-cream/spoon) lamer(stamp) mojar con saliva(stamp) pasarle la lengua athe dog licked the dish clean — el perro lamió el plato hasta dejarlo limpio
- the cat licked the cream off the cake — el gato le quitó la crema al pastel a lengüetazos
- I licked my finger — me humedecí el dedo con saliva
- He paused, then licked the paw thoughtfully; the shields around the males vanished.
- I edged away as far as I could get, finished my chips, and decided that I'd pass on licking my fingers clean.
- The screen went dark as a monstrous tongue licked the lens, then a hand swiped it several times.
- He licked it off, rather like a cat licking his paw clean.
- He now always licks the lenses clean with his tongue before wiping them on a cloth.
- I smiled as the two puppies licked each other.
- I wondered if they ever got splinters in their tongues from licking the wooden bowls clean.
- The customer licked his plate clean and the dish was thus born.
- She opened one lazy eye to see an orange cat licking his paw in front of her.
- I nervously licked them, a habit of mine when nervous.
- He watched it drizzle down his finger then slowly licked it off.
- He then licked his finger and shook his head with a look of disgust.
- He slowly guided her lips to his and he kissed her, his tongue licking her lips slightly.
- She'd lick the soup plate clean of everything except the peas and carrots, which she left in separate neat piles on either side of the dish.
- I know dogs like to roll around in the dirt, but dogs also don't lick themselves clean.
- I opened my eyes to see big tan puppy was licking me.
- I sucked more of it from my finger, until it was licked, clean.
- Plus, with its slightly sweet taste, pets will lick the floor or other surfaces.
- The sickening sound of a saliva dripping tongue licking dry lips met my ears.
- As well, neatness was taken into consideration and contestants had to lick their plates clean to advance.
2informal(defeat)barrer condarle una paliza a informalquestion three had me licked — no pude con la pregunta número tres
- there were problems, but we've got them licked now — había problemas, pero ya los tenemos resueltos
- If you see him, lick him with a stone or something.
- I hope that the brevity of this war does not convince Americans that we can lick anybody on the block.
- Well, I'm sure with counseling and stuff, you're going to lick this.
- After not beating Leicester for 13 years, Gregory thought he had them licked when his side equalised 15 minutes from time.
- Okay, I know the Aussies have licked us time and time again.
- He said that these same parishioners would eventually turn around and lick him with some big stones.
- So you can take the entire project on a disk and a laptop to your villa in Portugal and edit cost-free till you feel you've licked it.
1to lick at sth — lamer algo
1.1(act)lamida femininelengüetazo masculine
- He grinned back, then gave her a lick on the cheek.
- He gave his dry lips a quick lick with his tongue and took in a breath.
- And he simply can't resist giving my muffin a playful lick as soon as my back is turned.
- The mango flavour was sharp and sweet, but desperately rich; after a few licks my tongue started losing the battle.
- Take three licks / laps and then turn the bowl over on the floor.
- It would only take a few snap of his jaws and a few licks of his fingers for the thing to be done and irreversible.
- Do you know that it takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single scoop of ice cream cone?
- The lion looked away again and gave itself an embarrassed lick.
- I extracted slow licks from a single scoop of vanilla.
- For a second the dog hesitated, then as if compelled by a command, Rocky pounced on Kevin trailing his rough tongue all over his master's face in long slurpy licks.
- A small smile broke out across her face as the bunny gave her finger a quick lick, then snorted at her.
- She nudged him with her nose, and gave him a brief lick of her long tongue before turning and trotting away.
- She was giggling, occasionally giving him a kiss, a lick, a nibble.
- He toyed with receivers in ways that allowed quarterbacks to think he'd been beaten, only to come back, quicker than a snake lick, and steal the pass.
- She reached up and gave him a short lick on the cheek.
- He shuffled closer to her and gave her a soft lick on the cheek.
- Kevin tried to intercede at one point but got his head covered with big wet sloppy tongue licks for his trouble.
- She looked up, gave me a little lick, and all was well in my world.
- He does that puppy-tongue lick of his lower lip that someone should tell him to stop doing.
1.2informal (application, coat)to give sth a lick of paint/varnish — darle una mano de pintura/barniz a algo
- I didn't care a lick about what they were talking about.
- We prefer big hitters who can't field a lick to gold-glove shortstops with their .243 batting averages.
- According to the batting coach who never could hit a lick, you've got three changes - psychological, physical, and mental.
- The day we broke up it was like the whole school suddenly got a fresh lick of paint.
- So maybe the cowboy boots do look kind of spiffy after a few licks of silver, purple, yellow and green.
- He doesn't give a lick about you and he'll never look your way again.
- This is about more than giving the Tories' tarnished image a quick lick of varnish.
- A lick of paint around the windowsills and a neatly manicured lawn might impress a prospective buyer.
- The sequel gives the concept a fresh lick of paint without moving it too far forward.
- All it needs is a lick of paint and a bit of work on the kitchen.
- Then, a couple of years ago, it had a lick of paint and a bit of internal surgery and, lo and behold, it changed name and nationality in one go.
- The whole thing doesn't make a lick of sense, but it doesn't matter.
- I brought it back to London and it came up a treat after a quick lick of creosote.
- What would it cost for a lick of paint, some artificial flowers and some air fresheners?
- Now who do I know who would like to buy a slightly used T-Bird that needed a lick of paint?
- I said to the players after the game that it had come down to a lick of paint.
- I didn't care a lick about any of them.
- He would have been fine in the movie if the script made a lick of sense.
- Your front door might benefit from a lick of paint too.
- It's set in the corner of the stairwell, made of cheap and rather hollow-sounding wood, and could do with a lick of paint.
2informal(speed)she went past at a hell of a lick — pasó a toda mecha informal
US(blows)golpes masculinehe got in some good licks, too — él también asestó sus buenos golpes
- Michael got a few licks in while he could.
- Nearly as important as glass and magnification is a device's ability to take a few licks.
- Now if it is barbaric to flog in school where it really should start, how can licks be of any help to a hard-back criminal?
- Many believed that you should have taken your licks and accepted the situation.
- Look like they took a helluva lick, but they ain't dead.
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