In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(rope)cuerda de salvamento femininethe bank threw them a lifeline — el banco les tendió una mano
- it was their lifeline to civilization — era su único medio de contacto con la civilización
- Rescue teams continued to drill toward six trapped miners Thursday evening and were hopeful of reaching the men with lifelines, mine officials said.
- After nearly half an hour they were spotted by the crew of a passing boat, and a lifeline was thrown to Rachel who was pulled aboard.
- Al snatched at a fleeting memory like a drowning sailor grabbing a lifeline.
- And then, miraculously, I felt my lifeline pulling me to the surface.
- In an attempt to rescue the truck's occupants, several people waded out to a high point of land and improvised a lifeline from barbed wire cut from a nearby fence and a spare tire as a buoy.
- At least two people had to be rescued using a lifeline and life jackets as they were pulled through the fast flowing water.
- Most of the damage has now been repaired, but the boat was still without lifelines so caution was required when moving around lest we ended up going for a premature swim!
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