In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(scanty, bare)(resources/salary/portion) escaso(resources/salary/portion) exiguo(existence) precario
- He had laid off some heavy bets recently and his meagre earnings as a postman would not cover them.
- While they wait for the train, the prisoners eat their meager ration of bread.
- Long waiting lists, a meagre state health budget and inadequate hospital services prompted the three men to raise cash and build their own hospital on the southside of Dublin.
- In a household where one of the parents was a newly graduated professor of linguistics and the other an artist, income was usually rather meagre and spasmodic in nature.
- Although she was managing to get by on the meagre salary she drew tutoring primary-school children after school, it most likely wouldn't last.
- Its meager light provided the group its only means of illumination.
- Shadows offered only meagre protection, but it was protection I was thankful for as I listened to her footsteps come down the hall toward me, the steps slow and measured.
- A staggering 71% of workers in the industry don't even have access to a pension at work and many will be reliant on a meagre state pension to provide their retirement income.
- Colin Farrell, the latest Irish actor to make it in Hollywood, might command millions for a movie, but other Irish actors are struggling on meagre wages in theatre and television at home.
- He began to drink heavily, left London in 1914, and spent the rest of his life roaming around Ireland, living off meagre earnings from hastily scribbled articles and stories.
- The institutions' motivation is obvious: they are thinking about what you'll be earning in ten years time, rather than the meagre sums many students earn now.
- I was being jerked around in my seat like a rag doll and in fear I reached for the dash to provide some form of meagre support.
- The big winner (or big loser, depending on your perspective) wins $50,000, a suitably meagre sum for a Canadian game show.
- Earnings on this level fall to a meagre three cents a share.
- Shadowy clouds completely obscured the moon, leaving a meager handful of stars to vainly attempt to provide light.
- And from what I've seen, you're pretty content with your meagre wardrobe.
- All the same he would queue up with the other drones for hours to receive his meagre earnings.
- The profligate US government, it was said, could not finance its deficits from the meager savings of its people, thereby necessitating borrowing from abroad.
- Its greatest weakness is its meager budget and limited scope.
- Through the solid floor of the abode, the chill of winter seeped in, fettered little by the meagre warmth provided by the fire.
2literary(thin, feeble)magro literary
- She had a slim and meager body, her neck was long, and her cheekbones were easily distinguished.
- She seemed so meagre and weak, like her body had lost that glow.
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