In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
2(roof/clock) arreglar(roof/clock) repararthat shelf needs mending — hay que arreglar / reparar ese estante
3(set to rights)she tried to mend matters — trató de arreglar las cosas
- to mend one's ways — dejar las malas costumbres
- you need to mend your manners — tienes que corregir tus modales
1(heal)(injury) curarse(bone/fracture) soldarsethe rift between them had still not mended — sus desavenencias aún no se habían zanjado
2coser Britishzurcirto make do and mend — arreglárselas con lo que uno tiene
1remiendo masculinemasculine zurcidoto be on the mend — ir mejorando
- She put both hands flat on her lap, then reached them up again to mend the damage she'd done to her hair.
- Now, at aged 17 he mends, sells and upgrades computers for people in the store in Trowbridge.
- The faulty shearing machines are repaired, the broken cobbles are mended and the new by-pass built.
- An elderly heart attack victim cannot use his emergency alarm because BT engineers told him it could take up to a week to mend a broken phone line.
- It was not easy to find people to mend your shoes, repair your broken zipper or anything else that might be of minor importance but that is necessary for daily life.
- Chose a clear day to mend a broken fence covered in a climber, as it will be a time-consuming job to untie and untangle the plant.
- Once, he sashayed into a ladies room with her to help mend a broken spaghetti strap.
- When we got in Dad had put on a clean shirt and was mending the broken banister.
- He and Marquis did a lot together, fixing broken pipes, mending the dock, and selling the lighthouse and fishing boat.
- In total £386,000 is needed to mend damage and work will be carried out in two parts.
- If there are any savings, hopefully we will be able to spend it on mending more footpaths.
- His wife, bent over his topcoat, pulled her needle in and out mending the latest damage to its right sleeve.
- The crucially important thing now is that whatever fences were damaged or knocked are mended and rebuilt, and that we get on with the forthcoming challenges with a united front.
- Tom finished mending the broken circuitry, with me guiding him using the circuit map on a screen beside.
- The pre-sea trawler course teaches participants how to mend nets, do repairs, and other basic skills required for work on deep-sea factory-freezer trawlers.
- Detached from our heads, hair can be used to mend garments, to darn holes in stockings.
- The sergeant has come instead for a blacksmith who can promptly mend the broken cuffs so that they can be put to use this afternoon in the hunt for two escaped convicts.
- He also took a gun home from the safe, ostensibly to mend it or repair it or something.
- Eventually my clothes were clean and dried and mended and returned.
- We now start on the work of repair and refurbishment of pots and equipment, boats and engines, making and mending, cleaning and painting, there's no end to it - then the insurance - anyone want a job?
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