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(untidiness, disorder)desorden masculinerevoltijo masculinewhat a mess! — ¡qué desorden!
- tidy up this mess! — ¡arregla este desorden!
- the bedroom was (in) a mess — el dormitorio estaba patas para arriba
- my hair is a mess — tengo el pelo hecho un desastre
- the pair of them look a mess — los dos van muy desarreglados / desastrados
- her toys were in a mess all over the floor — tenía todos los juguetes desparramados por el suelo
- he's a good cook, but he makes such a mess in/of the kitchen — cocina bien, pero deja la cocina hecha un desastre / un asco
- you can play here, but don't make any mess — puedes jugar aquí, pero no desordenes nada
- The kitchen is a mess and I walked in, took one look around and walked out.
- He began to clean his hair, which was a mess of dirty tangles.
- We don't make a mess in the kitchen and we're mostly out of the library anyway.
- Each time you host a party at home, it's a total mess in the kitchen due to last minute preparations.
- His room was a complete mess, and it didn't surprise her, but it was still gross all the same.
- The room was in a mess, and there was already a thin layer of dust on the floor as if no one had cleaned it for several days.
- Soon, her almost naked body was a mess of food grease and sauces.
- Clothes were ripped and torn, and hair was a mess - just like life.
- Residents in Jaywick claim parts of their village are a mess as recycling bags have not been collected for weeks.
- A man is sitting in an armchair, papers in an untidy mess strewn all around and a lap-top sits on a coffee table in front of him, blinking in anticipation of future commands.
- Go to Paddy's shed to avoid making a mess of the kitchen.
- On the other hand, if you are the sort who makes a major mess of the kitchen whenever you cook anything or even when you make a cup of tea, then skip the breakfast in bed part.
- The room was a mess; it was like a robber had been in the place.
- The art of being a successful lazy blighter is to be organised, so the mess which is my reel collection box is only a mess to other people.
- I don't want to talk to anyone, see anyone, do anything, My hair is a mess.
- We stocked up on cornflour, hoping it was the same thing, then proceeded to make one hell of a mess all over my kitchen
- It's probably because just the other day whilst struggling through the mess of the kitchen cupboard I found the bonnet he gave me.
- It looked a mess, buildings trashed and fires burning all that the townspeople held dear.
- Like mess in a kitchen in a shared house - they just appeared, and I don't know where they came from.
- Great Victoria Street is a mess, but the cluster of buildings around the Europa Hotel is a large chunk of the city centre.
1.2(dirt, soiling)to make a mess (of sth) — ensuciar algo
- you've made a mess of your new shirt — te has ensuciado la camisa nueva
1.3British informal euphemistic (excrement)caca feminine informaldog's/cat's mess — caca de perro/gato feminine informal
- ‘My children walk to school down that lane and there's nothing worse than standing in dog mess,’ he added.
- A new poster campaign, warning that leaving litter and dog mess on the street is an offence, has also gone on display at key poster sites and on the city's Supertram.
- The remaining hounds were staging a ‘static protest’ with their owners, to avoid a mountain of dog mess being produced on the promenade.
- Bosses at the council are warning that a number of blitzes have already been carried out around the borough, and owners caught not clearing up their dog mess will be prosecuted.
- Police say he is responsible for pushing dog mess through letterboxes, smashing windows, damaging cars, pelting people with eggs and assaulting other youngsters.
- Since attention has been drawn to dog fouling there has been no dog mess in the verge.
- She highlighted two hazards that could easily be removed without the help of any local authorities or without spending any money: dog mess left in the streets and cars parked on the pavements.
- According to a couple who spoke to Coun Kaye about dog mess, he told them as he left: ‘You can't educate the working class.’
- Like me, most bereaved people would regard a shrine in a roadside verge, often festooned with litter and dog mess and shrouded in vehicle fumes, as anything but a fitting memorial.
- His catalogue of crimes is appalling: assaults on other children, dog mess through letterboxes, vandalism.
- If I was to be caught not cleaning up after my dogs, I would be obliged to pay a fine, yet the bins provided for disposing of dog mess are constantly overflowing causing a disgusting stench.
- Although there are some truly enjoyable moments, The Last Kiss is generally a mess of stories and lacks the heart that makes a romantic movie so memorable.
- I've eaten at Kam Han several times recently, both at lunch and dinner, as well as having ordered a mess of takeout, and the food has generally been very good.
- Cricklade Town Council issued a warning to dog owners after receiving numerous complaints that pavements and grass verges were littered with dog mess.
- At one point, he must have weighed close to two hundred pounds-eyes milky semi-fluid, coat a mess of folds and fatty tumors.
- He writes regularly to the council on environmental issues and has now turned lobbyist on the issue that most annoys him - dog mess along Rochdale Canal.
- A quarter of this is spent on cleaning up dog mess.
- The eggs in dog mess are not infectious for at least two weeks and there is no risk for the owners who clear up straight away.
- So far she has collected bin bags full of rubbish, including engine oil and rat poison containers, bags of used disposable nappies and dog mess.
- The town council asked for the dog warden to spend more time in the town after it received numerous complaints from residents that dog mess was spoiling the environment.
- I wish I had a mess of cherries off of our largest tree.
- A mess of us will convene in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.
- Frustrated Kirkby Stephen town councillors have again appealed to the public to help curb the growing problem of littering and dog mess in the area.
- One said that the problem of dog mess had been overshadowed by abandoned condoms, empty alcohol containers and remnants of glue sniffing, which had been left of the recreation field.
- One parent was particularly upset after her four-year-old daughter stepped in dog mess on the way to school and then rode her bike over some the next day.
2(confused, troubled state)she's in such a mess, she has huge debts — está metida en un verdadero lío, tiene deudas enormes
- their marriage was (in) a mess — su matrimonio andaba muy mal
- the country is (in) a complete mess — la situación del país es caótica
- my life's a mess — mi vida es un desastre
- to get into a mess — meterse en un lío
- to get sb out of a mess — sacar a algn de un lío / de un apuro
- to make a mess of sth/-ing
- you made a real mess of this job — hiciste muy mal este trabajo
- she made a real mess of her life — se arruinó la vida
- he made a mess of fixing the car — arregló muy mal el coche
3Militaryofficers' mess — casino de oficiales masculine Southern Cone
- All the troops deny fixing anything overtly military and praise the excellent and pre-killed food the mess serves.
- The building will also house a mess room, locker rooms, kitchen, offices and an education suite complete with computer and reference books.
- They were often blamed for eating all the sandwiches before the other officers returned to mess at night.
- You can assign me to clean the latrine or peel potatoes in the army mess, and I will be deriving a science out of it.
- ‘We can opt to eat at the mess or cook our own food at home,’ says Mr. Kamath.
- The trainers were with the trainees almost the full day, beginning with PT in the morning before joining them for breakfast in the mess.
4US informal(large quantity)montón masculinea whole mess of friends — un montón / la tira de amigos informal
1.1informal (waste time)tontear
1.2British informal euphemistic (excrete)the dog messed on the carpet — el perro ensució la alfombra euphemistic
- The older guys used to say, as a compliment, that Frankie was so good, if a fly messed on the music score he could read and play that too.
- Hundreds of England flags stuck to stationary cars fluttered sadly and ignored, like puppies who had been chastised for messing on the carpet.
- Crows, seagulls, collared doves, magpies, and large flocks of starlings - all squawking, hooting and messing on everyone's property.
- So Hazel does not like horses messing in the street, fearing a health hazard, but she drives a car.
- Can we expect every minor misdemeanour like littering and dog messing to result in a police helicopter hovering over head!
- I have written to your letters page before trying to shame a lady dog walker who persistently allowed her dog to mess outside my house.
- A parish councillor has decided enough is enough and is declaring war on dog owners who allow their pets to mess in public places.
- If planning permission were granted, then there is the age-old chestnut of any memorial being vandalised or messed upon by pigeons.
- A member of Craven's dog control panel, Coun Polly English said: ‘If anyone sees a dog messing and they know the owner let me know and I will pass it on.’
- She mocks anyone who considers cats to be a nuisance, and thinks it is acceptable for cats to mess in other people's private gardens.
- On one occasion we even offered a plastic bag to the owner of a Labrador whose dog had messed in the field, and all we got was a lot of abusive language!
- In that case, let's use the laws of the land and fine the horse owners every time their horses mess the streets.
- The very fact the woman had to run the gauntlet of traffic and pigeons messing on her is proof alone she is not experiencing a level playing field.
- Dogs mess in the wrong places and somebody has to clean up.
2Militarycomer el rancho
1to mess one's pants — hacerse encima euphemistic informal
- Everyone was naked as they were born; they were vomiting and messing themselves at the same time,’ Verna said.
- In fact, I am so frightened, I fear I might just mess my pants!
- Is it a strategy to not mess one's own pants?
- When he sees a muzzle-flash in his vision, he messes his pants before he falls dead or wounded.
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