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 todo desordenado
- 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
- 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.
- Great Victoria Street is a mess, but the cluster of buildings around the Europa Hotel is a large chunk of the city centre.
- Residents in Jaywick claim parts of their village are a mess as recycling bags have not been collected for weeks.
- Each time you host a party at home, it's a total mess in the kitchen due to last minute preparations.
- 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.
- We don't make a mess in the kitchen and we're mostly out of the library anyway.
- The room was a mess; it was like a robber had been in the place.
- His room was a complete mess, and it didn't surprise her, but it was still gross all the same.
- He began to clean his hair, which was a mess of dirty tangles.
- Soon, her almost naked body was a mess of food grease and sauces.
- The kitchen is a mess and I walked in, took one look around and walked out.
- Like mess in a kitchen in a shared house - they just appeared, and I don't know where they came from.
- Go to Paddy's shed to avoid making a mess of the kitchen.
- We stocked up on cornflour, hoping it was the same thing, then proceeded to make one hell of a mess all over my kitchen
- Clothes were ripped and torn, and hair was a mess - just like life.
- 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.
- 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.
- It looked a mess, buildings trashed and fires burning all that the townspeople held dear.
- It's probably because just the other day whilst struggling through the mess of the kitchen cupboard I found the bonnet he gave me.
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 informal
- The remaining hounds were staging a ‘static protest’ with their owners, to avoid a mountain of dog mess being produced on the promenade.
- His catalogue of crimes is appalling: assaults on other children, dog mess through letterboxes, vandalism.
- 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.
- 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.
- A quarter of this is spent on cleaning up dog mess.
- 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.’
- Cricklade Town Council issued a warning to dog owners after receiving numerous complaints that pavements and grass verges were littered with dog mess.
- Police say he is responsible for pushing dog mess through letterboxes, smashing windows, damaging cars, pelting people with eggs and assaulting other youngsters.
- I wish I had a mess of cherries off of our largest tree.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- At one point, he must have weighed close to two hundred pounds-eyes milky semi-fluid, coat a mess of folds and fatty tumors.
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘My children walk to school down that lane and there's nothing worse than standing in dog mess,’ he added.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Since attention has been drawn to dog fouling there has been no dog mess in the verge.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A mess of us will convene in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International.
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 — comedor de oficiales masculine
- The trainers were with the trainees almost the full day, beginning with PT in the morning before joining them for breakfast in the mess.
- 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.
- ‘We can opt to eat at the mess or cook our own food at home,’ says Mr. Kamath.
- 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.
- They were often blamed for eating all the sandwiches before the other officers returned to mess at night.
4US informal(large quantity)montón masculinea whole mess of friends — pilas de amigos South America informal
1.1informal (waste time)tontear
1.2British informal euphemistic (excrete)the dog messed on the carpet — el perro ensució la alfombra euphemistic
- If planning permission were granted, then there is the age-old chestnut of any memorial being vandalised or messed upon by pigeons.
- 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!
- A parish councillor has decided enough is enough and is declaring war on dog owners who allow their pets to mess in public places.
- 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.
- Crows, seagulls, collared doves, magpies, and large flocks of starlings - all squawking, hooting and messing on everyone's property.
- Hundreds of England flags stuck to stationary cars fluttered sadly and ignored, like puppies who had been chastised for messing on the carpet.
- In that case, let's use the laws of the land and fine the horse owners every time their horses mess the streets.
- 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.
- Dogs mess in the wrong places and somebody has to clean up.
- 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.’
- 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.
- So Hazel does not like horses messing in the street, fearing a health hazard, but she drives a car.
- 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.
- Can we expect every minor misdemeanour like littering and dog messing to result in a police helicopter hovering over head!
2Militarycomer el rancho
1to mess one's pants — hacerse caca encima informal
- 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.
- Everyone was naked as they were born; they were vomiting and messing themselves at the same time,’ Verna said.
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