In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(of object, place)masculine centromasculine mediofeminine mitadit stood in the middle of the room — estaba en el centro / en (el) medio / en la mitad de la habitación
- they were playing in the middle of the road — estaban jugando en (el) medio / en la mitad de la calle
- much of the play was confined to the middle of the field — el partido se concentró en el centro del campo
- the industries are concentrated in the middle of the country — las industrias se concentran en el centro del país
- in the middle of nowhere — quién sabe dónde
- we cut the cake down the middle — partimos el pastel por la mitad
- to split sth down the middle — dividir algo por la mitad
- the party is split down the middle over this issue — el partido está dividido en dos sectores de opinión sobre este problema
2(of period, activity)in the middle of the week/month/year/century — a mediados de semana/mes/año/siglo
- it's the middle of winter — estamos en pleno invierno
- in the middle of the day the temperature can reach … — alrededor del medio día la temperatura suele alcanzar …
- in the middle of the night/concert — en la mitad de la noche/del concierto
- to be in the middle of sth/ -ing
- I'm in the middle of cooking dinner — estoy preparando la cena
- I'm in the middle of a really exciting novel at the moment — en este momento estoy leyendo una novela muy interesante
- we were right in the middle of eating when the doorbell rang — sonó el timbre justo cuando estábamos comiendo
- to knock sb into the middle of next week — romperle el alma / la crisma a algn
3(waist)cintura femininethe water came up to his middle — el agua le llegaba a la cintura
1the middle house of the three — de las tres, la casa de en medio / del medio
- middle finger — dedo corazón
- she was the middle child — ella era la (hija) de en medio / del medio
- we had reached the middle point of our journey — habíamos llegado a la mitad de nuestro recorrido
- in his middle years — en su madurez
- A low table with cushions on either side occupied the middle of the room.
- He loses interest in the drawers and continues to walk in a crouch position toward the middle of the desk and the chair.
- About six years ago, I changed the part in my hair from the middle to the side.
- The two large pipe corrals were situated side by side in the middle.
- If two people are erecting the structure, each takes a side of the tipi cover and pulls it around the poles until the sides meet in the middle on the far side.
- From there, start digging from the middle out or the edge in.
- This effectively levitated the stone to a floating position in the middle.
- Use a roller to make sure it adheres well - roll from the middle out to the edges.
- Eva sat a chair away from either, in the middle on the side of the table.
- Rogers learns quickly and can play the strong side and the middle.
- Well here I have a single bed, so, my favourite side is the middle.
- You don't want to pick it up on the left or the right side but in the middle.
- It was a little shorter than knee length on the sides, and in the front, it got longer in a diagonal line, and the two sides overlapped in the middle.
- His furnace was placed at the middle of a side wall, where waste heat could be sucked up a chimney to prevent the workshop from becoming too hot in summer.
- If the action is in the middle, both sides are cropped.
- In the middle of the two sides of this are large domes built on pillars of the same height as those of the outer arcade and an upper gallery runs all round it.
- Later, on a much larger timescale, they gradually start to explore the positions toward the middle of the DNA segment.
- Twisting lace vines snaked up the middle on both sides of the pearl buttons.
- Her blue slacks were creased neatly down the sides in the exact middle of the gold stripe that told everyone she was from Central.
- Drain the blister with a sterile needle by piercing the edge, not the middle.
- One was slightly large round the middle, the other wearing a very short skirt and denim jacket.
- She was shorter than I was by a good ten inches, round about the middle, but with the firm energy that my father used to possess.
- She yelled, grabbing me around the waist and bucking me in the middle.
- He was tall and broad-chested, if a bit round at the middle, and dressed much better than these other two.
- Their Italian shoes are unscuffed and their ties are always straight and they never go bald or get paunchy around the middle.
- A middle-aged man with a round middle came running out of the supposed home office.
- He was a little big round the middle, and his beard had little grey speckles in it.
- But the other two, the one with the round middle and the one with sleek black hair, she had known all her life.
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