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(pester)fastidiardon't nag me: I'll do it in a minute — deja de darme la lata, enseguida lo hago informal
- to nag sb to + inf — darle la lata a algn para que + subj
- she nagged him into painting the kitchen — no paró hasta conseguir que pintara la cocina
- He keeps telling me I need to exercise and he nags me about it constantly, also commenting on what I should eat and ways to fight nausea.
- She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement.
- Wallace nagged his father, an accountant, to take him to a meeting during the by-election.
- Jim forsakes family for work, and Sarah nags him about it.
- We extend a welcome to all you women who constantly nag your husbands to complete those unfinished jobs, now is your chance to learn the skills yourself.
- I'm a formerly skinny guy who has put on quite a bit of weight after my girlfriend nagged me constantly to do so.
- My parents know what I do, and whilst not thrilled, are resigned enough not to nag me and trust that this is a temporary situation.
- She was a better influence on him and had nagged and nagged him to get a job.
- But I certainly wouldn't want to be using my time to nag people about smoking and exercising.
- ‘As much as they might have nagged you when you were younger, you know they meant well,’ Jim says.
- I used to nag her but she refused to live under a siege mentality.
- Asked if it was right to say she had nagged her husband in their marriage, she replied: ‘Yes, it is perfectly true.’
- I'm adjusting my diet but it may be time to go nag the doctor for a change of medication.
- Her mother is constantly nagging her about what she is going to do with her life.
- Liam had always been the annoying kid next door who my mother constantly nagged me to be nice to.
- I knew my life would be hell because she would nag me all the way through.
- All I can do is offer tea and sympathy and resist the urge to nag him to go see a dentist.
- So I nag them, they nag me, and it's a collaborative effort.
- I had to nag him a bit, but he did go to get it checked because he doesn't usually have a cough, so this was something different.
- Every day, we would nag my big sister Nadia to find out when our mother was going to come and fetch us.
1.2(criticize)he's always nagging her for being untidy — siempre le está encima con que es desordenada
2(preoccupy)he was nagged by doubts — lo acosaban las dudas
- her conscience nagged her — le remordía la conciencia
1(pester)fastidiardarle la lata a algn informalthey nag and nag until they get what they want — no paran de fastidiar hasta que consiguen lo que quieren
- to nag at sb — estarle encima a algn
2(criticize, scold)rezongarto nag at sb — estarle encima a algn
3(worry/doubt) persistente(doubt/worry) acuciante
4(wife/husband) rezongón informal
1(scolder)rezongón masculine informalrezongona feminine informalgruñón masculinegruñona feminine
1informal, derogatory(horse)jamelgo masculine informal derogatorycuaco masculine Mexico informal derogatory
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