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(not wide)(opening/path/hips) estrecho(hips/path/opening) angosto Latin Americato get / become narrower — estrecharse
- The roads are very narrow, and the drivers are very aggressive.
- Shin length pants, narrow or flared at the bottom.
- Bob squeezed his muscular shoulders into the narrow confines of the top turret.
- The driver nodded once and pressed a narrow strip of metal to the floor.
- The mass of soldiers squirmed through the all too narrow alleyway as they escaped from the ambush.
- Their main complaint is the fact that the actual roadway is too narrow to accommodate the traffic using it.
- Legroom is abundant for the front and middle seats although the latter are a bit narrow.
- The notch is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.
- Fabric is woven in relatively narrow widths and long lengths, cut and assembled side-to-side for garments, blankets and other textile uses.
- The road was very narrow where we stood and we were incredibly close to the athletes.
- A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge.
- I was on a good but rather narrow road when the phone rang.
- In particular, the sleeves were just the right width - not too narrow, not too flappy.
- The chair is also capable of being pushed down the aisle due to its very narrow track width.
- They rushed out of the narrow passageway and came out of the cave.
- The only break in the stockade is a narrow passageway that zigzags up the middle.
- Laminate flooring is made of long, narrow lengths of high-density fibre, generally with a photograph of wood on top, coated with an acrylic lacquer.
- In some cases, relatively narrow streets have been provided as alternate routes, compromising road safety.
- We climbed a narrow path and entered an area of flat, rocky ground.
- They turned back down the hill and rode through the narrow passageway into the city.
1.2(slender)(margin) escaso(victory/win) conseguido por un escaso margento have a narrow escape — salvarse de milagro
- So one narrow defeat, by a mere one goal margin, made a world of difference to the team's eventual standing.
- The two major parties at the first federal elections were free-traders and protectionists, with the latter securing a narrow victory, though not a parliamentary majority.
- Instant polls following the debate suggested a narrow win for Obama.
- The margin of victory was surprisingly narrow, at just over 5 per cent.
- Wellstone lost that election, but the campaign was an important step toward his narrow victory in the 1990 U.S. Senate race.
- Both of the propositions passed easily, despite reports by pollsters in January and February predicting a narrow victory for one of the measures and likely defeat for the other.
- The Tories marshalled their forces, undermined the shadow budget before it was published and squeaked a narrow victory despite an economy struggling to emerge from a long recession.
- The Lions escaped with a narrow four-point victory, topping Waterloo 73-69.
- Falcon retakes the lead here, though its margins of victory remain narrow.
- They managed to snatch a narrow victory from the jaws of defeat, but his handsome majority was slashed from 164 to just 35.
- We must not allow the narrow margin of victory to become a source of greater conflict in society.
- Newcastle Falcons started the day six points adrift of Bath at the bottom of the table but yesterday's result and Bath's narrow defeat by Leicester has seen that deficit cut to just two points.
- Suddenly, the Claytons were looking at possible defeat rather than a narrow victory.
- Another defeat for the maroon and white in what has been a disappointing year for the county with a number of very narrow defeats in various grades along the way.
- Brisbane's narrow win was marred by a refereeing controversy in the 32nd minute.
2(restricted)(horizons/range/view) limitado(attitude/ideas) cerrado(attitude/ideas) intolerantefrom a narrow perspective — con una perspectiva estrecha / limitada
- in the narrowest sense of the word — en el sentido más estricto de la palabra
3formal(exact, thorough)(scrutiny) minucioso(scrutiny) exhaustivo
1(reduce width of)(lapel/canal) estrechar(lapel/canal) angostar Latin Americathe accident narrowed the road to two lanes — el accidente dejó la carretera reducida a dos carriles
- she narrowed her eyes — (with suspicion) frunció el ceño
- to narrow the gap — reducir la distancia
- Perhaps it is simply an attempt to keep their topic narrow enough to explore thoroughly.
- Other areas of contact included occupational, residential, civic and political contacts, all of which were narrow in scope.
- This existing mindset is narrow, but perhaps at this point, this is understandable, given the previous situation and intimidation.
- But both have such a narrow and pessimistic view of human potential that they believe rigorous selection will identify the few who might prove useful to the economic system.
- Thus, parental support, though narrower in scope, reflects attachment bonds.
- First, the their opinion is remarkably narrow.
- Artists interested in saturation effects usually paint in a fairly narrow range of hues.
- In both cases, liberty refers to the freedom of person within comparatively narrow confines.
- However, this review will be narrower in its focus by summarizing the randomized clinical trials.
- I didn't mean to imply that your statements were narrow in scope.
- It's a fine moment, and one that could have been looked at more closely, especially considering the film's rather narrow view of music history.
- In contrast to British music's narrow mindset, Jamaica has always embraced the most outlandish musical idiosyncrasies imaginable.
- The applicant's construction gives it a very narrow scope, virtually limited to prohibiting what is already an offence under the general criminal law.
- I would argue that these groups merely express, if in a more explicit form, the narrow outlook and low horizons of Western politics more broadly today.
- It suffices to say that he clearly has a narrow view of marketing and it's goal: to give the right people the value they want, where they want it, by telling them about it.
- Those who accuse us of social engineering often have very narrow, rigid view about the way the world should be and everyone should conform with that.
- Well, basically, ours is a little more narrow in scope.
- This collection showed a diverse range of women as ‘beautiful’ versus the more narrow view from mainstream media.
- It's easy to become an ‘expert’ when the scope is narrow and you are part of the rule-maker set.
- After the meeting Epp expressed concern about the relatively narrow range of questions.
- I never watched the latter, so am open to other's views, but it seemed to represent the stubborn, old-fashioned views of a narrow bigot.
- Her discussion is wide-ranging, whereas the focus of this comment will be narrow.
- Passion and commitment can be rather focused, occasionally ranging into the narrow point of view.
- We do believe that he continues to operate in a fairly narrow range.
- The mass media are hindered by a narrow view of gender, and by limited, stereotyped representations of ethnic minorities.
- Provincial co-management regimes are typically narrow in scope as well as limited in formal powers.
- There are many objections that spring to mind - is that not a narrow view, intolerant, prejudicial to the good health of society?
- It obliges us to be stripped of our illusions, our narrow and self-serving views.
- It was a man's world, and being a man of his time, he had very narrow beliefs and lived in a totally egocentric world.
- The perception of lactose intolerance as a health problem is a rather narrow Western view.
- If a group leader's philosophy and beliefs are narrow and one-sided, then back away.
- His dissent gives clear insight into his limited, narrow view of individual liberties.
- The theatre is also reviving three short plays in the hope that it will help enlighten people about narrow mindsets, prejudice, parochialism etc.
- These expectations are often narrow, oversimplified, and quite rigid.
- The political spectrum has become narrower with the ideological battleground moving to the right.
- Excellent idea, but I feel his scope is too narrow.
- Like others, we have huge concerns about scopes of practice becoming narrow and restrictive.
- First, in the narrow economic sense, fond memories of the pre-1980 protectionist regimes are often evoked.
- Although the Old Testament is a literature about an ancient people called Israel, it is not simply a national literature in any narrow sense.
- But the definitions are so narrow that it doesn't include everyone.
- In most cases such judgement starts from a rather narrow definition of culture.
- It's a narrow definition of freedom, yes, but necessary under the circumstances, we've all been told a hundred times if we've been told once.
- It appears that he is referring to ‘frequent reader’ rather than a narrow definition of literacy.
- In the PC world of academia, that definition can become awfully narrow.
- They have extremely narrow definitions of good music.
- Since then, some critics have objected to the editors' contentious remarks and their narrow definition of Asian American literature.
- Do you think that people who are bothered by your films are working from an excessively narrow definition of comedy?
- Clearly, it is not possible - and this is again a bureaucratic problem - for the military to define security in terms other than its own narrow definition of it.
- I am not arguing for a narrow definition of graphic design.
- But I must say it's a very narrow definition of comfort.
- Judges would ask only whether the decision maker had ‘jurisdiction’ (in a very narrow sense) to make his decision.
- But history should not be understood in a narrow sense.
- He is a conservative in this strict and narrow sense.
- Such protectionist perspectives and narrow definitions of critical media literacy set themselves against the pleasures the media provide.
- But unfortunately, all that goes under the name of progress does not truly represent progress, even in the narrow economic sense of the term.
- Here I am thinking primarily of ethical difficulties, not linguistic or literary difficulties in the narrow sense.
- Blues has tended to suffer because a narrow definition stereotypes the format as depressing where songs entail losing women, jobs and dogs.
2(restrict)(field/range) restringir(field/range) limitar
1(decrease in width)(river/valley/road) estrecharse(road/valley/river) angostarse Latin America(gap) reducirse
2(field) restringirse(odds/options) reducirse
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