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(repugnant)(medicine/taste/smell) asqueroso(taste/smell/medicine) repugnante(habit) feo(habit) desagradableit smells nasty — huele horrible
- (to child) don't touch, it's nasty — no toques, ¡caca!
- Maybe there's a patch on the market to help politicians quit this nasty habit.
- This might come as a shock to some people, but chickens are the most stinky, repulsive and nasty creatures to walk the earth.
- Dinner was disgustingly gross and nasty; it was some custom British food that they all loved but non-British hated.
- Some e-tailers have a nasty habit of taking your money as soon as you place an order, then not dispatching the goods for several months.
- As we all know, Garry was in for a rather nasty surprise.
- It's a huge skull full of nasty things like rats and guts and caffeine and lifeless craniums and free stuff from the sponsors.
- Just too many nasty trick questions and annoying video clips of past statements, but that's why you get the big money.
- Over time, politicians develop various nasty habits, and one of them is the use of phrases that do not actually mean what they say.
- Publishers, apparently, found it a nasty shock to be ‘up against someone whose skill in driving a bargain equalled if not excelled their own’.
- For one thing, the author has a nasty habit of separating sentences with a comma, when a semi-colon would be far more appropriate.
- After a shower last night and a shower this morning, I can still smell the nasty stench of the awful artificial concoction.
- Unfortunately, plenty of investors develop the nasty habit of boasting of their gains instead of contemplating possible overvaluation concerns.
- Still, there are enough dangers on every side, especially from electrically operated gadgets that can give a nasty shock if handled the wrong way.
- Monday's attack is the latest in a number of nasty incidents that have shocked locals in the town in recent weeks.
- Father, why do these words sound so nasty?
- But events have this nasty habit of coming along and disturbing all your best-laid plans, don't they?
- Since shareholders have a nasty habit of leaving, customers will probably have to bear the brunt of these losses and the bank may try to push profit margins even wider apart.
- Now if we don't get a nasty shock from a popped housing bubble, we'll be in very good shape.
- "You probably have a pretty nasty hangover, " I said.
- Just as I started to feel a bit, uh, constrained (I don't like enclosed spaces, let alone enclosed spaces full of nasty gas) we were let out into the fresh air.
- In recent years, birthdays have had a nasty habit of getting me thinking too much, recalling memories I'd rather not recall and conducting one too many internal dialogues.
- Opinion polls have a nasty habit of entrenching prejudices.
- Through careful planning people can avoid inheritance tax, which can come as a nasty shock at what is bound to be an upsetting time.
- Had a nasty shock mid-afternoon while trawling the net.
- He stalked out of the room before she said anything else nasty to him.
- This can come as a very nasty shock to customers.
- Also, midges have a nasty habit of crawling up trouser legs and even into lace-holes on hiking boots, so they will get you one way or another.
- From there we went to a nasty bar full of hungry looking western men and western girls dressed like hookers who made an effort to look especially cheap and trashy.
- Unfortunately, this type of viewing can become a nasty habit that, in the end, sabotages any meaningful engagement with sports.
- The trouble with pulling the covers over your head and hiding from reality is that reality has a nasty habit of sticking around.
- Then things get really nasty: the new robots are released.
- You will be laughing, mind you, but some of the gore is fairly nasty.
- Many firms are trying to set up such systems so that they avoid nasty shocks.
- But at the very least we must do our own house cleaning, change our downright nasty habits of further polluting an already over-polluted environment.
- Plans to build a new sewage plant to help free the air of nasty pongs should be given full support, a councillor said today.
- In the nursery school language of heroes and villains, there is no word for someone capable of good and bad, so the disappointment has a nasty habit of being backdated.
- Not so much by personal preference, but more so by the busy nature of my schoolwork and, of course, that nasty habit of playing computer games that irk parents so.
- That's why the droop and crinkle of middle-age is the source of such gloom, particularly as it has a nasty habit of catching you unawares.
- For those who enjoy eating out (or eating in with a takeaway) and thought that by avoiding junk food they could do so healthily, this will have come as a nasty shock.
- Mail, keys, change, Peter's camera equipment, books, plastic bags, and all manner of other debris have a nasty habit of collecting on that coffee table.
1.2(obscene, offensive)(film/book) asqueroso(book/film) inmundo
- By this I mean that you are doubting your reasoning to attain goals, such as to stop smoking, and filling it full of nasty outcomes, due to this lack of self belief in your intent.
- Like a cartoonist exaggerates a big nose for effect, we use the full power of nasty words as explosives to get our point across.
- Never in all her life had she seen something so disgusting so nasty happen.
- Am in a really nasty horrible, scream and shouting kind of mood now.
- Perhaps yesterday afternoon I slipped into a parallel world where everyone was really nasty, full of hate and not afraid of showing it?
- Because once people meet me, they can see that I'm not a one-eyed monster, a horrible evil nasty guy.
- It is an unspeakable act of violence carried out by unspeakably nasty vicious bloodthirsty thugs.
- But, hold on, I hear you say, they really are repugnant, nasty, racist scum.
- ‘Sectarianism is a community disease - a nasty attitude of the mind like racism,’ he says.
- You have to be brutal and horrible, almost nasty.
- If I thought I had seen dirty political tricks as nasty and vile as they could get, I was wrong.
- He was a miserable little narrow minded bigot with a nasty temper.
- But the man who led the revolt is a thoroughly nasty piece of work.
- The nasty aspect of contemporary workplace bullying is that it is directed towards senior employees.
- I want to think of something to insult you at the moment, but nothing comes to mind that's nasty enough not to compliment you.
- Both games are full of nasty, sadistic violence, leavened just enough by irony and black humor to be tolerable.
- So is this the nasty party shedding its repulsive past?
- The bad guys coming out full of nasty tricks, the good guys seeing their world crumble around them as everything that can go wrong does.
- Joe tried to look as his normal-self again; but his mind kept exploding with nasty thoughts towards the girl, Laura.
- Sorry, but my mind has been overflowing with nice things and nasty things in equal measure.
2(spiteful)(person) malo(person) asquerosothat was a nasty thing to say! — fue una maldad decirle eso
- they are really nasty to her — son realmente malos / crueles con ella
- to have a nasty temper — tener muy mal carácter
- what a nasty trick! — ¡qué canallada!
- children can be so nasty! — los niños pueden ser de lo más crueles
- he turns very nasty when he gets drunk — se pone de lo más desagradable cuando se emborracha
- Not just a grudge, but a hateful, vindictive, nasty bitterness that I didn't even know existed until this person's name was brought up.
- To face a life of ridicule after having your story published in the paper, and on the internet, linked to by as many cruel and nasty people as possible.
- It is a cause of concern and was a very vicious and nasty attack and we are treating it as a racially motivated incident.
- All this festive cheer is starting to become a bit boring, so why not join us on a needless, hurtful, and downright nasty hate campaign against someone we've never met?
- But if you've been nasty, bad, rude… people will remember that side of you.
- In the past I would have cringed at calling someone something so inhuman, but I hadn't met anyone as nasty and rude as Christine before, so the name was justified.
- I don't understand why someone would do that, unless they are nasty and hurtful.
- A voice that was nasty and spiteful, leaping at any chance to cause her pain.
- Girls engage in catty behavior and nasty comments, judging each other on appearance and material possessions.
- If you are nasty, rude or don't follow the rules you can also get flamed.
- Still, at least I had a new toy to take my mind off all the nasty comments I was getting.
- That just proves something else, he's selfish - finding humour in someone else's misfortune, is a cruel and nasty thing to do.
- His imperialists are often nasty folk who behaved horribly towards the natives under their yoke.
- The attendant could have informed me that, sorry, store policy didn't allow men in the dressing rooms, without the rude look or the nasty comments.
- He admits that he ‘may be overzealous at times,’ maybe even nasty or rude.
- Sometimes, the most rational interpretation of someone's behaviour is that they are nasty, sadistic or cruel.
- He's not nasty, cruel or bent on taking over the world.
- Most of them just need jobs, and these jobs are extremely easy to get because of the undesirable, and downright horribly nasty and cruel, nature of the work.
- Being nasty, rude, shrewish and creepy was very fun to do - I simply pretended to be in a bad mood each time the camera rolled.
- You are foul, surly, nasty, unhelpful, unpleasant and clearly you have a lot of issues.
3.1(severe)(cough/cut/injury) feo(accident) seriohorribleI had a nasty shock — me llevé una sorpresa de lo más desagradable
- the weather turned nasty — el tiempo se puso horrible / feísimo
3.2(difficult, dangerous)(exam/question) peliagudo(question/exam) muy difícil(corner/intersection) muy peligroso
3.3(unpleasant)(experience/situation) desagradablethe situation turned nasty — la cosa se puso fea informal
1hidden nasties — sorpresas desagradables
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