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(tidy, orderly)(appearance) arreglado(appearance) cuidado(appearance) prolijo River Plate(person) pulcro(person) prolijo River Plate(room) ordenado(garden) muy cuidadodo up the buttons: it looks much neater — abróchatelo: queda mucho mejor
- the bottles stand in neat rows — las botellas están colocadas en filas muy ordenadas
- her hair is always very neat — va siempre muy bien peinada / con el pelo muy arreglado
- his handwriting is very neat — tiene muy buena letra
- he likes to have everything neat and tidy — le gusta tenerlo todo muy arreglado
- she likes to fit people into neat little categories — le gusta encasillar a la gente de manera simplista
- I can get my daughter to clean her room by setting up comparison/competition images with her neat friend, Amanda.
- Zack opened the door to his room and Ana looked around, he kept everything so neat.
- Everything about the room was neat and orderly.
- But unless you're particularly neat and tidy, they can soon end up rolling around the floor, or getting sat on by a passenger.
- Several long and narrow tables were arranged in neat rows, teachers scouting the premises between them.
- As he began shuffling his papers so they were neat and organized, whispers began to fly around the class.
- In Mexico, the tops of the wooden posts are cut off at the same level, creating very neat and tidy fences.
- Aberdeen gave the ball away far too often to be able to mount any sustained pressure, whilst the visitors were neat and tidy in their play.
- There were three chairs arranged in a neat semi-circle, with a coffee table in the center.
- She absent-mindedly made a neat pile of the scattered magazines on the coffee table.
- There were clothes everywhere and that was unusual seeing as she was a very neat person.
- "Wow, your room is so neat, " Hannah said.
- It was just how I left it, neat and tidy; everything was in perfect order.
- We travel down from Newcastle and Durban twice a year in order to keep the graves neat and tidy.
- Megan laughed, " Ya know, you should thank me for keeping my locker so neat.
- Many thanks to everyone who came out to help keep all areas around the river so neat and tidy.
- In fact, salt crystals are formed by the very neat and orderly arrangement of alternating sodium and chloride ions.
- "Over the years the residents have made a great effort to keep the estate very neat and tidy.
- He was neat and dapper when I saw him in 1995 in Kansas City, where he was filming the movie of that name.
- Choosing one, he stepped inside a little room almost militarily neat, and masculine in aura.
- And when the City asked them to leave the sidewalk outside, they asked for an extra allotment of time, in order to be able to leave the site as neat and tidy as they found it.
- The sergeant counted the money onto the kitchen table, note by note, arranging it in neat piles.
- I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.
- Not to say that we weren't neat and polite at the table.
- Maybe she was just a neat person, and it was a summer assignment, and she wanted everything to be organized, so she had tucked it away.
- She's neat, serious and always over-prepared; he's a jokey slob who flies by the seat of his rumpled pants.
- She's neat, organised, intelligent, motivated, good natured and talented across all arenas.
- Or again, he was an amazingly neat gardener, one might almost say a perfectionist.
- I an a very neat person, and I don't want you to see my place in a state.
- Now, yes, he's neat and clean, but I don't think that's a fault.
- There is nothing wrong with being a slob until you start complaining all the time that you wish you were neat and organized.
- Shirt upon shirt, all stacked in neat piles - had they been ironed?
- A key feature of the farm is the farmhouse and farmyard which is well laid out and always maintained in a very neat and tidy fashion.
- The place is neat and tidy with not a weed in sight.
- Walking down the aisle, looking impeccably neat in his uniform was Bob.
- Madge herself is immaculate - a tiny, neat woman whom grief has made two-dimensional.
- He was extremely neat and tidy around the place and took a gentle pride in maintaining the place so well.
- And doesn't such an organized and neat man deserve to be indicted just for making us all look bad?
- Obsessively neat people should not consider owning companion birds.
- The village was neat, with tidy little houses, arranged along three roads leading out from this castle.
- But I know many children of less than neat parents who rebel by aggressively keeping house.
1.2(trim, compact)a neat little car — un cochecito compacto
- she has a neat figure — tiene muy buena figura
1.3(deft)(catch) bueno(catch) hábil(somersault) bien hecho(somersault) bien ejecutado
- I'm sure that I could never have written such a neat bit of syntactical plotting.
- At the moment we don't have a neat solution to the problem and it really is stretching staff and eroding morale.
- It's a neat bit of arithmetic - one beach for each day of the year - but has anyone actually counted them?
- Now if that seems like a pretty neat trick, be warned.
- If you're determined to see both of those realities as a problem, you can turn to science to provide you with what you'll probably consider a relatively neat solution to the first.
- Perhaps there is some neat technical solution, though as yet that doesn't seem to be the case.
- The look was relaxed, and the illusion hemlines, also achieved with stripes and shiny fabrics, were a neat way to make clothes appear longer.
- ‘It is a very neat, environmentally-friendly solution,’ says Dr Reeder.
- This one is as neat a demonstration of the Arthurian cycle as any book in the Clarke canon, and as stimulating.
- The Government came up, through the ministry, with a very neat solution.
- Some common-sense solutions, and neat statistics, are found within the paper.
- I thought it was a neat bit of conscious self-reference.
- Justin made a neat recovery and with agile steps, he circled the demon, wrapping the silver thread around its throat.
- So a neat solution is to put an inexpensive hard drive into the printer to receive the print job and keep these large files off the network.
- The sampling trick is very neat, and does appear magical even after you see the proof.
- The economist who raised the subject has found a neat solution to all these problems.
- This was a neat bit of satire, making the impossibility of the situation immediately obvious.
- Folding them together was a pretty neat trick, and it has been done without a wrinkle or seam showing.
- All in all, it was a neat move: In order to teach us to value our imaginations, he always let us know what was imaginary and what was not.
- Admittedly, it is a rather neat effect to use, but not when it appears on nearly every track.
- Calderon, an attacking midfielder, displayed some neat touches and demonstrated a willingness to run at defenders.
- But that's a pretty neat trick to pull that off, two different girls.
1.4(ingenious)(solution/gadget) ingenioso(solution/gadget) bueno(excuse/translation) bueno
2US informal(good, nice)neat hat, man! — ¡que sombrero más fantástico! informal
- he's a neat ballplayer — es un jugador de narices
3BritishsoloI drink it neat — lo bebo solo
- she drank half a bottle of neat vodka — se bebió media botella de vodka puro
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