In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1informal(fussy man)maniático masculinehe's an old woman — tiene manías de vieja
- When he had come home yesterday evening, a little drunk as usual, and from long-established habit had begun swearing and shaking his fists, his old woman had looked at her rowdy spouse as she had never looked at him before.
- So he went back home and asked his old woman whether there was any bread.
- You'd much better not be swilling vodka, you fool, but taking pity on your old woman instead of falling at my feet.
2→ old lady
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