In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(watch) espiar(watch) vichar River Plate informal(look quickly) mirar (a hurtadillas)(look quickly) echar un vistazo(look quickly) vichar River Plate informaldon't peep! — no mires
- she went to the window and peeped out — se acercó a la ventana y se asomó a mirar
- to peep at sb/sth
- they were peeping at me through the curtains — me vichaban a través de las cortinas
- She peeped through the curtains at the two sleeping boys and ended up staring at them for a couple of minutes.
- Despite his obvious contempt for anything celestial, I continued to peep discreetly into the astrology columns of newspapers and magazines.
- I too peeped through out of curiosity and found a young house wife crying in front of a policeman.
- William peeped through the curtained window into the dimly lit smoked filled room.
- I peeped through the slits at the top of the door.
- Teenage girls were spotted around the village peeping through windows of some of the biggest homes, desperately hoping for a glance of Gareth.
- Scarlet ran over to inspect as did Griffith and they peeped through to see Lane on the phone with someone.
- He walked slowly toward the door, peeped through an enlarged crack in the hinge side, and stepped back, startled.
- He walked across to the next room, delicately opened the door and peeped through.
- Arin peeped through his fingers and then stood up with his jaw almost scraping his knees.
- There was a knock at the door so I got up and trudged to the door bitterly and peeped through the small windows.
- I slipped into the house and into my room so as not to spoil their party, though I couldn't resist peeping through the blinds.
- ‘Don't worry, we'll think of something’ George said vaguely as he peeped through the curtains.
- I licked my lips and peeped through the hole, I couldn't help but giggle.
- I drew back, and with Zev crouching behind me, peeped through the hole I had made.
- We peeped through the window of an old-fashioned apothecary.
- She locked the bullet into the barrel, peeped through the scope, aimed, and instantaneously pulled the trigger, expelling the bullet into the air.
- A head peeped through the small gap and greeted Julia with a booming voice.
- Trembling, she peeped through her laced fingers at her stereo.
- She peeped through the holes in the rock at the hundreds of wolves sitting and slouching or lying against the trees, looking at the rocks.
2(show, stick out)(edge/tip/corner) asomarher petticoat was just peeping from under her dress — (se) le asomaba la combinación por debajo del vestido
- my toes were peeping out — (se) me asomaban los dedos
- The sun peeped out from the clouds and sparkled on the water.
- Grey pearl cuff links peeped out from beneath his jacket sleeves.
- I regarded my toes as they peeped out of the water while I floated on my back.
- We first noticed a beak peeping out from behind one of the beams and before we knew it the bird had tried to fly from the nest.
- Anyway, on this occasion a different leaflet was peeping out of the box.
- She saw the feeble rays of the sun barely peeping out into the sky.
- Spring in Connecticut brings rain and daffodils and tulips begin to peep out from piles of dirty snow.
- His eyes traced over me, taking in my disheveled hair and my toes, which were peeping out from underneath my dress.
- Caroline could see that her toes peeped out from under the hem of her everyday gown.
- And if at all the sun occasionally peeps out of the clouds, there will be large screens to provide shade to the plants.
1(quick or furtive look)vistazo masculinepeep at sth/sb
- can I have a peep? — ¿puedo ver?
- she had a quick peep at the answer — le echó un vistazo a la respuesta
- A glimpse of the rural lifestyle and a peep into the culture of various ethnic groups.
- At midnight, street people drift to a Chinese temple seeking a peep into the future.
- It offers a peep at the richness of the traditional gold jewellery of the State, which is also noted for its purity, creativity and craftsmanship.
- A quick peep at my watch told me that the time was 6.30 a.m. and across in the other bed, just visible through the mosquito nets, J.R. was still sleeping soundly.
- She actually couldn't pass the door without a quick peep inside.
- The bigger kids said it was haunted so it was obviously too much of a temptation for any 10 year old not to take a quick peep through the window.
- New chaps would have a quick peep over the top, just for a moment - but only if they didn't know anything.
- A look at these beautiful products gives one an impressive peep into the artistic abilities of the strife-torn region.
- As he ripped at his shirt, he risked one quick peep through the car windows.
1(sound)the peep, peep of the canary — el pío, pío del canario
- the peep of a car horn — el pitido de un claxon
- we haven't heard a peep out of the baby all night — el niño no ha rechistado en toda la noche
- one more peep out of you and there'll be trouble! — ¡como vuelvas a abrir la boca, ya vas a ver!
- we didn't hear another peep from her all evening — no volvió a decir ni pío / ni mu en toda la noche
- any news from your brother? — not a peep — ¿sabes algo de tu hermano? — ¡ni pío!
- We didn't hear another peep from them all week.
- Especially since we never hear a peep of complaint about the millions of dollars of research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
- This was accepted with hardly a peep of protest from both the British and the American public.
- The little girl was happily babbling and taking in her new surroundings with awe and she hadn't made a single fussy peep.
- On the one hand, we are led to believe that the girl is utterly self-reliant and unafraid; on the other, she slips into prostitution without a peep of protest.
- And, I don't want to hear one peep from you about it either.
- Look I can't promise not to say another peep about that boy you were with.
- When Hilmer hobbled the paper's budget, not a peep of protest from you.
- It was amazing, because there was not one peep from our closest geographical member of Parliament from the National Party.
- But he offered not a peep of protest or criticism.
- But they are doing this without a peep of protest from the fired-up grassroots activists who have taken over the Kansas Republican Party.
- Vast swathes of ideological ground have been abandoned without a peep of protest from the grassroots nor a hint of rebellion or division.
- I tried ignoring the painful feeling and concentrated on not making a peep of sound.
- I really just didn't want to hear another peep coming out of her mouth.
- The press politely looked the other way, never uttering a peep.
- But even more than this: not one peep of what I have told you about the sinister intentions of the church state would ever have been made public.
1(make high-pitched sound)(bird) piar(whistle/horn) sonarhe peeped at them as he drove by — les tocó la bocina / les pitó al pasar
- The builder's lorry pulled up outside and peeped to attract my attention.
- All the same, I can't help thinking that if only I could force myself to peep, burble and mangle my words like a child, I'd soon be able to communicate with the peoples of the world, or at least their kids.
- It was hard work but I had a lot of public support with drivers peeping and the support from the firefighters has been fantastic.
- Outside their window, an insect's timid squeak peeped sporadically into the night, like a half-rusty hinge.
- When you leap up every time he or she peeps, you're disturbing his or her sleep, the sleep folks say.
1I peeped the horn — toqué la bocina / el claxon
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