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(part of sth broken, torn, cut, divided)pedazo masculinetrozo masculinea piece of bread — un pedazo / un trozo de pan
- she ripped the letter into pieces — rompió la carta en pedacitos
- a piece of land — un terreno
- to come / fall to pieces — hacerse pedazos
- she smashed the vase to pieces — hizo añicos el jarrón
- he was blown to pieces by a mine — una mina lo voló en pedazos
- the toy lay in pieces on the floor — el juguete estaba en el suelo, hecho pedazos
- her life in pieces, she made up her mind to … — con la vida deshecha / en ruinas, decidió …
- in one piece
- they got back in one piece — volvieron sanos y salvos
- I dropped it, but it's still in one piece — se me cayó, pero está intacto
- to be a piece of cake — ser pan comido
- to go to pieces — (break down) perder el control
- he went to pieces after his wife left him — quedó deshecho / destrozado cuando la mujer lo dejó
- to pick up the pieces
- he gets himself into trouble and expects me to pick up the pieces — se mete en líos y después pretende que yo le saque las castañas del fuego
- he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life — está tratando de rehacer su vida
- to pull sth/sb to pieces — destrozar algo/a algn
- he pulled her essay to pieces — le criticó duramente el trabajo
- Men broke into the mill and smashed them to pieces.
- She saw a piece of it break off and a gout of flame shoot into the air.
- Sections of main roads are completely broken to pieces.
- The girls made the discovery after spotting a piece of red material sticking out of the ground in the park's wooded area.
- I glued all three pieces in place with epoxy.
- Break the chocolate in pieces and melt with the rum in a bowl over simmering water.
- With that, my mother knife and cut a small piece of the pie.
- Then she took out a lump of sandalwood from the wall cupboard, washed it, broke it in pieces, dissolved it in water and cleaned her face and arms with the paste.
- Oh well, at least her mom didn't have to worry about cutting the pizza, it was broken in pieces already.
- Gradually it starts to be crushed in one direction and then stretched in another until it is broken to pieces.
- A police spokesman said that the man was scrabbling across the slope when a piece of rock broke away.
- In a second the whole sword was broken in pieces and Kashiro's attack continued.
- Avie looked down at her tray and started to break off a piece of her cookie.
- In the busy commercial streets of the city you will find huge pumpkins broken to pieces and scattered on the road.
- She picks up a glass vase and flings it on the ground, breaking it to pieces.
- Scarlet sighed as she put a small piece of pumpkin pie in her mouth.
- Her bed with torn to pieces with cloth and portions of her blanket lying all over the floor.
- In the middle of the confusion, the thieves try to get away with the mirror, only to break it to pieces in their fight to have the first glance.
- The gold chain was retrieved and returned to the owner, albeit in pieces and with a portion missing following the scuffle.
- Near the bottom is a chunk that originally was a piece of soundproofing material.
1.2(component)pieza feminineparte masculinehe's taken the clock to pieces — ha desarmado / desmontado el reloj
- it comes to pieces — es desmontable
- we took the novel to pieces — analizamos la novela parte por parte
- a three-piece suit — un traje de tres piezas
- the pieces are starting to fall into place — las cosas se están empezando a aclarar
- The laser device is used to monitor the correct alignment of mechanical pieces over a distance up to 10 m.
- In my day we only had the simplest of Lego pieces - just square blocks.
- He suggested that the regulations previously construed could be said to apply to particular pieces of machinery of an unduly hazardous nature.
- The pieces of the iron construction crashed down into the water.
- After that, you start sanding other people's work and start to help put pieces of furniture together.
- The scribble is constructed from 229 separate pieces of steel, weighs 25 tonnes and has 72 twists.
- Construction pieces from every set can be combined in an infinite number of ways, which contributes to excitement and adventure.
- By combining the good pieces and assembling them into a somewhat complete firearm, it can now be sold as a functioning weapon.
- All of the pieces are cast or constructed in nonferrous metals, so that they resonate musically.
- Silversmith Biggs was responsible for the basic design and construction of the piece.
- If you wonder if you can replace the clutch yourself, you should first consider how much knowledge you have regarding how to do it and the car pieces involved.
- Even so, you could recycle those items into scrap pieces to make parts for another robot.
- For all customers who want to coat boat pieces and other non-car pieces, or car pieces which don't appear on our price list, we have tried to give you enough information below to estimate what your piece(s) would cost.
- The kit contains hundreds of miniature pieces of the popular construction toy that comprises a building system of rods and connectors.
- Sometimes pieces of the construct will be inserted as well as, or instead of, the full construct.
2(item)a piece of advice — un consejo
- 500 pieces of artillery — 500 piezas de artillería
- a piece of chewing gum — un chicle
- a piece of clothing — una prenda (de ropa)
- a piece of fruit — una pieza de fruta
- a piece of furniture — un mueble
- a piece of jewelry — una alhaja / joya
- an absurd piece of legislation — una norma (/ disposición etc. ) absurda
- that was a piece of luck! — ¡qué suerte!
- how many pieces of luggage do they have? — ¿cuántos bultos llevan?
- a piece of news — una noticia
- a piece of paper — un papel
- an excellent piece of work — un trabajo excelente
- we sell the cutlery by the piece — vendemos los cubiertos sueltos / por piezas
- of a piece
- they are all of a piece — están todos cortados por el mismo patrón
- to be a nasty piece of work — ser una porquería
- to give sb a piece of one's mind — cantarle las cuarenta / decirle cuatro verdades a algn
3.1a piece (of music) — una pieza (de música)
- Has anyone ever heard a beautiful piece of music played on a recorder?
- Many of the pieces are beautifully written and personal.
- A child prodigy, he wrote his first piece of music at the age of five and completed his first symphony at the age of eight.
- We're not trying to just write songs, we're trying to write musical pieces.
- The program consisted of a wide range of varying pieces, including songs written by each of the performers.
- His close friendships with women produced some of the best-known pieces of music ever written by any composer; but they did not secure him a wife.
- Never has such a beautiful piece of music been played on the electric guitar.
- As a composer, he wrote several pieces for the oboe family, which I am delighted to publish.
- Students write about narrative pieces and give a title to their artwork.
- He wrote and arranged many pieces of liturgical music, and set up several computer programs.
- There is currently an open invitation for composers to write pieces for the bells.
- She composed at least eight pieces, written for a variety of voices, instruments, and genres.
- Soon afterwards he was writing his own pieces, and at seven he became only the second child under the age of 10 ever to be accepted by the Vienna Conservatoire.
- Ideas and written pieces can be published online and vetted by readers before going to print, blogging helps the journalism process.
- I might even offer the theory that it is the most perfect piece of music ever written.
- Most, in fact, are relatively early pieces by composers who are now mid-career.
- Next, I shared how Beethoven's music was much more emotional and how he often wrote pieces in a minor key.
- They are both very beautiful pieces, both musically and lyrically, and her voice is just gorgeous.
- The piece conveys the sense of an urgent, fully focused formal sensibility at work.
- Each fellow will write several pieces while in residence, which will each be subjected to detailed criticism.
3.4(of poetry)poema masculinepoesía feminineto say one's piece — opinar
4(coin)moneda femininepieza femininea 50 peso piece — una moneda de 50 pesos
5.1(in board games)ficha femininepieza feminine
- Soon, his smile was back and he moved one of his pieces over.
- Game pieces move horizontally and vertically, but not diagonally, making the game more challenging as paths become obstructed.
- To focus on the moves of the individual pieces without understanding the strategy misses the point.
- She was sat on her desk, moving some puzzles' pieces, trying to figure out something, maybe an image, or a letter.
- Glass playing pieces for board games have also been found in some numbers.
- Withdrawing from the banquet and watching others move chess pieces was more compatible with his bleak mood.
- The objective is simply to be the first to move all the pieces across the board and into the star point opposite.
- Then, once many of his pieces cannot move, you add yours and win the game.
- Hathorne feebly lifted one of the jade pieces and moved it diagonally to the edge of the board.
- The buffalo player may only move his pieces one space directly forward as long as that space is unoccupied.
- Chess pieces and chessboards lend themselves to all sorts of puzzles and mathematical investigations.
- First, I'll show you how each pieces moves, then I'll show some basic opening strategies.
- Adam moved his chess piece and leaned back, satisfied with the way the game was progressing.
- Knowing this, you can try and figure out which pieces are which simply by how they're being moved.
- If a piece is in limbo, the player must get it back on the board before moving any other piece.
- Charlie moved her pieces with rapid decision, while Adam preferred to take his time.
- We love to roll dice and move pieces around a board, plot battleship strategies, play cribbage, chess, and mancala.
- She stretched her legs out in front of her in a relaxed position, staring hard at the pieces on the long chess board before her.
- In the end, he only shuffles around the pieces of a board game of his invention.
- It was an abstract race game called Tempo in which pieces were moved not by the roll of the dice, but by the playing of cards.
5.2(in chess)figura feminine
- Black gets three pawns for the piece, which leaves him a pawn down on balance - in theory.
- Though the Queen is the strongest piece, it is vulnerable to attack by weaker enemy units.
- If the single piece happens to be Queen or Rook, the weaker party becomes all too powerful.
- Here, however, you will find more coverage of endgames with more pieces and pawns.
- This can be done by a pawn break or by a sacrifice involving pieces or pawns.
6slang(handgun)pistola femininepipa feminine Spain slangfusca feminine Mexico slang
7USinformal(distance)a piece — un trecho
- that's a fair piece from here — de aquí es un tirón
8.1(woman)tipa feminine informal derogatorytía feminine Spain informalmamacita feminine Mexico informalmina feminine Southern Cone slang
8.2US (sexual partner)she's a terrific piece — es muy buena en la cama informal
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