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(jab)to poke the fire — atizar el fuego
- (with finger) to poke sb in the eye — meterle el dedo en el ojo a algn
- to poke sb's eye out — sacarle un ojo a algn
- (with elbow) she poked me in the ribs to make me shut up — me dio un codazo para que me callara
- he poked me in the ribs with his umbrella — me clavó el paraguas en el costado
- stop poking me! — ¡deja ya de darme!
1.2(thrust)she poked her head around the door — asomó la cabeza por la puerta
- he poked his head out from under the sheets — sacó la cabeza de entre las sábanas
- to poke sth at sb/sth
- stop poking that stick at me! — ¡deja ya de darme con el palo!
- poke a fork into the meat to see if it's done — pincha la carne con un tenedor a ver si está hecha
- he poked his finger through the crack — metió el dedo por la ranura
- he poked a hole in the bag — le hizo un agujero a la bolsa
- it's easy to poke holes in their argument — es fácil echar por tierra su argumento
2US informal(punch)to poke sb in the nose — pegarle un puñetazo en la nariz a algn informal
1(jab)to poke at sth
- he poked at the mouse with a stick — le dio al ratón con un palo
- she poked listlessly at her food — jugueteaba desganada con la comida
- She believed that she got the lead poisoning when a sharp pencil was poked into her cheek.
- But I think that just poking him with a stick and expecting him to leap to his feet and resume his journey as if no time had passed would serve only to hasten his final death throes.
- They were dreadful sleepers, but I'm sure that was because I was prodding and poking them all the time!
- It is poked repeatedly with a stick until it is absolutely livid.
- Have you ever experienced the sensation of falling into a deep sleep, only to have someone poke your ears with sharp needles?
- It only seemed like I had been asleep for two minutes when I was poked at and I nearly jumped out of my skin before I realized our car ride was over.
- It was a real ‘crikey’ moment, and I wanted wrestle it, or at least poke it with a stick, but nobody had a camera so there was no point.
- Sometimes the children can be seen poking them with sticks.
- We poked it with a stick and established that the wasps had moved out.
- Don't poke me or prod me when you are talking to me.
- The use of the pejorative ‘insidious’ is a little unnecessary, but I'm not one who should poke people with sticks for using flowery language.
- She tries poking them with a stick to get them down and then throwing a rock.
- We've been poking him with a sharp stick, and if you do that long enough, you have to either shoot the dog or get bit.
- That is followed by the curious urge to poke it with a stick.
- If people are poked with a sharp enough stick, like the threat of a large-scale war, they'll respond.
- Sometimes, you see a hornet's nest, and some wise part of you knows that you shouldn't go poking it with a stick.
- I grinned and stepped back slightly, but was pushed further as he poked me with the stick.
- It needles you, it shoves, it pokes you in the side - not hard, but hard enough to make you yelp.
- We rode the subway out to the Bronx Zoo, and joined the hordes strolling around poking the animals with sticks.
- Abi was taken to an admissions room, where she was poked and prodded and monitored by various midwives and doctors.
2(project)asomarher feet were poking out of the sheets — los pies le asomaban por entre las sábanas
- a few shoots were poking up out of the soil — unos cuantos brotes asomaban en la tierra
- his elbows were poking out of his sweater — los codos le asomaban por los agujeros del suéter
- The shock of black hair poking from the top of his white OU visor was wet and mussed from a sideline celebration shower.
- We must have walked for about an hour, and were on the point of turning round and returning to the caravan, when we spotted a stick poking out of the water, about twenty yards offshore.
- I can recall how O looked as if it were yesterday: lying next to me, his shirt slightly undone, the top of his chest hair poking out, huge grin on his face.
- Dark brown hair poked out around the edge of his white baseball cap.
- Pausing, he scratched a tuft of vibrant red hair poking from beneath his cap.
- Ben watched her as she worked, wisps of her hair falling about her face and her tongue just visibly poking out of the corner of her mouth as she concentrated.
- White hair poked out from under his cap and a pipe was clenched between his teeth.
- Her fang teeth were starting to extend, poking down so they just visible in her open mouth, and her hands gripped the arms of the chair.
- Leonard was a very tall young man, with bright blonde hair poking out from under his tattered cowboy hat.
- With such visible history, the sun-blackened ruins poking out from the undergrowth and overgrowth, Nevis is fun to explore.
- Wiry white and grey hairs poked out of his thick, flabby ears and his blue eyes were shoved deep into this rough-skinned face.
- Tufts of springy white hair poked up from the center of the crown.
- There was a big stick poking out of one of the trashcans.
- One had a large backwards blue cap on his head, messy black hair poking out from underneath.
- When I awoke, I was covered in strange purple hairs that poked out through my clothes and made a sound only dogs could hear.
- My father's short reddish brown hair was poking out from beneath his hat, and my mother's dark hair wasn't far from being out of order as well.
- His shirt was open to the second button; a few curly hairs poked through.
- A widow of several years, she wears a green, yellow and orange headscarf, from which black and grey curls poke out.
- We cut to the next scene, where he is now under a large mound of sand, now with only the top of his head visible, poking through the side of the mound.
- Small bits of dark brown hair poked out from underneath his hat.
1.1(jab)golpe masculinemasculine codazoshe gave him a poke in the ribs — le dio / le pegó un codazo en el costado
- to give the fire a poke — atizar el fuego
- Lesley Vainikolo also left the Belle Vue battleground early but his double vision from a poke in the eye will not keep him out of this Friday's visit to The Shay to take on Halifax.
- Delia felt a poke and immediately turned to her father, who was holding a piece of toast out for her.
- Paige was startled out of his musings by a particularly hard poke to his back.
- The main purpose of my wee trip was to see my Uncle John and give him a poke and prod prior to his heart surgery.
- He sighed, then sneezed as an unlucky poke of the stick in the fire sent a cloud of smoke into his face.
- I laughed and gave him one last poke before I let go.
- Consumer loyalty is rewarded with a poke in the eye.
- I liked the fact that it came across as an affectionate poke, and the fact that Garth looked like a cross between one of my friends and that bloke in Can who had the big sidies.
- And he delivers this brilliant poke in the collective eye of manipulative, one-sided documentary makers everywhere.
- Her mom gave her a poke and gestured to the table.
- Her finger moved down my belly ending with a poke as she slowly pulled away backwards, turned and left me in my waking dream.
- But it was just a question of getting on with it with pokes and prods.
- After a few prods and pokes, he gave an injection for the pain, sat at his desk, lifted the phone and ordered the air ambulance.
- A poke in his side however caught his attention and he looked down to a frowning Shi who had a scolding look on her face.
- We were in the air about 45 minutes when I felt a poke in the ribs and turned to find my row-mate prodding me with his rolled-up reading material.
- With appropriate physical gentleness, have a poke and a prod and check out the territory.
- They're posh girls who talk like lads down the boozer about boobs and bums and can't resist giving them a poke and a prod in a giggly, sapphic way - all very private school changing rooms.
- I gave the house sale a good poke and prod today and it sounds as if the urgency of our situation has got through.
- On the one hand, the elections this month gave them a poke in the eye.
- I did not care for the pokes, prods, or interrogation I felt was imminent.
1.2US informal (punch)mamporro masculine informalpuñetazo masculineto give sb a poke on the nose — pegarle un puñetazo en la nariz a algn informal
2British vulgar slang(sexual act)polvo masculine slangcogida feminine Mexico River Plate vulgar slangto have a poke — follar Spain vulgar slang
1masculine monederofeminine chauchera Chilefeminine billetera
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