In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1shoe polish — pomada feminine River Plate
- furniture polish — lustramuebles
- metal polish — limpiametales
- floor polish — abrillantador (de suelos)
- wax polish — cera (abrillantadora)
- nail polish — esmalte (de uñas)
1.2(sheen, gloss)brillo masculinelustre masculinehigh polish — gran brillo / lustre
- The floors sparkled with polish, as did the freshly cleaned windows and chandelier.
- A high degree of polish is achieved when the shaping plywood forms are faced with smooth plastic and the concrete is vibrated as it is being poured in place.
- Grace holds herself up with her hand against the floor, which has acquired a bright sheen of polish.
1.3(act)to give sth a polish — lustrar algo Latin America
- The heat burnishes the surface, creating a look different from a wet polish.
- The army of artisans have gone and all that remains to do before the public unveiling of a perfect 18 th-century time capsule is a quick polish of the family busts.
- I would be very surprised if at year's end Caroline didn't take her crystal ball in for a polish - I think our captain is primed for 2003.
- Sculptor Jonathan Clarke took her back to his workshop in Bury St Edmunds for a polish, which was scheduled to take six weeks.
- With that he escorted Jones to a hotel, insisted on paying the bill and when he drove his cousin back to the airfield next morning the autogyro had been filled with fuel - and given a polish.
- Watch for terms such as ‘clarity enhanced’, as this means the diamond has been artificially altered, not given an extra polish.
- They need either some paint or varnish and, what brass handles remain, certainly need a good polish.
- Softer limestone is not dense enough to withstand a full polish and like sandstone is left with a subtle honed surface.
- As any matelot will confirm, to get a good polish, a little spit and a lot of elbow grease go along way, so let's see if Combet and Burrows can for once lead by example
- After giving their treasured vehicles a final polish, the drivers joined the parade to the delight of spectators of all ages.
- Given to all the promises of improved handling, bigger crashes and a better structure, it certainly feels like it's had enough of a polish to live up to its claims.
- Next, the sights are installed and a final polish is done to blend all the edges, such as fitting the back of the extractor and ejector flush with the slide.
- He has the sense to wear a nice suit in a dark navy wool but matches it with terrible, cheap loafers with a metal bar across the instep that are in desperate need of a polish and a reheel.
- The underside of the panelled floor can be painted any colour, and the glass is sandblasted for a raised texture and given an acid polish for a shiny non-slip surface.
- At that point, Brother Francis removed his glasses and gave them a vigorous polish, a sure sign that we were approaching the theological nub of the lesson.
- Today it sits collecting dust and is in serious need of a polish.
- I've even been damp dusting rather than just a quick polish but it's barely touching the surface.
- I gave my spectacles a final polish, dumped the tissue in the waste bin I call my side pocket, and started back home to the sound of Schubert in the player.
2(refinement)his style lacks polish — tiene que pulir su estilo
- this upbringing gave her a certain polish — haber sido criada así le dio un cierto barniz (de refinamiento)
- Those harsh wartime experiences deeply affected her playing - reviewers noted it had lost its polish and finesse - and she resolved to regain it.
- It adds a degree of polish and when used carefully, makes life more enjoyable for those around you.
- This year's refinement and polish should keep it at the top.
- Shot entirely in Alberta - mostly around the Peace River area - on a moderate budget, the film is devoid of glamour or polish.
- This meant that in his search for a new language to express himself he was obliged to break existing artistic conventions, which required an elegance and polish that stifled all feelings.
- Martin blends the elegance, grace, and polish of a confident professional with the spirited excitement of an emerging star.
- He projected the music with clarity and polish, with details gaining expression through a sweet resilient tone.
- These artists added sophisticated polish to country music, facilitating its popularity among middle-class audiences.
- The service is big on smiles, but low on polish - our initial order for mineral water is completely bungled.
- He soon made a strong impression in Germany as a brilliant and original conductor, who achieved great polish and refinement in his performances.
- But its polish and refined gameplay make up for what it lacks in innovation, and render it one of the best light gun games ever.
- That sign is to remind them that if they don't behave with polish and refinement at all times, they'll be punished.
- The artwork, attractively printed in blue ink on an off-white ground, has polish and clarity.
- Audiences and potential clients have become more sophisticated, demanding a higher degree of polish and professionalism.
- Pamper yourself a little, and experiment with new ideas that will add glamour or polish to your very own Christmas wrapping.
- All poets write poems with varying degrees of polish, and for most poets, the unfinished poems are exactly that: not finished.
- We are so covered with layers and layers of refinement, of social polish, of airs and graces and civilization and pretensions that the human in us almost ceases to exist.
- The Galliard Ensemble plays with sparkle, polish and a good deal of panache.
- If most of what you know of German quality and polish is lardy-voice car commercials, then the truth of the place comes as a pleasant surprise.
- It is primarily entertainment that Lee delivers with enough polish and style to keep you involved until the closing scene.
1polacothe Polish Corridor — el Pasillo de Dánzig
1(floor/car/table) darle brillo a(floor/car/table) sacarle brillo a(car/table/floor) lustrar Latin America(shoes) limpiar(shoes) lustrar Latin America(shoes) bolear Mexico(shoes) embolar Colombia(brass/chrome) limpiar(brass/chrome) darle brillo a(brass/chrome) sacarle brillo a(lens/mirror) limpiar(stone) pulirto polish one's nails — pintarse las uñas
- When Anna arrived in the servant's quarters, she found Manuel shining and polishing a knife.
- ‘I like my glasses,’ I said, taking them off to polish them with the hem of my shirt.
- The surface can always be polished to shine, but with time the sparkle fades.
- Before we were done the innkeeper came out once again and took up a post by his bar, needlessly polishing his mugs.
- She removed her glasses and began to polish them on her sleeve.
- In the stables, hands fed and watered the horses, and groomed their white coats until they shone, and polished the tack until they see dull reflections in the leather.
- Roy's head is looking extra shiny after John polished it for him earlier.
- We can also just polish the silver and brighten a room.
- The ends of the cork stoppers are then polished to present a smooth surface to the wine.
- We must cut off the zips, buttons and collars to leave the material smooth enough to be used as a rag to polish cars.
- A woman in a grey smock goes round polishing each glass cover after it's been kissed.
- Generally speaking, he will polish the surface and make it smooth if the subject is a young female.
- The doctor took off his glasses and polished them.
- It peels off without any residue, but as I usually do, you may want to polish it up with some rubbing alcohol.
- She frowned and began once more to polish it with round rubbing strokes.
- A white-bearded old man removed his glasses and polished them on his coat.
- Don't polish the silver too brightly or remove the fluff too diligently from your freshly starched soft furnishings.
- To reiterate, you need to dust the shelves, polish any wooden surfaces and shine the glass and mirrors, clean the floor and tidy up to some extent.
- It was raining when I arrived and the traffic had been busy so I was only just on time, I hurried into the chapel area, took a seat near the back and started to polish the raindrops from my glasses.
- A housekeeper polishes a glass cabinet displaying delicate mementos from Norway and New Zealand.
2(refine)(style/performance/accent) pulir(performance/accent/style) perfeccionar
- Absolutely no effort was made to restore the worst-preserved episodes or to polish up even the most glaring video deficiencies.
- We know he has always loved the art of campaigning, and he seems to be relishing this opportunity to sell a ton of books and also to polish up his legacy.
- I quite liked them - if that's not too damning with faint praise. My only real comment would be that they perhaps needed to polish up their stage act a bit.
- More than 170 heads of state are expected to attend the meeting, which was intended to polish up the UN's image.
- But it seems that almost everyone who wants to polish up their tarnished images wants to be associated with the cause.
- ‘For being an agent you really need to polish up on your lying skills,’ Nathan teased as he entered the hall.
- That will be the annual salary for the new executive needed to polish up Southampton's public relations.
- Once the boat lift is open you'll be desperate to get in on the fantastic sailing and canoeing opportunities it opens up and who better to help you polish up your technique than Monster Activities.
- Perhaps the Democratic Underground should get Tim to polish up some of their conspiracy theories for them sometime.
- The acts will be able to polish up their routines on mats and screens which provide dancers with steps to follow while playing a particular song.
- Locally, you might polish up your work for the Alexandra Writers' Centre Society FreeFall Fiction and Poetry Contest.
- So forgive me if I polish up the script of this interview a little by removing some of the most rambling parts.
- We have eight weeks to polish up our voices and learn the songs.
- I really thank Ben for helping out and getting Ivan to polish up his guitar skills, teaching Charissa her first few chords.
- So now it's the adults' turn to polish up their singing, dancing, recitation and music playing skills in time for the Senior Scor competition in February.
- Your student even gets to polish up on his finger snaps!
- The thing I really regret is not being able to polish up a wittier answer to those who do care to ask what happened.
- Most of us can't afford sub-editors or proof-readers to polish our prose and buff up our banter.
- I feel you would have a first-class high-selling novel if you could polish up the story in the areas I've mentioned.
- As his fourth season in charge reaches the point of no return, he must inspire his side to polish up their reputation once again.
- He escaped only because he was allowed to make a phone call and was able to alert his wife by speaking in his native Polish.
- It could be dubbed into Polish or Mongolian and you'd still be able to identify it as a product of Paris.
- In a burst of Polish translated by her husband, Zofia says she likes it better than Poland.
- One is a pocket guide to the fishes of the world, but I have just finished The Old Man and the Sea in Polish and need no more fish this week.
- How much of this was due to his Polish and how much to his own curious outlook on the world one cannot say.
- It was a French version of a volume he originally published in Polish in 1931 and quickly became a classic.
- The couple talked loudly in Polish at each other, across my field of vision, and I felt invaded.
- The full statement of the Polish cabinet is available here, in Polish.
- It would be nice to have a book discussing Lem's works in Polish which are out of reach for readers in English.
- Listeners to the station heard shots and then an announcement in Polish that it was time for the Poles to attack Germany.
- It was written in his native Polish and translated by the Vatican into Italian.
- If you don't speak Polish, click on the Union Jack icon at the top left for details in English.
- By lunchtime, she could introduce herself in Polish, and the children could do likewise in German.
- It provides some blurry information, but not much: the script of the few captions is tiny, and in Polish.
- Cornell brought in a Polish women who said that the medium did in fact speak Polish.
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