In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1bomba femininehand/foot pump — bomba de mano/de pie
- to prime the pump — sacar las cosas adelante
1(supply)bombearto pump sth into sth — bombear algo a algo
- to pump air into a tire — inflar un neumático
- they have pumped cash into the project for years — llevan años invirtiendo dinero en el proyecto
- our teacher pumped us full of dates — el profesor nos embutió una cantidad de fechas
- they pumped him full of lead — lo acribillaron a balazos
2(drain)to pump sth out of sth — sacar algo de algo con una bomba
- to pump sb's stomach out — hacerle un lavado de estómago a algn
- to pump sth dry — dejar algo seco
- to pump sb dry — exprimir a algn
3informal(ask)he was pumping me for information/money — me estaba tratando de (son)sacar información/de sacar dinero
4(pedal/handle/treadle) mover de arriba abajohe pumped my hand — me dio un fuerte apretón de manos
- to pump iron — hacer pesas
2(move vigorously)moverse con fuerza
1US(court shoe)zapato (de) salón masculine
- I love those late 70s babes. All glossy red lips, court pumps, kinky smiles and not a hint of plastic surgery.
- These beautiful Christian Louboutin Two Tone Court pumps are to simply die for.
2Britishdated(gym shoe)zapatilla feminine
- Amber ran down a side street, suddenly glad that she had worn tennis shoes instead of pumps.
- If you buy the kids plimsolls for PE, rather than pumps, you probably live in East Yorkshire - or outside the region.
- She is as guilty as the next girl, admitting to jogging in tennis pumps rather than specialist running shoes.
3British(ballet shoe style)bailarina femininemanoletina feminine Spainchatita feminine River Plate
- The shoes where really nice black dancing pumps that made me taller.
- ‘I've got a pair of silver dancing pumps at home,’ he said wistfully.
- And then of course there's Billy himself, who dances until his pumps start to smoulder in a hugely likeable performance.
- As the troupe marches Fred down the platform, his dancing pumps dissolve into marching boots.
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