In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(piece of cloth)trapo masculinelike a red rag to a bull
- mentioning that to him is like a red rag to a bull — mencionarle eso es pincharlo para que se enfurezca
- to feel like a wet rag — estar hecho un trapo / un guiñapo
- to have the rag on / be on the rag — tener la regla / el período
- to lose one's rag — (get angry) explotar
2informal, derogatory(newspaper)periodicucho masculine derogatory
3(tattered clothes)haraposandrajosdressed in rags — andrajoso
- from rags to riches — de la pobreza a la fortuna
- his was a classic rags-to-riches story — el suyo fue el clásico caso del pobre que hace fortuna
1Britishinformal, datedtomarle el pelo a informal
- Hey, I'm not ragging you guys, it's nice to know someone actually reads my stuff…
- Nick's friends rag him about being Suzanne's lapdog, especially after they find out Nick has offered to drive her to the airport.
- The lads were ragging me about that, declaring I had lost my touch, he laughed.
- It's like watching your child being ragged in the schoolyard.
- Instead of being ragged and teased on all year like I was last year, I decided to bring just a few cassettes that I made over the summer.
- I apologize to Mr. Russell for ragging him but that's what happens when you have a rock garden named after you.
- Mind you, that didn't stop us from ragging him rotten all day about being ‘under-equipped’!
- He keeps it light and he has just the right touch and timing to know when to rag me about it and when to lay off and let me do things in my own time.
- In interviews, he is so polished and articulate that his teammates rag him as an Ivy Leaguer (he went to Nebraska).
- I clearly recall ragging my mother for her expensive taste in clothing before I was even a pre-teen.
- Apparently they are not impressed about my ragging their class mascot.
- They rag each other endlessly about race and all its permutations, yet two men couldn't be more bonded together than they are in these mysteries.
- He leaned down to gather clean water in the rag for rinsing, running the cloth over the same areas.
- Pure-white, 100-percent cotton rags are the choice of professional painters.
- Then he disassembled the rifle and cleaned it with rags and a long, thin brush.
- Presently she came back with a kettle of water still warm from the noon fire and a bundle of clean rags.
- Before she could even get to the rags to start cleaning, she collapsed on the floor.
- Waving pieces of wing fabric and burning oily rags in a bucket, the men enthusiastically entered into this exercise, mindful that it might save them from another night at sea.
- Finally, polish the tiles with soapy water and a rag or sponge to remove the dried-on film of grout.
- She hurried over to one of the cabinets, not waiting for an answer, and pulled out a bottle of witch hazel and two clean rags.
- Forty-five years ago, he duked it out with his father over whether to expand into uniforms from the business of reclaiming and cleaning industrial rags.
- It hadn't taken Lee long to come back with a clean wet cloth before the cold rag was pressed to Kris' scalp.
- ‘Here, let me help you,’ he picked a rag and started cleaning Jonas' closet doors.
- Then she turns back around and hands me a rag, ‘Go clean off the tables then get out of here.’
- Even pieces of rags were shoved into the gaps peeping through the corners of its locked door.
- Quickly, he ran to grab some rags to clean up, shaking his head - he knew he'd ruined his chance.
- The material looked to be nothing more than a small piece of an old rag or the corner of an old handkerchief.
- The woman strode quickly to the tables, scooped up a few fallen petals, and dusted the throne with a clean rag, though it was already sparkling magnificence.
- Though it follows no known pattern of quiltmaking, and though it is made of bits and pieces of worthless rags, it is obviously the work of a person of powerful imagination and deep spiritual feeling.
- Christie kept her eyes fixed on the girl as she wiped her hands clean on a rag and straightened her apron, finally coming out of the kitchen into the hall.
- There should be a clean rag under my pillow on the cot.
- He searches through drawers and finds a rag to clean the kit.
- Their faces are scarred from infections caused by sandfly bites, and they are dressed in filthy rags.
- As part of a campaign to tame his wild bride, the groom showed up late, wearing rags and old boots, and carrying a broken sword.
- He is barely recognisable among the grime, dressed in filthy rags and as anaemic and leaden as his surroundings.
- There's one guy who gets on the tube with an accordion, while his son, in tattered rags, goes up and down the aisles with a Pringles can to collect spare change.
- At the welcoming ceremony all the children lined up, looking like brilliant, unidentifiable flowers in their rags and robes of reds and maroons.
- These women, of every age of life, with their tattered rags falling off their thin arms, stood silent as we passed.
- You could see the homeless on the streets, in their tattered rags and scraps of what were once new, clean clothes; they were all begging.
- Who would leave a child in this kind of weather in nothing but rags?
- He was shabbily dressed, but not in tattered rags as many of the beggars had been.
- There was no water to drink or wash in and children were begging, dressed in filthy rags.
- In rags she huddled in the corner of her dank cell.
- Why were the noble elite of an advanced Iron Age tribe dressed in drab rags and covered in mud?
- The city and its people were immaculately clean, the paths and squares swept, and the humblest canoemen clean in his rags.
- A lone figure in tattered oily rags walked away from the work pit, ignoring the grunts and noise as slaves returned to their tasks.
- But they don't moan, because it's not that big a deal; they simply don their gaudy rags and their dancing shoes and get on with it.
- Clothed in gray rags, the expression on her face was happier than anyone else's Marcy had ever seen: half joy, half, Marcy perceived, stark, raving mad.
- The photograph depicts two youths in horrendously tattered rags.
- The ‘paint’ consisted of about ten people dressed in multicloured rags who either held on or let go of the roller as the effect required.
- They were dressed and starring blankly around the room at the other girls who were obviously forcing themselves out of bed and into their tattered rags.
- He had a clean appearance despite his rags and an honest weary face.
- It is based on traditions of rag music and social protest lyrics.
- It definitely puts his performances of Scott Joplin's rags in a different light!
- Composed rags were widely published and became extremely popular among white amateur pianists, though it is likely that the black creators of ragtime would have played in a much freer manner than the written music suggests.
- Each book contains ballads, blues, Latin pieces and rags.
1(in British universities)
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1Musiccomposición de ragtime feminine
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