In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1I feel a bit ropy today — hoy estoy bastante pachucho Spain informal
- the wine was very ropy — el vino era muy malo
- he gave the same ropy old excuse — salió con la misma excusa burda de siempre
- ‘I felt ropey on the first lap,’ Radcliffe said, who had suffered a knee injury last week.
- By Wednesday I was feeling ropey.
- Put it this way: I've had the best New Years Eve out for many a year, and still feel ropey 24 hours later!
- Unfortunately, I was feeling too ropy to make my weekly journey to Arran and I definitely feel the worse for not having gone.
- I've been struck down - like almost everyone else I know - with the norovirus, although it took me till Saturday morning to work out why I was feeling so ropey.
- I had managed to have a shave the night before, but still felt pretty ropey, so I decided to get something to eat.
- So my sister has chickenpox and I'm feeling a bit ropey myself - could I be going down with it too?
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