In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(refuse)basura femininehousehold rubbish — residuos domésticos masculine
- rubbish chute — ducto
- rubbish collection — recogida de basuras
- rubbish dump / tip — vertedero (de basuras)
- rubbish heap — montón de basura
2informal(junk)porquerías feminine informalthey only eat rubbish — solo comen porquerías informal
3informal(nonsense)tonterías feminineestupideces femininechorradas feminine Spain informalpavadas feminine River Plate informalto talk rubbish — decir estupideces (or tonterías etc.)
- that's a load of (old) rubbish — son puras tonterías (or estupideces etc.)
- as exclamation I'm too old to play tennis — rubbish! — estoy muy viejo para jugar al tenis — ¡no digas tonterías (or estupideces etc.)!
1poner por los suelos
1pésimode porquería South America informalthe new carpenter's rubbish — el nuevo carpintero es un desastre
- The wonderful thing about football is that you can always find something to lighten up your day - even when you've got no leg room, a restricted view and are watching a rubbish game at Oldham.
- We constantly hear about people being encouraged to dump their cars and get on the bus but then we are left with a rubbish bus service.
- It sounds like a rubbish chain of hotels.
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