In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
transitive verbsapped, sapping
1(drain, weaken)(energy/strength/enthusiasm) minar(energy/strength/enthusiasm) socavar(confidence/health) minar(faith) hacer tambalear
- Would I have the nerve to pick out a wig that was fun and frivolous, or would the illness sap my sense of humor?
- Still, he's a flawed guy, and the Philistines capitalize on this by sending in top-secret operative Delilah, the seductive hottie charged with sapping Samson of his strength (no, not that way).
- Walking the short distance to the mall seemed to have sapped him of all his remaining strength.
- He kept his arms and legs moving, feeling the energy sap from his muscles.
- Mildew destroys new shoots on apples and gradually saps the tree's vigor.
- And it did, too, until he caught a virus that sapped him of his usual, boundless energy and he struggled the first two weeks of the season.
- By the fall of 1956, the movement was in full decline-its strength sapped by controversy, petty infighting, and public apathy.
- Overcooking vegetables saps them of flavour and texture and makes them far less healthy to eat, as the vitamins and minerals become lost in the cooking water.
- There are thousands of Internet radio stations that sap the power of a small number of program directors.
- To abandon this tradition would sap Australia's sense of itself.
- It was before the blood disorder amyloidosis began sapping his strength, and he had just delivered a rollicking speech, without notes as usual, to a hugely appreciative audience.
- But I suspect that the close-sounding amplification was slightly sapping the singers' powers of expression.
- The last vision had been so vivid that it had sapped her of nearly all of her strength.
- He planned to sap Elisabeth of all her powers, and then to take over the bridge and all worlds.
- Pretending to be a happy guy around Stephanie was just sapping me of my energy reserves, as did listening to her, since these days she expected an actual answer instead of a nod.
- South Morang is a ludicrously boring place which saps you of the will to do anything but turn around and go home.
- He might be back, too, if his mysterious benign tumor stops sapping him of his strength.
- Last week was occupied with preparations for and the writing of the Obernewtyn Awards, which rather sapped me of creative energy.
- Minute by minute he was sapped of precious strength.
- For example, you may in a rush grab processed or sugary snacks and drink lots of coffee, which can lower your immunity and sap your energy.
- Long debates and community objections more often than not sap initial energy.
- The spirit of individualism is sapping the strength and resolve of early pioneers, but some of this spirit is still alive, and this makes it possible for the Israeli society to withstand the generation-long pressure.
- Painkillers sapped his strength and cottonwooled his consciousness.
- Over the past months, as I had tried unsuccessfully to fight colds and infections, a tumor had been growing inside my chest, sapping my strength and will power.
- Gradually but surely, that tiresome old anecdote has sapped my strength, undermined my constitution, withered my life.
- Despite his physical fitness Jack's weight has already gone from 14 stone to 12 stone sapping him of vital energy.
- She even fed him and kept him healthy for six weeks, but producing milk sapped her of the last of her energy and she had to be put down.
- What she had seen last week had sapped her of all energy.
- I wondered why she didn't get up then I realized that shock had sapped her of her strength.
- The theory behind this global community outreach program of mine is that the quickest and easiest way to sap the power out of racial slurs and stereotypes is to dilute them with a bunch of nonsense.
- Happiness saps me of the will to write, because there are plenty of other things that I could be doing, like frolicking merrily through forests, mountain biking, or charming people with my wit and erudition.
- Too much anxiety or fear leads to a constant flood of adrenaline in your body, which can eventually sap you of energy.
- Your official passion for evidence is gradually sapping your brilliant intellect and smothering your instincts.
- Until now Zak, who can't eat and is fed through tubes in his stomach, only had to go on oxygen at night after his oxygen levels dropped sapping him of energy.
- Some theorists were attracted to notions of climatic determinism, believing that heat and humidity would sap Australians' intellectual powers.
- This work, however, saps them of the strength required to fulfill their dreams.
- He just didn't realize that, in addition to making him wheeze and sneeze, pollens could sap him of his energy.
- The moment of straining to control the extra power had taken some of my reserves, sapping my magical strength.
- She was also there as carer when Alzheimer's disease sapped his memory in the sunset of his life at the couple's Bel-Air home.
- But for businesses, foreign competition saps pricing power, forcing companies to improve efficiency and cut costs.
- It took me over an hour to get there for I met all the infantry coming down the sap.
- Immediately after the explosion, the besiegers could assault the fortress or extend their sap trenches into the crater and reinforce them with gabions.
- Major-General Pratt ordered his men to dig a long sap trench.
- In the British army, a standard cry was ‘follow the sapper’, the term for those who, under engineer officers, dug the saps or shelter trenches used in the attack on fortresses.
transitive verbsapped, sapping
1(wall/fortification) zapar(wall/fortification) socavar
- They complained that they were not allowed to use bombs or to sap and mine the streets held by the insurgents, and they did not want to give quarter to anyone any more.
- The main section of this unit comprised of paratroopers, including those trained in sapping.
- The geophone, an instrument invented by the French during the War to detect sapping operations of the Germans underground, has been developed by U. S. Engineers for rescue work in mines, gauging tunnel borings, etc.
- The engineers, in fortification and in sapping, were superior to those of other armies and already made use of electric detonators in the 1850s.
1(fool)infeliz feminineinocentón masculine informalinocentona feminine informalthose poor saps — esos pobres diablos
- He idly wondered who the poor saps were who would be saddled with the escort duty on that one.
- Carey wanted the insipid, social-climbing saps to leave her alone.
- So what happens to those poor saps who write encyclopedias for a living?
- Superficially, I can picture only saps or children falling prey.
- The message I get from this ad is total jerks and saps favor Carl's Jr's.
- By cutting taxes, we can make the saps work harder and raise even more money for the welfare/warfare state.
- Some poor saps nominate their wife or mammy, but the 24-carat buck responds, ‘John Doe, managing director of company X’ (ie, the boss).
- You can groove with your honey while not feeling like such a sap.
- I had thought about buying a place up here myself, but then I'd be obligated to entertain social climbing saps and I do enough of that when Parliament is in session.
- Thank goodness the cameras are there to capture Lady Luck smiling on these heartbroken saps, who really just want to find real love.
- You haven't dragged some poor sap along all this way, have you?
- The poor saps (myself included) who have tried to use this Web site have already lost more time and leasing agreements than any benefit we might have earned through its availability off-campus.
- They most certainly wanted all the saps watching to believe in the sign's authenticity and go hunting for this mysterious website.
- If Brit-pop's in fact dead, there's a nation of lonely-hearted saps ready to pick up the pieces of shattered hearts from the rainy country and lead a world of crybabies to salvation.
- Television writers are usually tiny, weak, sunlight-deprived saps who are kept chained to a wall in a cupboard.
- Although, few came right out and said it, the implication was that socially concerned investors were good-hearted saps, destined for sub-par returns.
- It is naturally assumed not only that we poor saps queuing in line need constant diversion, but that we need infantile diversion of the worst kind.
- This writer's contempt for the sensitive sap alone on a stool with his nylon-stringed guitar is matched only by his admiration for the one-man band-similar, but so much cooler.
- Why not live in the moment - and make other saps pay your way?
- Walk into any bar on a Friday night and she's sure to be there, working her delicate trade, soaking up free drinks as fast as she can get saps to buy them.
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