In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(stifle)(person) asfixiar(person) ahogar(flames) sofocar(flames) extinguir(flames) apagar
2(suppress)(report) silenciar(report) echar tierra sobre(fear/jealousy) dominar(jealousy/fear) reprimir(doubts) acallar(yawn/giggle) reprimir(yawn/giggle) contenerall opposition was smothered by the regime — el régimen acalló toda oposición
- he tried to smother his anger — trató de contenerse / dominarse
3(cover profusely)to smother sb/sth with / in sth
- they smothered us with kindness — nos colmaron de atenciones
- she smothered him with kisses — lo cubrió de besos
- he smothers everything in tomato sauce — todo lo come bañado en salsa de tomate
1(person) asfixiarse(person) ahogarsethe baby smothered (to death) — el niño murió asfixiado
- One way to smother a small fire is to cover it with a heavy blanket.
- There had been attempts to smother the fire, but it had caused it to only burn stronger than before.
- He told the trial at Reading Crown Court he could find ‘no clear evidence’ to suggest that any of Patel's three babies had been smothered or deliberately suffocated.
- Porter was asked if he wanted to comment on the pathologist's opinion that his daughter was probably killed by being smothered.
- Extinguish or smother the fire on the drapes with wet towels and water.
- I put my hand over her mouth, not hard enough to smother her, but firmly enough to give her the message not to speak.
- But once we got some foam to cover the bulk of the fire and smother the flames we were able to bring it under control much quicker.
- It was claimed she had smothered baby Christopher at the family's home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and either did the same to Harry or shook him to death.
- Without even asking Desdemona if it is true or not, Othello kills her by smothering her.
- The pilots took it up to 1000-ft or so and released the fire retardant that smothered the fire and left only smoke trailing out.
- Maybe trying to smother your feelings right now is not the healthiest thing for you.
- I had realized he was special then, but I smothered the feeling.
- Tayrah took a deep breath and smothered the anger she felt approaching and then quickly changed the subject.
- ‘the state can sometimes become part of the problem, by smothering the enthusiasm of its citizens’.
- Jolted out of my hard-earned sleep, I sat back on the bench and smothered a yawn, hoping that Madam wouldn't see.
- Sue is my Dad's girlfriend, Sharon is her daughter, and the girls are her 13 year old Grandchildren that smother my Dad with kisses.
- Rich city parents smother their children with cash and cars and innumerable liberties to take their lives ‘in their own hands'. These are the same parents who forget that their kid can't add 24 and 42 in his head.
- When I was asked to cover a Territorial Army competition I jumped at the chance of donning Army fatigues and smothering my face in camouflage paint.
- In July, crews fighting a blaze in a three-acre manure lagoon at a dairy farm in Washington smothered the flames with more of the same - a blanket of wet cow manure.
- David lowered his mouth onto Trixie's, then smothered her entire face with kisses.
- He didn't notice the ‘buffalo ‘flavor on the chicken because he smothered the sandwich in BBQ sauce.’
- This verse was particularly grim: ‘You are my true love, I want to smother your face with kisses.’
- When that wasn't enough, he then smothered the man in makeup, a cumbersome costume, and ludicrous prosthetics.
- The most popular theory is that a cloud of dust smothered the earth in a thick haze that would have blocked out the sun.
- Stallman believed that when commercial companies smother their software with patents and copyrights, everybody loses.
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