In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1adoptar un aire despectivoto sneer at sb/sth
- he sneered at his challengers — miró desdeñosamente a sus contrincantes
- she sneered at my attempts — se burló de mis intentos
- Here we may be sneering at the devaluation of the single currency, but in Germany they're laughing all the way to the export markets.
- He looked round at me and I swear to this day he sneered at me.
- When I said that few people make real choices about their lives she sneered contemptuously at me.
- He positively sneered at me when I announced I was going to take guitar lessons.
- He smiled and she sneered at him, then took a sip of coffee and returned to poking her eggs.
- Their efforts will deserve credit, not sneering from the sidelines.
- She spent most of the time sneering down her nose at people.
- Surely the whole event reeked of the political correctness that you've made a fortune from sneering at?
- Top-hatted footmen guard the entrances, sneering politely at the clientele and keeping the passing rabble at bay.
- His stunning voice has always had a caustic force behind it, almost as if he's sneering and laughing all at once.
- Thus it's easier to regain the high ground by laughing or sneering, or complaining about art getting in the way of commuters.
- We asked their staff to buy the paper and they sneered in my face.
- Both know how to ask worthwhile questions and to draw an interviewee out without sneering at them.
- They have long sneered at the US laws on internet gaming, arguing they were unenforce-able.
- The people sneered and mocked me as I descended down the stairs.
- Their anger was a pose, and the pose made a lot of people a lot of money, even as it sneered at the commercialisation of mainstream pop and rock.
- Far better that he languishes forgotten, which would punish him, rather than give him attention by sneering at him.
- He was contemptuous and sneering in pointing out that we were in the wrong carriage.
- He sneered and shared a conspiratorial wink with someone over my shoulder.
- Far from sneering at our obsolete goods, they'd be raving about all our fabulous antiques.
1decir con sornadecir con desdén
1(expression)expresión desdeñosa femininehe told me with a sneer that ... — me dijo con desdén / sorna que ...
2(remark)comentario desdeñoso masculinecomentario despectivo masculineburla feminine
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