In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(pointed object) punta feminine(pointed object) púa feminine(pointed object) pincho masculine(pointed object) pinche masculine Argentina(on track shoes) clavo masculine(on track shoes) púa feminine Venezuela Chile(on track shoes) carramplón masculine Colombia
- I nearly died when I was 13 after I got impaled on a metal spike.
- Above Nick, just over his forehead, there was a crescent shaped piece of metal with thousands of tiny spikes.
- Splinters and jagged spikes of wood lanced into the air, and a faint coat of dust had comfortably settled over the wreckage.
- The spikes dug into the thin material of the bags, and dirt began to leak out.
- Police tried putting down spikes in front of the car; the driver managed to elude them and got away.
- I polished my axe and the spike on the shield, put on my armor and went out of the tent.
- In one case at Wakefield, a youth dangled a piece of concrete with spikes in it from a bridge.
- A tall, impenetrable wall with barbed wire and sharp metal spikes on top surrounded the entire complex.
- He was too scared to speak or move and began to shake uncontrollably as he was placed under the sharp spike.
- It is more than two metres high and made of bare metal with spikes across the top.
- Extra strong paint formulas, and wooden fences supported by metal spikes extended the life of exterior fittings in tough New England weather.
- Dozens of sharp, wooden spikes shot up from the floor below.
- Safe helmets will never feature spikes or other protruding decorations.
- Gradually, the glowing red material is hammered into an elegant spike.
- Mavale was about to spin around when he felt a cold spike of metal feel its way through his thin hair.
- Most of the spikes were still not hammered down properly.
- He reached out his arm and felt a large spike protruding from a hard, scaled surface.
- This lead to the elaboration of putting metal spikes on the ball that would be able to puncture the armor and cause injury to the opponent.
- Athletes must have running shorts, spikes are not allowed in running shoes and of course bring suitable gear for the weather.
- At present the policy is still to remove nests and eggs and provide residents with nets and spikes to stop the birds settling on houses in problem areas.
- A trainee doctor was admitted to the hospital where he works after impaling his leg on a metal spike.
1.2Physics Electricitypico masculine
- Not only can a low-quality power supply cause instability, it can cause damage to components over time, namely hard drives, which can be killed by a severe voltage spike.
- If one were to have a voltage spike, the consequences could be disastrous.
- Sometimes, a mere shut down of power or an electrical surge that emits a strong voltage spike can even destroy highly sophisticated RAID storage systems.
- Voltage surges and spikes occur for a number of reasons.
- The power has gone out and even when it's on there appear to be beefy dips and surges on the line - so large in fact that one particular voltage spike took out my TV in an impressive cloud of smoke.
1.3British (for papers)pinchapapeles masculine
1.4also spike heelUS→ stiletto
2spikes plural(running shoes)zapatillas de clavos femininezapatillas de púas feminine Venezuela Chilezapatillas con carramplones feminine Colombiapicos masculine Mexico
- To compensate 16-year-old Lewis for the injuries he sustained, Puma UK have offered him a free pair of Olympic spikes which are not yet available in the shops.
- He points to a pair of spikes on the computer graphic.
- Declan Byrne hung up his spikes, singlet and shorts in exchange for a black tie outfit as he was selected as an escort to the Limerick Rose in the 2003 Tralee contest.
- He had spoken of being inspired by Sheffield's John and Sheila Sherwood winning medals in the Mexico Olympics, of joining their club and of being given his first pair of spikes by Sheila.
4(in volleyball)remate masculineremache masculine
5(sharp increase)aumento brusco masculinea spike in production/demand — un aumento brusco de la producción/demanda
- We are currently getting an enormous boost from increased military spending, tax cuts and a temporary spike in mortgage activity for new homes and refinancing.
- Murray commented on building material prices, especially regarding sharp spikes in the prices of steel, wood, and gypsum.
- First, all sales and excise taxes feed directly into official consumer price indexes, so such increases create a sharp inflation spike.
- He thought the highs and lows of the business cycle would be far more extreme and short-lived than in the past, with sharp spikes up and down.
- There was no way to simulate a spike of that magnitude.
- And a sharp spike in interest rates would hurt some homeowners who have just got their foot on the housing ladder.
- Following the spike, the energy level rapidly decreases and reaches a low point barely 2 hours after eating.
- A spike in oil prices would have a devastating effect.
- When only promotions are used, a brand experiences a short-term spike in sales, followed by a steady decline until sales return to relative equilibrium and normal purchase cycles resume.
- This caused significant spikes in short term production but reduced the total amount of oil that could be recovered from the reservoir.
- Drinking caffeinated beverages can temporarily cause a spike in your blood pressure.
- These temporary spikes could make it seem like you don't have your blood pressure under control when you actually do.
- The strain on the world supply system has left it more vulnerable to supply disruptions and increased the likelihood of price spikes.
- These have now been replenished to some degree, which in part explains the recent spike in base metal prices.
- The sharp spike in enrollment has somewhat tapered off, however.
- That spike is followed by a corresponding crash caused by a flood of insulin, a hormone that clears sugar out of the blood and into the body's cells to be used for fuel.
- I think you're seeing something akin to what we saw in the 1970s when we had a similar kind of sharp spike in oil prices.
- The chokepoint is patrolled 24 hours a day by armed guards, resulting in lower local crime but a sharp spike in vehicle traffic.
- Childhood obesity has tripled over the past 20 years, a significant spike in a relatively short time, he says.
- The recent spike in oil prices seems to have ended as increased production has boosted supplies.
1(pierce)pincharclavarI spiked my hand on those railings — me pinché la mano en esa reja
- We do not have to spike the trees, carry protest signs, or write angry letters to our representatives.
- Each step was like a thorn spiking Mitch in the side.
- If, like mine, your lawn has soggy, poorly draining patches, spike it with a garden fork at six inch intervals.
- She quickly stomped it, cursing it for spiking her.
- I'm sometimes asked if I'd be frightened of walking through a jungle and being spiked by a thorn.
- And, if you're illuminating things away from the house, like your trees, get some outdoor floodlight holders that you can spike right into the ground.
- Make a note of such spots and on a dry day go out with a garden fork and spike the areas by pushing into the lawn to a depth of about 15 cm and rocking gently back and forth before pulling out the fork.
2.1(suppress)(rumor) silenciar(rumor) acallar
- Its editors only goofed in spiking the Augusta columns.
- And they spiked the story by their top investigative reporter, so they didn't get sued because they simply killed the story before birth.
- But the attorney adds that spiking the story may not entirely solve the problem.
- A leaked internal document shows that this is not the first time that Myers has had articles spiked by the editor.
- Was the decision to spike Sherman's story journalistic, political, or merely financial?
- Newsweek spiked the story a few years ago when they had it.
- During a radio interview, Mr Waters said the newspaper spiked his column on the grounds the article was libellous and inaccurate.
- Amid reports that the Department of Justice may spike the proposed merger, it is set to name two veterans to head its marketing forces.
- In the event, the Guardian spiked my article for unrelated reasons.
- Earlier this month there was a row over the Irish Independent spiking a story about Dunnes Stores.
- in June Blair reportedly spiked the idea of introducing ID cards - but they're back.
2.2British (discard, reject)(story/article) rechazar
3informal(add sth to)my drink was spiked — le echaron algo a mi bebida
- they spiked his lemonade with vodka — le echaron vodka en la limonada
- a comedy spiked with black humor — una comedia salpicada de humor negro
- She had insisted on all of them bringing their own water bottles, certain that the geniuses over in the football team would spike the punch.
- Howden said he drank five litres of cider, lager and beer and thought someone had spiked his drink with Ecstasy.
- His friends spiked his drink, thinking they're funny.
- While out students should make sure they don't drink excessively and also be on their guard for drinks being spiked.
- The lawyer of a New Jersey woman accused of killing her brother-in-law and spiking his drink with antifreeze says that she's confessed.
- They can use it to spike the drinks of their victims, leaving them disorientated and eventually rendering them unconscious and unable to remember past events.
- Also, if you don't know your date well take your drink with you when you go to the toilets; with so many drinks being spiked in bars these days it's better to be safe than sorry.
- He believes his drink was spiked when he left his plastic cup on the bar to go to the toilet.
- He didn't know that the drinks were previously spiked.
- Date rape drugs are used to spike victims' drinks, causing memory loss so they are vulnerable to sex attacks.
- I bet she spiked Daniel's drink and he was forced to accept responsibility.
- We have got the posters and cards up everywhere, and my staff will be slipping drink hangers into unattended drinks to show just how easy it is to spike a drink.
- Painter and decorator Geoffrey Jenks was so shocked when he failed a roadside breath test, he felt his Cokes must have been spiked, Kennet magistrates in Devizes heard on Tuesday.
- Alcohol is still the most common substance used to spike drinks, but spiking with drugs is on the increase.
- Driven by envy, his eldest brother spiked his drink with poison.
- Olive oil spiked with fresh chilli sits on the counter.
- His family is adamant that his drink was spiked.
- Or rather, if he was going to do it, I believe he'd have just spiked his own food or drink.
- ‘Our experience is that in most cases where people say their drinks were spiked, it is simply that they have drunk too much’.
- What if someone spikes my drink at the next party?
- They insist that his drink was spiked or that he drank from the wrong glass.
4Sport(ball) (in volleyball) rematar(ball) (in volleyball) remachar(ball) (in US football) lanzar contra el suelo
- In sports, the front raise is an integral part of throwing a softball, pulling upward while doing the back-stroke or spiking a volleyball.
- Whether or not you can spike a mean volleyball, there is a lot to be said for being tall.
- Despite this being a busy week in games and practices, fans were still out to see the volleyball women doing their stuff as they spiked the ball in for the win.
- I took the volleyball from him, raised it above my head and spiked it over the net.
- Jordan then spiked a ball which bounced off the ground and hit Collier, so he stopped.
- The girl in the black bikini served the ball high and Brett moved in front of Emily to spike the ball over the net.
- As he crosses the plane of the goal line, Harper plants his right foot, spins 27 degrees, and spikes the ball into the face of line judge Mike Durner.
1(type of bloom) inflorescencia de espiga feminine(type of bloom) espiga feminine(ear of grain) espiga feminine
- If Cymbidium Orchids are congested with back bulbs, remove old flower spikes and divide and re-pot in good quality Cymbidium mix.
- This lovely evergreen sports dense foliage bearing spikes of dark red flower buds during late autumn.
- To get the most enjoyment from flower spikes, pick when the first florets are beginning to open.
- The flower spikes elongate up to a foot or more over a period of weeks.
- Further, like practically all perennials, Delphinium clamps gradually develop more numerous spikes and smaller flowers.
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