In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- My maid is coming in the morning and I need to get the place straight so she can actually clean.
- I was pretty tired by evening - unpacking and trying to get the house straight had really taken it out of me, so instead of staying up to watch Big Brother, I went to bed early.
- It took eight solid hours of cleaning to get the place straight.
1.1(not curved or wavy)(line/nose/stick/edge) recto(hair) lacio(hair) liso(road) recto(road) sin curvas(coat/skirt) rectoto walk in a straight line — caminar en línea recta
- keep your knees straight — no dobles las rodillas
- he walks with a straight back — camina muy erguido
- a straight left/right — un directo con la izquierda/derecha
- straight cylinders — cilindros en línea
- It is visible down a straight approach road for nearly half a mile.
- Other jackets and pants have a completely new and fuller body shape, where trousers are full, very long and straight and are worn loose at the waist.
- They come pleated in long styles as well as straight and swinging styles and skirt suits are back.
- Women wear a straight black skirt with a slit through which can be seen layers and layers of white lace.
- My hair was straight naturally, so I usually didn't do anything with it; I liked it the way it was.
- Denise reappeared, wearing a straight blue skirt, trying to compose herself but still looking very embarrassed.
- My hair was straight and hung about two inches over my shoulders; not long and shiny like my sister's locks.
- As a result, two of the remaining races will be divided to make up a six-race programme which will be staged entirely on the straight course.
- I'll be pedalling along, quietly making time along a fairly straight length of road, and be thinking to myself.
- This consisted of a white fitted shirt, a blue straight skirt which came just above the knee and a blue sweatshirt and tie.
- Once here, they invented straight roads, central heating, Latin lessons and a lasting tourist industry in Bath.
- Sally suggests putting together a pair of straight trousers with a biggish top and a belt slung around loosely.
- His hair was naturally straight and it ended at around his neck area.
- There are straight stretches and sharp bends and that is why there are so many fatalities on that road.
- As the bus pelts towards Paramaribo past scattered dwellings on a dead straight road, I'm reminded of home.
- He says because it is a long straight road motorists are ignoring the speed limit.
- Her hair was straight and had two braids that went from her temples to the back of her head.
- As a result, trails often meander instead of following straight courses.
- Her straight hair is tied in a ponytail and her eye shadow looks fresh.
- It appears he negotiated a corner but crashed as he turned onto a straight section of road.
- Her hair was naturally straight so there was no reason to brush it.
- She wore a straight black skirt that reached to the floor and a white blouse with silver buttons.
- What name is given to the effect that causes a straight stick to appear bent when we put part of its length under water?
- Martin had brought them back into the City via Westgate road again, because it was a nice straight route that he liked despite its ups and downs.
- The bride, given in marriage by her father Sean, looked radiant in a white satin, long sleeved straight dress, with a long train.
- We selected a basic straight skirt, but skirts this season have detailing you might want to consider.
- Kneel on all fours with arms straight and wrists in line with shoulders.
- Choose jackets, tailored suits and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts.
- The roads were straight and empty, and coconut trees still dominated the landscape.
- Her long, straight hair fell over her shoulders in a smooth curtain to her waist and framed her face with a startling effect.
- She was wearing a simple gray T-shirt and jeans that weren't flared, but weren't straight either.
- The waitresses wear authentic Thai clothes and look elegant in their long straight skirts and blouses in silks of every hue of the rainbow.
- After a quick survey of the room, she saw that she was one of a handful of women whose hair was straight rather than curly.
- I see a lot of girls in the media with beautiful faces and long, straight hair.
- In fact, almost the whole way from Kiev we encountered few cars along the wide, forest-lined, straight road.
- At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.
- She was certainly pretty, with straight hair down to her lower back, perfectly brushed.
- I threw my head back and laughed, letting my long, straight hair fall down my back.
- With her thick, straight hair and tanned skin, she really could be Olivia's sister.
- Two cars start off at the same point on a straight highway facing opposite directions.
- Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel from time to time.
- Commuters are attracted to areas where house prices are still relatively low and the road is straight.
- The straight black skirt made her legs longer and her hips curvier; it showed her figure.
- Some wear navy printed straight skirts with embroidered shoes and embroidered scarves on their heads.
- I have naturally straight hair, but lately it started to curl more than I'd like it to.
- The road is now straight, a highway surrounded by farms and the occasional factory.
- There was apparently to be a return to popularity of the three-quarter tunic buttoning down the back and the straight skirt.
- She watched as the rain rinsed off Evelyn's layers of make-up and her straight hair became frizzy curls.
- The biggest problem with having thin, straight hair is its evident lack of volume.
- In the doorway stood a thin lady with straight hair to her shoulders.
- They wore satin dresses with scalloped bodices and straight skirts and carried cream and cerise roses.
- Some stylists are great with, say, thick full hair but have no idea how to do thin straight hair.
- There is a mistaken belief that it is a straight road, while in fact there is a slight bend.
- Police regard the village as a speeding hot spot because of the long, straight roads in the area.
- Newark Road is a long straight road so drivers can build up a lot of speed driving down it, so we need traffic-calming measures to slow them down.
- Opening the door he saw a young woman, the same age as Maggie, but with dark, straight hair, and dark eyes.
- What surprises me is how often they appear beside a straight piece of road.
- I have long, straight hair and I don't want it to be curly so please keep that in mind.
- The men wear their long straight hair in braids and wear blue ponchos and white pants.
- The girl on the left had straight hair, unlike the other girl's, which was wavy.
- She admits to feeling jealous of her younger brother's darker skin, thick straight hair and wide brown eyes.
- I have trouble finding jeans that have a straight leg and high waist.
1.2(level, upright, vertical)to be straight — estar derecho
- is this picture (hanging) straight? — ¿está derecho el cuadro?
- is my tie straight? — ¿tengo la corbata derecha / bien puesta?
- your tie isn't straight — llevas / tienes la corbata torcida
- In order to cast it, the arm has to be straight and the fingers flexed.
- She walked up to me and straightened the already straight collar of my tuxedo jacket.
- I dressed with care, making sure my tie was straight and my shirt-tail was tucked into my slacks.
- The black tie was straight and positioned perfectly, giving him an overall very professional appearance.
- His cherry-red bow tie was perfectly straight, his white shirt immaculately ironed.
- Taking a deep breath she checked her skirt was straight, brushed one strand of hair behind her ear and exhaled.
- Before each journey: check that the car seat straps are straight and properly adjusted to allow for the thickness of your child's clothes.
- Experienced masons keep their string lines taut to help them lay straight courses.
- At the end of the three-hour operation, his vertebral column looked straight.
- Your back should be reasonably straight and upright.
- The goal is to make your spine mostly straight and aligned while you rest.
- Even his tie, blown to one side by a slight wind, was back to its normal straight position.
2(in order)is my hair straight? — ¿tengo bien el pelo?
- I have to get / put my room straight — tengo que ordenar / arreglar mi cuarto
- I need a few days to put / set / get my affairs straight — necesito unos días para poner mis asuntos en orden
- if I pay for the coffees, we'll be straight — si pago los cafés quedamos / estamos en paz
- to get sth straight
- let's get this straight — a ver si nos entendemos
- you have to make sure you've got your facts straight — tienes que asegurarte de que la información que tienes es correcta
- I went to see the boss to set the record straight — fui a ver al jefe para aclarar las cosas
- just to set the record straight, I never actually said that — que conste que yo nunca dije eso
- to put / set sb straight about sth — aclararle algo a algn
- I soon put him straight — enseguida le aclaré las cosas
3.1(direct, clear)(refusal/denial) rotundo(refusal/denial) categóricothe proposal met with a straight rejection — la propuesta fue rechazada de plano
- it's a straight choice between buying a car or going on holiday — la alternativa es clara: o compramos un coche o nos vamos de vacaciones
- this is a straight borrowing from an earlier work — esto está sacado directamente de una obra anterior
- I made $20,000 straight profit — saqué 20.000 dólares limpios de beneficio
- she's on straight commission — trabaja solo a comisión
- to vote straight Democrat — votar a los demócratas para todos los cargos
- it's a straight fight — es un mano a mano
- she got straight A's — sacó sobresaliente en todo
- I have a lot of respect for him because he was always straight with me.
- But one thing I did notice: in interviews, Clarke is refreshingly good at giving a straight answer.
- But the people he deals with are all evasive to the point that he can't get a straight answer.
- A The straight answer is that it's possible, but very unlikely.
- On the issue of the replacement, the coach said it was not as simple as making a straight swap.
- They refused to give straight answers to many of his questions, often citing reasons of national security.
- They can't even explain why they wouldn't give me a straight answer.
- The younger woman kept silent, wishing her mother would just give her a straight answer for a change and stop lecturing.
- Italy usually leaves non-meat eaters with a straight choice between pasta and pizza.
- Rosemary asked him what the problem was but she could not get a straight answer from him.
- Whilst not everyone will agree with what he says, they will respect his conviction, his honesty and his straight talking.
- He was asked a very specific question and he gave a very straight answer to what the question was.
- It was straight, forthright and honest, and, once the situation was resolved, there were no grudges and no problems.
- Poor old George is really struggling because he always tries to give straight answers even when the truth is better left unsaid.
- People were straight with me that day, but suddenly I was fair game for the media.
- In both cases, a straight choice is being made between doing something and paying somebody else to do it for you while you do something more lucrative.
- They're the ones that people in the industry know and recognise as the straight journalism courses.
- A straight biography would have been a more obvious project to undertake.
- Disruption is inevitably compounded by having to rearrange the team to change positions and adjust tactics, rather than make a straight swap.
- I don't think that they gave a straight answer to any of the questions they were asked by either Brokaw or each other.
- Like the president, he believes in eye contact and straight talk.
- Long ago, I promised myself that I would always give my children a straight answer whenever they asked anything of me.
- He knew that he hadn't been exactly straight with David about the idea that he was dead.
- What we need is honesty and more straight talking about the choices we face as a country, about the real costs of what is proposed or the actual costs of the state's retreat.
- He said on Friday that if he had been given a straight choice between the Scotland job and the Leicester one, he would have taken the latter.
- For now it seems like a straight choice: pay more in tax for a better service for all, or pay more privately to ensure your personal health.
- It seems to me he was asked a very straight and simple question that he then chose to overly complicate.
- I wasn't going to be doing any watching so I thought it best to put it in simple, straight terms.
- The only way to truly find out why would be to ask all the coaches how they voted and even then it might be hard to get a straight answer.
- This time, the message was simple and straight: You too will grow old one day.
- If two teams end level for second place there will be a straight play-off.
- Sceptics point out that the poll only offered a straight choice between Whitehall and regional rule, and left out the option of more local control.
- In the eyes of our leaders there is a straight choice to be made by everyone.
- But give me a straight choice between this and the economics of the jungle that is fair trade, and I will choose the present system.
- But this is one time when no one should accept not getting a straight answer.
- By contrast, in the run-up to the war, he appeared to be straight, direct and sincere.
3.2(unmixed)(gin/vodka) soloI always have my Scotch straight — siempre tomo el whisky solo
- Grey and Flanagan nodded and watched as O'Hara proceeded to pour not just a shot, but a full glass of straight whisky.
- Five minutes later had me at the side of the school opening the bag and taking a huge gulp of straight vodka.
- By the age of 14 Annie was drinking straight vodka, smoking cannabis on a daily basis and almost never going to school.
- I didn't want to just order a beer - how classic - or a glass full of straight vodka.
- She orders straight vodka because she remembers a magazine ad that made it look crisp and tasty.
- Before he can order, a straight shot of whiskey is dropped in front of him.
- That makes it more difficult for employees to hide beer, wine, or straight liquor in a Styrofoam cup or shaded glass.
- Holding the bottle by the neck she took her first sip; it tasted of blackberries, but mostly of straight liquor.
- He said that since the shutdown, bartenders cannot serve straight alcohol.
- Vodka is always drunk straight, accompanied by pickled or salty food.
4(honest, frank)(question) directoall I want is a straight yes or no — lo único que quiero es que me digas que sí o que no, sin más
- you won't get a straight answer out of him — no conseguirás que te dé una respuesta clara
- I've been absolutely straight with you about the whole business — no te he ocultado nada del asunto
5(successive)he won in straight sets — ganó sin perder / sin conceder ningún set
- she's had five straight wins — ha obtenido cinco victorias consecutivas / al hilo
- this is the fifth straight day it's happened — este es el quinto día seguido que pasa
- a straight flush — una escalera de color
6.1(serious)(actor/play) dramático(play/actor) serio(composer) de música seria
- It's a great experience as there is a lot more latitude but I actually prefer dramas and straight thrillers.
- Without that it would be pretty drab and dull, like a straight play.
- You know, I was hired to be the straight woman for all these funny people.
- Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Howard performed in straight plays on both sides of the Atlantic.
- It isn't every day a London theatre presenting a straight play gets an audience like this one seems to be attracting.
- The West End is also suffering from the lack of successful straight plays.
- It is a subject familiar to us from screwball farces, and one from which a straight drama could also be drawn.
- He had been seen in one variety programme, one straight play and once on the panel of ‘What's my line?’
- He has played comedy roles and straight roles and done voiceovers.
- This part of the film develops slowly, and is predominantly a straight drama.
- She saw her first straight play at the age of nine.
- Though the subject matter is somewhat similar, this is a straight drama, devoid of comic moments and Seventies retro.
6.2(informal) (conventional)convencionalstraight sex — relaciones sexuales convencionales
- The fact of the matter is that gay people are just like straight people.
- Now, it's not uncommon for straight people to benignly refer to gays as queer without offending anyone.
- The last event drew between 30 and 40 straight people, out of a crowd of about 150.
- We simply don't share any characteristics other than our sexuality, any more than straight people do.
- They were very good people and very straight, honest people.
- They're so straight, some of these people, that you can see how stressed they are when it comes to asking for cannabis.
- I spend most of my life in the company of straight people.
- Do heterosexuals make a conscious decision to be straight?
- Privileged straight people rarely ever believe you if you tell them that so many kids get kicked out for being gay.
- It's far too easy to grow up as a gay man convinced that the best thing all round is to be straight.
- That's what jealous straight people will do to spoil our happiness.
- It's ridiculous, because it doesn't work for straight people.
- But let's face it - straight people have the option to get married.
- As you'd expect, it's more common for people to think gay men are straight than vice versa and that's often happened to me.
- The fact is that gay people can serve their country just as bravely as straight people can, and thousands of them have.
- I don't usually tell people I'm straight when I'm in gay clubs; it seems bad manners, somehow.
- And gay people are no more immune to this accusation than are straight people.
- You know, it's a huge audience: a lot of straight people, a lot of teenagers, a lot of gay people, too.
- I'm sick of hearing homophobic straight people talking about fags.
- I mean, I love being me and part of that is being bi, and I presume straight people feel the same about their straightness.
- In the meantime, Gray was working hard to convince a straight person in her life that it was OK to attend.
- My children have grown up seeing no difference between gay and straight people.
- We had a whole bunch of straight people, who felt just as much a part of the night as anyone else.
- They are straight, decent guys; unassuming and happy to take whatever slings and arrows are on the pitch.
- I don't really care what it's called, but if non-religious straight people can get married, so should gays.
- One reader even suggested that an organization should be founded to encourage other straight people to do the same.
1(frankly)con franquezagive it to me straight, Meg, am I going to get better? — dímelo con franqueza, Meg ¿me voy a mejorar?
- she told him straight out — se lo dijo sin rodeos
2(honestly)are you playing straight with me? — ¿estás jugando limpio conmigo?
- to go straight
- he swore he'd go straight — prometió que se reformaría / se enmendaría
- I'm going straight — me estoy portando bien
3(clearly)(think/see) con claridadI can't think straight — no puedo pensar claro / con claridad
4Theatre(play) de manera clásica
5(directly)directamenteI came straight home from work — vine directamente / derecho a casa después del trabajo
- she drank it straight from the bottle — se lo bebió directamente de la botella
- he looked like something straight out of a horror movie — parecía salido de una película de terror
- I joined the army straight from school — me alisté en el ejército en cuanto terminé el colegio
- they walked straight in — entraron sin llamar
6(immediately)I went out straight after dinner — salí inmediatamente después de cenar
- I regretted it straight afterwards — me arrepentí inmediatamente
- that music takes me straight back to my childhood — esa música me transporta a mi infancia
- I'll bring it straight back — enseguida lo devuelvo
- she said straight off she wasn't paying — dijo de entrada que ella no pagaba
- I'll come straight to the point — iré derecho / directamente al grano
- if you do that again, you go straight to bed — si vuelves a hacer eso, te vas derechito a la cama
- straight away
7(in a straight line)(walk) en línea rectathey live straight across from us — viven justo enfrente de nosotros
- she looked straight ahead/up — miró al frente/hacia arriba
- the truck was coming straight at me — el camión venía derecho / justo hacia mí
- I aimed straight for his heart — le apunté justo al corazón
- he made straight for the bar — se fue derecho al bar
- can you look me straight in the eye and tell me that? — ¿podrías decírmelo mirándome a la cara?
- keep/drive straight on until you come to the lights — sigue derecho hasta llegar al semáforo
- the bullet went straight through his arm — la bala le atravesó el brazo
8(erect)(stand/sit) derechosit up straight — ponte derecho
9informal(at fixed price)they sell at 50 cents straight — se venden todos a 50 centavos
(on race track)the straight — la recta
- to reach/enter the (final) straight — llegar a/entrar en la recta final
2(straight line)cut the material on the straight — corta la tela al hilo
4informal(conventional person)tipo convencional masculine informaltipa convencional feminine informal
5Gamesescalera femininecorrida feminine Mexico
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