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(substance, matter)what's this stuff called? — ¿cómo se llama esto?
- I can't eat this stuff — esto yo no lo trago
- he rubbed some greasy stuff in his hair — se puso una cosa grasienta en el pelo
- this wine/caviar is good stuff — este vino/caviar es del bueno / está muy bien
- what sort of stuff does he write? — ¿qué tipo de cosa(s) escribe?
- my secretary deals with the routine stuff — mi secretaria se encarga de todas las tareas de rutina
- she's into Buddhism and all that stuff — le ha dado por el budismo y todo ese rollo
- show them what kind of stuff you're made of — enséñales lo que es bueno
- she's made of the right stuff to be an astronaut — tiene pasta para ser astronauta
- that's the stuff! — ¡así se hace!
- to do one's stuff
- she went out on stage and did her stuff — salió al escenario e hizo lo suyo
- someone isn't doing his stuff — alguien está fallando
- to know one's stuff — ser un experto en la materia
- she really knows her stuff — es una experta en la materia
- to strut one's stuff — mover el esqueleto
1.2(miscellaneous items)cosasand stuff like that — y cosas de esas
- I left all my stuff at her house — dejé todas mis cosas en su casa
- My question is, when you get to know the little stuff, does the big stuff really matter?
- A load of kids are reading stuff and hearing stuff which refers back to Vietnam, and there is a resurgence in interest in the works of Chomsky.
- In the box there would be heritage stuff, the material evidence of the past, as well as history, the wisdom of the past.
- They always sell the same stuff, no matter where you are in the country.
- There's also some stuff in the article about writing routines and the like.
- It is unusual but because I am at the early stages, I'm just doing the technical stuff.
- But I am getting enough language training at least to master the technical stuff.
- Growling softly to myself I leant down to pick up my stuff, my papers scattered everywhere.
- It's a trade exhibition for conference and exhibition organising groups and my Dad needed me to pick some stuff up.
- There was a lot of horrible stuff written about me and said about me that was totally inaccurate.
- I won't bore you with any more technical stuff other than to say that it is a masterpiece of engineering.
- There was apparently a really big rain in his town and all sorts of horrible stuff ended up in the pipeline.
- Don't fear, though, because you'll find all the good stuff between the disappointing material.
- I said some pretty horrible stuff to her, and it still hurts knowing she may have died with those words still in her head.
- He has some rare photos and artwork over there, a message board and all sorts of stuff.
- They wouldn't realise a thing until they picked up their stuff to go and there'd be a nice sweetie waiting there for them.
- Did enough of us make a difference for you to put up some of that goofy stuff you were referring to?
- The fact that the New Statesman can't find anything more grown-up to publish than this sort of stuff is indicative of its sad decline.
- No matter how bad I feel, a bottle of the orange stuff sorts me out.
- I was interested in all the technical stuff because films of this nature are, by definition, feats of technology.
1.3slang (drugs)mercancía feminine slang
- Basically, it's stuff to get drunk with; that is really what alcohol is for.
- If they allowed dope to be used, I could grow her stuff, she could smoke it, and her life would be improved.
- It follows that you need a sufficient quantity to significantly alter your mood, otherwise why drink the bloody stuff?
- Me and my bros used to drink that stuff like we now drink beer i.e. like there's no tomorrow.
- At first money wasn't a problem I had a good job, good house, I sold my house to the drug dealers so they could sell their stuff.
- I would not encourage my kids to smoke the stuff, but when they are sixteen, they can if they want.
- Piffle mate, would you go in a car while the driver is smoking the stuff?
- I slowly went downhill and back on to the heavy stuff like heroin.
2informal(nonsense, excuse)cuento masculine informalsurely you don't believe all that stuff he tells you? — tú no te creerás todo lo que te cuenta ¿no?
- don't give me that stuff about losing your way — no me vengas con el cuento de que te perdiste
- [as exclamation] stuff and nonsense! — ¡puro cuento!
3(basic element)their expedition has become the stuff of history/legend — su expedición ha pasado a la historia/se ha convertido en una leyenda
- that's the stuff of politics — en eso consiste la política
- his novel is the stuff of which publishers' dreams are made — todo editor sueña con una novela así
2(fill)(quilt/toy/mattress) rellenar(hole/leak) taparto stuff sth with sth
- she stuffed it with feathers — lo rellenó de plumas
- we stuffed our pockets with apples — nos llenamos los bolsillos de manzanas
- she stuffed us with food — nos atiborró de comida
- he's stuffed her head full of nonsense — le ha llenado la cabeza de tonterías
- to stuff oneself/one's face — ponerse ciego
3Cooking(pepper/chicken) rellenarto stuff sth with sth
- he stuffed it with rice — lo rellenó de arroz
- stuff the chicken with the chestnuts — rellenar el pollo con las castañas
4(in taxidermy)(fish/animal/bird) disecar
6(thrust)to stuff sth into sth — meter algo en algo
- she stuffed the books into the bag — metió los libros en la bolsa
- I stuffed my fingers in(to) my ears — me puse los dedos en los oídos
7informal(put)ponerjust stuff your things anywhere — pon tus cosas donde quieras
- (you can) stuff it! — ¡métetelo donde te quepa!
- I told him where he could stuff his advice — le dije qué podía hacer con sus consejos
- stuff her! — ¡que se joda!
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