In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(glance/wink) furtivo(glance/wink) subrepticiohe was just having a surreptitious glass of whisky — se estaba tomando un vaso de whisky a escondidas
- We don't need this surreptitious attempt at re-direction of our considerable traffic.
- Under British and American law this surreptitious sale is illegal.
- They're all meeting in the cafeteria to plot against Veronica, and the way you shot it, you get right away that it's surreptitious.
- There appears to be an increasing amount of surveillance, much of it surreptitious.
- A no-fly zone is reported to have been enforced so that paparazzi cannot take surreptitious snaps from helicopters.
- This, for anyone not in the know, is the surreptitious act of slapping size 10 labels on clothes that are really a 12.
- Thanks to e-mail, the modern workplace is a hive of covert communication and surreptitious sociability.
- They acted like some surreptitious athletics officials who could not wait to be the first to give the media a scoop and doubtless court future favour as a reward.
- He speaks loudly, and endearingly frankly, and occasionally steals a surreptitious glance over his shoulder to make sure the room is indeed empty.
- Very often staff feel that their colleagues have been silently and invisibly spirited out of the company in a surreptitious and clandestine manner.
- The 15 youngsters all pledged not to indulge in a surreptitious snack when they went home to bed after a video evening at the church, without the pop corn.
- She has been reflecting on the fact that it is ten years since she left school, and surreptitious elements of old school uniform have crept into her recent work.
- Zara was casually fanning herself with her picture, but when she thought no one was watching stole long, slow, surreptitious looks at it.
- Today during afternoon break I went for a surreptitious puff with two co-workers.
- After all, if there is no chocolate dessert on hand, it just might lead to surreptitious stealing of the children's chocolate eggs.
- He kept on pointing out that these people were all, in a very surreptitious way, propagandists for extreme conservative Catholicism.
- The stowing of the rubbish seemed surreptitious, even furtive, to a young and ignorant mind.
- It is also surreptitious and insidious discrimination.
- He was quite sure it would be restored that afternoon, he said, with quiet emphasis and a surreptitious glance at his watch.
- A burning ember becomes a surreptitious reference to a tense nation teetering on collapse.
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