In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(blow)golpe masculineto take a swipe at sb/sth — intentar darle / pegarle a algn/algo
- Your sword must strike purposefully, not just clumsy swipes.
- I spun around in wild alarm - both dodging the swipe and swinging my sword at him.
- I countered his lunge with a powerful swipe of my arm, using his momentum to thrust him to the ground.
- She took a swipe at him, turning fully around to attack him.
- His attack was parried, and then counterattacked with a diagonal swipe to the head.
- Justin turned aside the blow with a quick swipe, and countered with a low sweep, hoping to get Timothy to jump over the blade.
- The officer, a commander by the looks of it, parried his blow before attempting another swipe.
- His upward swipe countered the first two's downward blows.
- With a powerful swipe of its paw, the wolf delivered a final blow to Bonnie's head.
- She moved to one side to avoid a more volatile slash and returned by stepping dangerously close with a backhanded swipe to the temple.
- She blocked the shot and swung at his arm, but he rolled under the swipe and shot a piercing blow at her legs.
- Jason took a backhand swipe and connected with Bill's forehead above the right eye.
- He blocked to blows from the young soldier then took a swipe of his own.
- A back-handed swipe, and a rush of blood to the cheeks.
2(verbal attack)ataque masculine
- He took a swipe at earlier press reports which claimed he would take advantage of the company and sell the properties as soon as he could after the two-year period to pocket profits.
- Indeed she began taking swipes at me when I walked by, demonstrating some of the flash and fire that made her such a distinctive personality.
- Most of the 74 opinions are also lengthy and convoluted, larded with unnecessary detail and footnotes, and containing inappropriate swipes at the work of the other justices.
- At the debate, he did better, avoiding negative swipes, coming across with concrete ideas, displaying genuine passion.
- And in perhaps the most pertinent comment of the day, he took a swipe at all those who had lost sight of the bigger picture.
- A city politician today took a swipe at neighbouring town halls for imposing council tax hikes up to four times inflation.
- Was it because Cheryl took a swipe at you in her book?
- The councillor also took a swipe at the police service following raids in nationalist areas of Belfast yesterday morning.
- He's also taken a swipe at some union leaders, who he claims call strikes simply to advance their political ambitions.
- Even archeologists have gotten in their swipes.
- He peppers the book with swipes at Republicans and conservatives that will make liberal readers feel good about themselves but will annoy everyone else.
- The swipes will be featured prominently in press coverage tomorrow.
- In accepting the award, he paid tribute to the role fans played in turning his movies into a success and took a swipe at critics in the process.
- He took a swipe at you, not necessarily personally at you, but at your administration and what he inherited when he took office.
- He took a swipe at the Democratic candidates yesterday who want to roll back his cuts, claiming the reductions have fuelled a broad economic recovery in the US.
- And he hasn't been shy about taking swipes at the press.
- He makes well directed swipes at the hackneyed emotionalism that has crept into every newspaper, the cult of celebrity and, particularly, the decline of reporting of politics and serious discussion of policy.
- It's very unusual to see such established celebrities taking verbal swipes at each other.
- But there were no swipes at either of the two potential Labor leaders.
- Bolton Wanderers striker Paul Wheatcroft has taken a swipe at Manchester United for releasing him as a promising trainee.
1(hit)darle (un golpe) a
- He used this distraction to swipe at the dog's hind quarters.
- He is cranky and on several occasions has tried to swipe at or bite the tourists.
- I guess he expected to get on a horse and start swiping at people.
- The creature threw its long arm forward, swiping at Fred's shirt.
- He was swiping at the air with his hockey stick as if that would help.
- The worker shouted, swiping at the teenager with the blunt end of a pitchfork.
- He continued swiping at the door, small slivers of light shone through but nothing happened that would help.
- Andy collapsed into a heap and continued to swipe at the air.
- She had quick reflexes, however, kicking him off of her and swiping at him with her knife.
- Lori was rapidly swiping at the flies with her canteen.
- He quickly darted in and bit the wolf in the neck and it howled in pain as it struggled but he held it tight and ignored its paws swiping at him.
- The coyote snapped at one of the wolves, and the two foxes, with smaller teeth and claws, but teeth and claws nonetheless, began snapping and swiping at the two wolves that snapped back at them.
- He thrust again, knocking James' blade away and pulling out a dagger with his spare hand, swiping at James' torso.
- She screeched, swiping at weeds with her claws, severing the yellow blossoms.
- ‘Oy, sexist pig’ I pretended to swipe at him with my bag and he grinned.
2(steal)afanarse slangvolarse Mexico informal
- Fights were sometimes orchestrated under false pretences, so that inmates could swipe and pilfer a target person's store items.
- He stole that merchandise as surely as if he had swiped it off the loading dock.
- They're stealing more money, swiping more identities, wrecking more corporate computers, and breaking into more secure networks than ever before.
- Frankly, with a vast online knowledge base at your fingertips, it would be a miracle if people didn't swipe a phrase here or pilfer a juicy paragraph there.
- The bill for the items he stole and damaged topped £72,000 and his crimes included swiping Christmas presents from family homes last year.
3Computing(card) pasar (por un lector electrónico)
- Exhibitors were issued with an identification pass card with bar codes that had to be swiped at the point of entry.
- If you are part of the customer loyalty programme, a staff member will swipe your card in this device, which looks almost like a debit card machine.
- And when they get to an airport, they swipe it through the security device, they then punch a four-digit number into the door and it opens and you go in.
- Four SWAT officers in full body armor covered the door as a trembling Doctor stepped up to it and swiped a card through the electronic lock.
- Eventually she swiped my credit card and passed me a pen.
- Authorities at border points would be able to call up the data on the digital chip by swiping the passport against an electronic reader.
- A register might be taken electronically after children had swiped their way into class.
- Each time a subway rider swipes the card, the turnstile reads the bevy of information stored on the card's magnetic stripe, such as serial number, value, and expiration date.
- A new security system has since been installed, requiring each student to swipe a key fob through an electronic reader in order to gain access to their room.
- Although the door the intruder used to enter the building can only be opened by swiping a security pass, it takes a considerable time to close, allowing the student time to get in.
- He told the court that customers who wanted to use the lobby had to swipe their card through a legitimate bank device to gain entry.
- 'Besides,' he continued, swiping his I.D. pass through an electronic lock, 'the kids trust us.'
- Travelers then swipe those cards as they pass through security to confirm their identity.
- The Indian clerk didn't read the message but continued to swipe my card again and suggested that I had input the wrong pin.
- Every time you went through a door into a classroom or a door in the corridor you had to swipe your card through an electronic card reader, and this was logged into an anonymous grey hard drive in the cellar and stored for posterity.
- Police have said the ruse takes a matter of seconds where one person distracts the victim while the card is taken out of the machine and swiped into a device which clones the magnetic strip on the card.
- Somebody with a monthly pass came up behind me and swiped his card, which allowed me through.
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1intentar darle aintentar pegarle ait swiped at him with its claws — le dio un zarpazo
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