In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1British (for water)llave femininegrifo masculine Spaincanilla feminine River Platecaño masculine Perupaja feminine Central Americachorro masculine Central America Venezuelato turn the tap on/off — abrir/cerrar la llave (/ el grifo etc. )
- to leave the taps running — dejar las llaves abiertas (/ los grifos abiertos etc. )
- Boil for one minute, then drain through a sieve and rinse under the cold tap.
- She turned the tap and splashed cold water onto her face.
- After a minute, I had calmed down, and I rinsed my hands in the cold water from the tap, splashing water onto my face.
- The water from the bathroom tap was painfully cold.
- I got the watering can and filled it with cold water from the tap and I walked outside.
- They have control of the financial tap that nourishes them, and they will not easily give up power.
- Perforations lead into a hollow stem which is controlled by a tap permitting small quantities of champagne to be withdrawn from the inverted bottle without the remainder losing its sparkle.
- He pulled himself up and stumbled to the bathroom, where he turned on the cold tap and collapsed at the bottom of the shower, barely awake.
- When you turn on the tap, unfiltered water flows through the faucet head at a full-pressure flow as with any conventional faucet.
- Go fill a bucket or two from the cold tap now, before it's too late.
- Look for a model with digital output temperature control, which delivers consistently hot water from the tap, regardless of flow rate.
- He heard her turning the tap on, pouring cold water into the kettle.
- Some critics have also found it ironic that many people who purchase bottled water end up refilling the containers from a tap.
- The leaflet also urges people to keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it is cold, because running the tap for one minute wastes six litres of water.
- The water must be freshly boiled, from the cold tap.
- I shoved it into the sink, turned on the cold tap and let icy water wash over fabric.
- Oil crooks there and elsewhere can find an unguarded length of pipe and make their own tap.
- Before hopping my way unsteadily to the bathroom where I managed to bend myself in ways I never thought possible to get my foot into the basin and under the cold tap!
- For a long time it controlled the tap on how much surplus oil was entering the market.
- There was an area with a concrete floor, a tin bath, a copper, a sink and a cold tap.
1.2llave del gas feminine
1.3(on barrel, ready for use)espita feminineon tap — de barril literal
- we have all that information on tap — tenemos toda esa información al alcance de la mano
- we have plenty of experience on tap — disponemos de mucho personal experimentado
2(listening device)micrófono de escucha masculinethey put a tap on his phone — le intervinieron el teléfono
1(barrel/cask) ponerle una espita a(tree) sangrar
3(pipe/power line) hacer un empalme con
4(reserves/resources) explotar(reserves/resources) aprovechar
5informal(for money/information)intentar sacarle algo a algnto tap sb for sth — nombrar a algn para algo
- she tapped me for information — me tiró de la lengua
6(telephone) intervenir(telephone) pinchar informal(conversation) interceptar(conversation) escucharhe thinks his phone's been tapped — cree que le han intervenido el teléfono
1(light blow)toque masculinegolpecito masculineshe gave me a tap on the shoulder — me dio un toque / golpecito en el hombro
- there was a gentle tap at the door — tocaron suavemente a la puerta
1(strike lightly)dar un toque endar un golpecito enhe tapped her on the shoulder — le dio un toque / golpecito en el hombro
- he was tapping his fingers on the table — tamborileaba con los dedos sobre la mesa
- to tap in a command/code — teclear una orden/un código
2US(designate)nombrarto tap sb for sth — nombrar a algn para algo
1(strike lightly)to tap at / on sth — dar toques / golpecitos en algo
- she's upstairs, tapping away at the keys — está arriba, dándole a la máquina
2(make tapping sound)dar golpecitostamborilearrepiquetear
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