In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1would you like a sherry? — just a thimbleful — ¿quieres un jerez? — sí, pero solo un poquito / una gotita
- There will also be plenty of Glaswegian humour, a thimbleful of alcohol or two, and not a Hooray Henry in sight.
- Rub a thimbleful of water over your face and wipe off to finish.
- The typical daily food ration was, according to one civilian, ‘five slices bread, half a small cutlet, half a tumbler of milk, two thimblefuls of fat, a few potatoes and an eggcup of sugar’.
- I was instantly reminded of my time in Italy, where I spent all day and night in pavement cafes, sipping thimblefuls of espresso, strong and bitter.
- You could wait until you've got only a thimbleful of gas in there, but why not fill up now and forget about it for the next 60,000 miles?
- She says, ‘Mother had always been a binge drunker, not touching a thimbleful for weeks or months when she'd gotten her gullet full.’
- A bird had flown up at me, curious about my beer, so I consciously poured a thimbleful down to his ledge.
- Matron allowed me to come too, for a while, to watch, pirouette around and drink a thimbleful of ginger wine.
- Turns out there was only a thimbleful of stuff left in the bottle, Jack just hadn't gotten around to throwing it out.
- Just a thimbleful of such water is sufficient to transform a healthy person, in hours, into a deathly ill cholera sufferer.
- An over-eager fellow taster twirls his glass with a flourish and sends four deadly thimblefuls of Pinot Noir flying in your direction.
- Whenever one of us would pour a thimbleful into his cup, the other two would jealously measure the outpouring with their eyes.
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