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(slice/layer/ice/wall) delgado(ice/wall/layer/slice) finothe sweater had worn very thin at the elbows — el suéter tenía los codos muy (des)gastados
- my patience was wearing thin — se me estaba acabando la paciencia
- It was a simple dish made up of thin slices of perfectly cooked beef and onions, served with a generous amount of a light gravy with hints of Asian flavourings.
- To serve, place the salmon skin side down and slice horizontally into thin pieces.
- The pudding is made by lining a buttered basin with fairly thin slices of good bread cut to fit exactly.
- These traditional Italian style pizzas are thin and crisp and loaded with delicate, subtle flavours and topped with mozzarella cheese.
- Polycarbonate is a tough, transparent thermoplastic that's used to make thin, light lenses.
- The keypad lights up a shaded blue, and the buttons are thin and stylish.
- Once you have bunched four or five sprigs together, wind thin wire around the cluster, leaving a one-inch spike at the bottom.
- He shook his head and pressed his lips together in a thin line.
- One particular 20 yard stretch of rail is held down on one side by just one thin clip; the rest are either missing or so bent that they are not securing the rail at all.
- The thin bark had been stripped all the way around for two to three feet.
- Another method of treatment is acupuncture, which involves the insertion of thin needles into the body to regulate and redirect the flow of qi.
- The stations were separated by thin partitions and the side walls were painted drywall.
- He pulled out a thin strip of metal and put it into the lock.
- Homemade decorations using herbs such as cinnamon sticks and whole star anise can be strung together with thin ribbon or raffia and hung from the branches for a different look.
- Only a thin layer at the surface thaws during summer.
- Generally, the cylinder and the cylinder head bolt together with a thin gasket pressed between them to ensure a good seal.
- It lifts a thin surface layer of the cornea away from underlying layers.
- The key lime was pleasantly tart, on a nice thin crust.
- There is a relatively thin crust of ice, but most of the water is liquid.
- Creeping plants such as the ivy may be joined together by thin wire.
1.2(not fat)(arm/person/body) delgado(arm/body/person) flaco(waist) delgado(waist) finoto get/grow thin — adelgazar
- I see a thin, bearded guy wearing a thick turtleneck sweater, spooning coffee into a mug in his small flat, scowling at the newspaper.
- If you could point to a line of fat or thin people stretching back generations, I'd accept that, but in general the number of people whose body shape is determined by their genes is very small.
- I almost felt sorry for Nicola, who's grown painfully thin.
- She looked very thin, weak and pale and was shivering.
- He was thin but far from weak and stood about six-foot tall.
- His face was just a little pale and he was thin; nowhere close to looking starved, but he was thinner than he should be.
- It was a woman, tall and thin, smiling and leaning against a fence.
- He got thin and weak and seeing my father like this was not the easiest of experiences in my life.
- Lily, on the other hand, was dark headed, short but thin, and relatively quiet.
- If you're naturally thin, you might fill out a little more after puberty, but then again, you might not.
- Rakishly thin, he wore tattered cords that rode half way up his skeleton legs.
- The director is tall and thin with good posture, and he appears neither old nor young.
- So what motivated her to drop from a healthy 130 pounds to being so thin that today she wears a pair of flannel pants under her size one jeans just to hold them up?
- They were an oddly diverse group, one man was short and heavy, two others were tall and muscular, and the other two looked rather thin and weak.
- She is skeletally thin, with hollow, cadaverous eyes and cheeks.
- He is so thin and reedy you worried for his balance when the wind picked up, but he moves with soft, sumptuous delicacy.
- He was thin and weak, and his voice was almost inaudible despite the relative quiet of a teaching hospital side room.
- His baggy black clothing made him look thin and weak.
- He was already walking a fine line between thin and skeletal when we met, but now he just looks ill.
- And the public wonders why people in the fashion industry are so thin!
2.1(in consistency)(sauce/soup) claro(sauce/soup) poco espeso(sauce/soup) chirle River Plate(wine) de poco cuerpo
- A thin cornmeal soup was frequently made, to which pieces of meat, fish, or other foods could be added.
- Do not swallow anything until it is a thin liquid pulp.
- If no frank perforation is seen, thin barium liquid should be used to identify lacerations that may otherwise be missed.
- In a dark corner, two fighters are dozing while a thin potato and lamb soup simmers on the stove.
- If you are one of those frailer and more malnourished types, you should eat light nourishing soups or thin rice porridge.
- They can vary in size and contain liquid that is thin and watery, or thicker and paste-like.
- If the liquid is too thin for a gravy, just put it in a pan on the stovetop and boil it down to reduce to a nice consistency.
- At the moment the boys exist on an unchanging and meagre diet of bread and milk for breakfast, potato and rice for lunch and thin vegetable soup for dinner.
- If there is only a slight excess of sugar over the normal saturation level, the supercooled liquid is a thin syrup.
- Regardless of its ethnic origins, it will be a thin, brown liquid, made from fermented fish and salt.
- He painted in thin oils with a bright palette in a freely painted technique which allowed the white of the exposed canvas to give added luminosity.
- Rarely, a patient may be limited to foods with a pudding consistency if thin and thick liquids are freely aspirated.
- He invited the wealthy man to dinner, which consisted of old hard bread and thin vegetable soup.
- The surrounding tissue swells up and thin pus leaks through narrow passages called sinuses onto the surface of the skin.
- Twice a day inmates receive two pieces of dry bread and weak tea; at midday they are handed a portion of soup or thin gruel.
- The béarnaise sauce was now so thin and runny it had the consistency of water and didn't taste good at all.
- The mild tartness of the thin liquid cut through the dust and diesel fumes.
- In any case, the fluid is clear and thin but quite strong, and isn't easily rubbed into skin.
- In several test tubes and bottles were thin, multicolored liquids.
- Yet, there really was nothing unusual about the soup, merely a thin beef broth with onions.
2.2(not dense)(mist/rain) fino(hair) ralo(hair) fino y poco abundante(hedge) poco tupidoat the top the air is thin — en la cima el aire está enrarecido
- you're getting a bit thin on top — te estás quedando calvo
- In addition, she suffers from asthma, which makes mountain races, where the air is thin, particularly difficult.
- Others argue that allied troops are too thin on the ground to make any difference.
- You are about 27,000 feet up in the Earth's atmosphere, the air is thin, you are using an oxygen tank.
- The air was thin up here, but he was used to going up high and knew how to control his breathing so he didn't get lightheaded.
- Their fur was thickest in patches on the head and groin, elsewhere it was thin and limited.
- He wrote about what it was like to live and die where the air is so thin that every breath is a triumph.
- The forest started to looked thinner, and he thought he'd found something.
- So some astronomers are quite keen to set up their instruments in Antarctica to take advantage of the thin, cold air.
- The day dawned gray and chill, a thin mist turning Baghdad's usually dry air damp.
- Such journeying to cold, high places where the air is thin requires lengthy preparation for the most severe conditions conceivable.
- Therefore, the air is thin, dry and your body receives about 50 percent less oxygen than at sea level.
- The air is thin up there, and only the most able should attempt to scale those peaks.
- She said she had recently hiked for four days in the thin air of Yosemite National Park.
- A thin veil of fog had rolled in off the bay, obscuring his view and coating the area in a pale gray-white mist.
- Winding down My head ached, and my throat was dry from the dehydrating effects of flying, and too much cold, thin air.
- The air is so thin it is incapable of supporting life.
- They hope to complete the trek in five days, but it presents problems because they will be walking at altitudes of up to 14,000 ft, where the air is thin.
- The morning started fine, with a little high thin cloud, but still and very cold.
- A hole has been torn in the thin veil of ozone just above the Antarctic.
- She has trained at Flagstaff in Arizona, again using the thin air at high altitude to stretch her limbs and clear her mind.
- Last weeks's scorching heat in Jakarta happened because the humidity in Jakarta was low and the clouds were thin, so the heat of the sun was unobstructed.
- There seems to have been at most a thin trickle of men directly from northern France into Scotland, and there is little evidence of migration directly from the Continent to Ireland.
- Its average elevation is 13,000 feet, making the air rather thin and cold, and ten peaks top 20,000 feet.
- The route itself can be slick and frozen over, and exhausted runners may be prone to hypothermia in the thin, cold air.
2.3(small)(crowd/audience) poco numeroso(response/attendance) escaso
- I found the explanation for the campaign material disappointing and a bit thin.
- This vital missing ingredient leaves the characterisation grossly underdeveloped, and the plot, somewhat on the thin side.
- Densely plotted and vividly acted, the film's abundance of ideas and intrigue wind up stretched perilously thin.
- The supplements on Disc Two are surprisingly thin and lacking in substance.
- It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.
- The film is really just a series of slickly filmed action sequences dangling off a thin plot and held together by the force of Jackson's charisma.
- It sounds a bit thin compared to finding the cure for diseases or inventing those dimples that make golf balls fly farther, but I am sure it must have some value.
- He also tried to dispel the belief that the government had a thin legislative agenda.
- Further investment in players may improve their weak defence or thin squad, but would disrupt the team spirit which has thus far carried them to the heady heights of fourth.
- Mr. Bennett also thinks that I run a pretty thin political blog and shouldn't have been nominated in that category.
- He was their speed receiver, and his departure leaves them thin at the position.
- This form, music video, paired popular songs with series of incoherent images held together by thin narratives.
- The focus on each is spread a bit too thin, so the connections between them are never clear enough.
- Could there be a connection between fat pay for directors and thin returns for shareholders?
- My only gripe is that, for the price, it's a little on the thin side.
- The plotline is relatively thin, relying on the quantity of ghosts and potential gruesome deaths to keep the story going until its climatic end.
- His confessions of guilt are merely a thin cover for re-emergent desires within the German ruling class.
- Such an attitude is a thin cover for right-wing politics.
- But as a reason to renounce my citizenship, it's a thin one.
- If formal sources of law, and the law they produce, have become too thin and weak for the tasks they should accomplish, supportive normativity may be found in tradition.
3.1(weak, poor)(voice) débil(excuse/disguise/argument) pobre(excuse/argument/disguise) poco convincente(profits) magro(profits) escasothe team has had a thin season — no ha sido una temporada muy buena para el equipo
- Behind that sound, hidden in it, was the thin, faint sound of a woman's distant scream, coming from inside the building.
- The affection in his voice made her feel a bit better and she settled back into her seat with a thin smile.
- His laughter was thin, though, lacking the warmth of a real man's laughter.
- A thin smile crossed her face as she turned back to the console.
- The pictures on the office wall were all of autumn landscapes, the dry leaves matched by the thin, reedy tones of the ageing former revolutionary behind the desk.
- The previous CDs had a thin string sound and the bass was simply not there.
- Her once powerful wail was gone, and in its place was a thin weeping sound that broke her mother's heart whenever she heard it.
- She gives him a thin smile and the ticket he'd given her earlier.
- Baron stifled his angry response and forced a thin smile instead.
- His muse, whilst sounding thin and mean vocally, comes to life through her guitar.
- ‘It was quite a nasty fall,’ he explained, a thin smile forming on his lips in recognition of the understatement.
- His terror threatened to overwhelm him as he dived for the handlebars with a thin squeak escaping his lips.
- Dylan just stares blankly into the camera with a thin smile on his face.
- I nod and manage a thin smile that offers her some comfort.
- She gave me a thin smile and turned back to whatever she was doing.
- Technically the picture is often subpar, and the sound is rather thin and tinny.
- Troy's thin smile was cautious, guarded, like he was afraid of something.
- One by one, in order of seniority, employees' names were called and they trooped forward to receive a thin smile and an envelope from Eloise.
- Gwen nodded weakly and Hannah just gave her a small thin smile.
- Isabella glanced at Audrey out of the corner of her eye, masking her surprise with a thin smile.
- It's sort of reedy and thin and breathless; she always sounds a bit too worried and self-conscious to really lose herself in the music.
- The audio is thin and pinched, with a definite canned quality.
- But they were uncomfortable and sounded thin and tinny to my ear.
- He sat across from her, studying her with that thin smile.
- The audio isn't quite as good; it sounds thin overall, but you can still easily understand all of the dialogue.
- Anthony and I stared at him and smiled thin smiles, desperate not to catch each other's eye.
- Her voice was thin and reedy; her throat clicked drily as she tried to swallow.
- The vocals are weak and thin, more whiny than appealing.
- The sound they made was thin and their dance routines were basic.
- The invitation, offered with a thin smile, comes out of the blue.
- I stood over him, arms crossed, a thin smile on my face.
- The string tone is thin, but the sound has an attractive warmth overall.
- If her top notes sound thin, she's matched at the other end of the scale by Paul, whose bottom notes almost disappear.
- While dialog is always audible, the sound is thin and harsh, especially during the music.
- Did it matter if the wee soul's voice sounded a bit thin in the recording studio, so a professional session singer was brought in to beef it up a bit?
- Emerging from the sitting room into the hall, her smile is thin and set and she disappears immediately.
- She looked paler than ever, but there was a thin smile on her face.
- Then you hear them reading their poems and instead of rich and resonant voice full of authority and confidence there's a thin, reedy croak.
- He gave me a brief, thin smile that seemed more for my benefit than his.
- I especially don't want to be welcomed and have to respond to friendly questions with a thin, watery smile and inane small talk.
3.2(harsh)to have a thin time of it — vérselas negras informal
1to cut sth thin — cortar algo en rebanadas (/ capas etc. ) delgadas
- spread the jam thin — extienda / ponga una capa fina de mermelada
1(paint) diluir(paint) rebajar(sauce) aclarar(sauce) hacer menos espeso(plants/hair) entresacartheir ranks were thinned — perdieron hombres (/ partidarios etc. )
1(paint) diluirse(audience/traffic) disminuirthe fog was beginning to thin (out) — la niebla empezaba a irse / a disiparse
- his hair is thinning — está perdiendo pelo
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