In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1pulgar masculinededo gordo masculine informalto suck one's thumb — chuparse el dedo
1I thumbed a lift or (US also) a ride home — me fui a casa de aventón Mexico
- to thumb it — pedir raid
2(book) hojeara well thumbed book — un libro muy usado
- After thumbing through a few pages, I was hooked immediately.
- The President looked up from the papers he was thumbing through, and referred to some large, recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Turkey.
- I find myself picking this book up and thumbing through it repetitively.
- We've been thumbing through the guide to this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, trying to decide what we'll go see this year.
- I sat on my bed and began thumbing through the pages of my fantasies.
- Donna was eating Triscuts and thumbing through the Daily News.
- In terms of the Powell approach, I'm not sure exactly what the Powell approach is, other than thumbing through his Rolodex.
- Encyclopedias on CD-Rom can provide access to information much quicker than thumbing through stacks of books.
- In fact, music critics everywhere are thumbing through a thesaurus, competing to compose a squirtier review of her impressive sophomore album.
- I was thumbing through the mail this afternoon, innocently enough, only to be frightened by this evil, leering tree that popped out at me.
- When I thumbed through his journal at the shop today I had the strong feeling that he never intended for these thoughts to be publicised.
- Students at Manchester University no longer need to thumb through dusty texts when reading classics of English literature.
- But who can deny perusing the headlines, even thumbing through the pages, of the occasional supermarket tabloid while waiting to ring up our groceries?
- At the mid-point of the first running of this programme, I'm thumbing through some of those linkages in a self-imposed revision process.
- The guard leans back in his booth, thumbing a paper, watching the clock.
- ‘This isn't working,’ mumbled Vladimir Vladimirovich as he pulled his presidential address book from his jacket pocket and started thumbing through it.
- I picked up Toole's book because, thumbing through it, I'd read a paragraph that rang with truth as I had come to know it with Muhammad Ali.
- I duly placed the chilled pies into the microwave and commenced the cooking process and began thumbing through the newspaper.
- It's all the rage, flick on your TV, thumb through a magazine or listen to the radio - everyone's at it.
- Anyway, I am thumbing through the friendster pages via a search for ‘Interests: Blading’ in hope of finding some blading kakis.
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