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
- to be all thumbs / all fingers and thumbs
- I'm all thumbs today — hoy estoy muy torpe con las manos
- to be under sb's thumb — estar dominado por algn
- to get the thumbs down from sb — ser rechazado por algn
- to get the thumbs up from sb — recibir la aprobación de algn
- to give the thumbs up/down to sth — aprobar/rechazar algo
- to have sb under one's thumb — tener a algn metido en un puño
- to stick out like a sore thumb — desentonar terriblemente
- the error sticks out like a sore thumb — el error salta a la vista
- to twiddle one's thumbs — estar perdiendo el tiempo
1I thumbed a lift / a ride home — me fui a casa a dedo informal
- to thumb it — pedir aventón
2(book) hojeara well thumbed book — un libro muy usado
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