In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1masculine gitanofeminine gitanamasculine hojalaterofeminine hojalateramasculine caldererofeminine caldereranot to be worth a tinker's damn or (British also) cuss — no valer nada
- I suddenly realized that here I, like the tinkers of whom Della had been so suspicious, was part of a persecuted minority.
- And just across the waters of the Flash at Aspull Common a similar number of tinkers have moved in with their lorries, vans and caravans using their camp as a base for carrying out driveway laying and paving work in the area.
- It was in this location that a tinker's body was once found, giving the place the name of the ‘Murder Hole’.
- A particular type of graphic art involving wire and metalworking was produced by Slovak tinkers from the Upper Vah River Valley or Spis.
- In Scotland and Ireland gypsies were often called tinkers because of their similar wandering life-style.
- A tantalising childhood image was of nomad tinkers who came trailing families and children, and disappeared as suddenly beyond the horizon.
- The old tinker took a stick of solder from a bag at his side and laid its tip against where the edges of the tube and the circle met.
- Quite near us, in Wigton, just beyond the cemetery, was a place called Black Tippoe and that was where gypsies and tinkers used to come and winter there.
- The gypsies or tinkers as they were better known walked around the fair the whole day trying to sell ponnies, strainers and tin cans to reluctant buyers.
- The tinkers live by mending pots and pans, telling fortunes and selling horses and ponies at the various fairs throughout the country.
- The other real trouble - involving violence and vandalism in addition to the usual epidemic of thefts - came from Irish tinkers, about whom I blogged here, but failed to mention the manner of their departure.
- So this week we salute Valentine: tinker, tailor, soldier, priest and, above all, patron saint of card manufacturers.
- The travelling folk, or tinkers, were often treated as second-class citizens, with heartbreaking consequences.
- But are the tinkers only using him and to what ends?
- She then strikes a bargain with a priest who, although not in the habit of marrying tinkers, says he'll do the job for a small fee and a tin can.
- This week, one of his past works, Petra - the story of a soldier, a witch and a tinker helping a young woman to explain to her son why he is now a ghost - is revisited as part of the Glasgow West End Festival.
- Fresh from the day's rehearsals as Hester Swane, the tinker's daughter whom she will play for 14 weeks at Wyndhams Theatre, in the West End, Hunter explains the appeal of treading the boards.
- In the early '50s, Bate's parents, Bev and Viv (or Viv and Bev-no one can say for sure), swapped him to unwary tinkers for a three-legged dog.
- Jack, an outcast and drifter himself, feels a connection with the tinkers and takes the job which, in turn, takes Taylor to perilous places within and without.
- For the first time in his life, Yllek felt a sense of awe and wonder regarding his native city, and began to understand the underlying truth behind the stories borne by travelling tinkers and bards through the outlying lands.
- Finally, she was joined by an old bearded tinker who had come down to the shore with his heavy canvas bag of tradesman's tools.
- And one person described Gaelic as ‘the tinker's language ’, so that there's obviously some sort of snobbery about the language going on there.
- Christopher Sly, a drunken old tinker, is conned into watching The Taming of the Shrew as it is presented by a company of players.
2British informal(mischievous child)pilluelo masculine informalpilluela feminine informaldiablillo masculine informaldiablilla feminine informal
- When he's finished caressing my windows with as little elbow-grease as is humanly possible, the little tinker always insists that he hasn't got any change.
3(fiddle)I'll have a tinker with the engine — le voy a hacer unos pequeños ajustes al motor
to tinker with
1(with car/television) hacerle pequeños ajustes a algo(television/with car) juguetear con algo derogatorytheir proposals merely tinker with the problem — sus propuestas solo tocan la superficie del problema
- they had tinkered with the wording of the contract — habían retocado la redacción del contrato
- Luckily, I was tinkering with a design for a different site and I've decided to steal that for my re-design.
- She enjoys sitting on the counter as I'm tinkering with something, and she'll often lend a paw to stir something.
- I started on motorcycles, but after two years as a mechanic in the air force I thought I'd make more money tinkering with cars.
- Some villager somewhere is out working in front of his garage, tinkering with something as he usually is.
- I've been tinkering a bit, so do please tell me if you have any difficulty posting comments here or linking to any part of this site.
- Probably the image was tinkered with a bit to bring out the highlights, but it's impressive nonetheless.
- How can we sensibly plan for our retirement when the fundamentals are constantly tinkered with and the goalposts keep being moved?
- Blogging to me is as much about tinkering with the technology as it is about writing interesting articles on a regular basis.
- Usually, my second drafts involve tinkering with what's already there and straightening out sentences.
- Occasionally, it is tinkered with but there are few profound adaptations.
- In fact, in his spare time, he started tinkering a bit with some metalwork for just such a rifle.
- Not knowing what to make of this strange jargon, I was uncertain as to what kind of music would soon be blaring out of the powerful-looking speakers being tinkered with.
- The teenaged Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before the group tinkered their way upwards into a more complex and competent machine.
- I'm not convinced that people are going to spend that much time tinkering with their searches.
- In the early 1980s the map was tinkered with, forcing both the Midlands and the South into splitting their large regions into 2 sub-regions.
- After tinkering with the controls for some time, I did find the right settings that I was very comfortable with.
- The Government simply tinkers a bit at the edges with a budget surplus or deficit that runs at a little over one per cent of GDP - neither here nor there.
- We shouldn't be tinkering with the checks and balances our founding fathers put in this constitution.
- Solutions do not lie in tinkering with the system, fiddling while Earth burns.
- While the motion was tinkered with, the decision was made to reject the draft plan.
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