In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
transitive verbwagged, wagging
1(tail) menear(tail) moverhe wagged his finger at her — le hizo un gesto admonitorio con el dedo
- I collect the morning paper and my two mutts greet me, their tails wagging back and forth in a frenzy.
- Kero got up, tongue hanging from the side of his mouth as he pranced over to her, his small tail wagging back and forth rapidly.
- And now Fizz is about to set tails wagging having been nominated for the Woman's Best Friend award in a canine competition.
- Family dog greets me with tail wagging manically.
- And in the meantime, Chuck is going bananas, his tail wagging like a crazed propeller, his face the most precious combination of anticipation and curiosity.
- The climbers soon ski up to us, red plastic sleds wagging like tails behind them.
- You can see quite clearly when the puppy is wagging its tail.
- At the sight of us, they all begin to bark, tails wagging in instant happiness.
- When my eyes meet hers, her tail starts to wag excitedly, but she dares not move her body in fear of spoiling the moment.
- His tail began to wag as I scratched behind his ears.
- Then I come back, and the tails wag so hard that it begins with the middle of their dog bodies.
- Diane barks and wags her bushy tail in happiness as she jumps on Louis Crawford's lap in the van and she licks his face with love and a little slobber.
- Poppy's tail was wagging at a rate only expected at top international competition level, so I knew that whatever it was, it was an animal.
- The Carmichaels walk down the path with three other dogs, their skeletal tails wagging furiously.
- The puppy sniffed his hand cautiously and immediately his tail began to wag.
- Lucy was waiting by the door, tail wagging as always when we got home.
- Apparently tails are wagging over the show, as it has been renewed for another season.
- Her tail began to wag as he approached, and he cautiously dropped onto one knee before reaching to untangle her leash.
- Her tail wagged rapidly as she licked Kourin's face.
- Rex bounded back the way he had come, tail wagging.
intransitive verbwagged, wagging
1(tail) menearse(tail) moverse
1(of tail)the dog greeted us with a wag of its tail — el perro nos recibió meneando / moviendo el rabo
1(wit, joker)bromista masculine
- Janey was sure that it was a joke by the wags in the Forensics labs - well reasonably sure.
- One wag even implored referee Iain Heard to blow for full-time… at half-time.
- At one point a wag from the crowd shouted ‘Is there a footballer in the house?’
- The good thing about gallows humour is no matter how bad things get you can always find some wag ready to crack a joke.
- Some wags joked that the ‘9 on Nine’ panel looked like some sort of reality television show.
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