In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(blow) golpe masculine(blow) porrazo masculine(sound) ¡zas!she gave him a whack with the book/umbrella/broom — le dio un golpe / un porrazo con el libro/un paraguazo/un escobazo
- Our teachers are very supportive. If by chance we start dreaming in class, we get a sharp whack on our knuckles to bring us back to the real world.
- Philosophically speaking, here on Earth, when we want to know what's inside a rock, we take a hammer and give it a whack.
- You have to have a surprised face for each one you receive or you'll get a smack in the ear or a whack on the side of your head or one with da wooden spoon on your arm.
- After it was over, Gladstone noted to Aberdeen that the vote ‘not only knocked us down but sent us down with such a whack, that one heard one's head thump as it struck the ground.’
- He reached out and gave the statue a tentative whack on the side, then a series of harder slaps.
- Skipper Jim Bentley was forced off after taking a whack in the face in a clash of heads, while David Perkins also took a kick on the leg.
- It took a total of around 25 whacks before it regained its colour again.
- Resounding whack between his shoulder blades, which had him choking on his mouthful of beer.
- In 2003, we are sometimes told by the die-hard teachers of another time that moral fibre was introduced into the pupils' constitutions by a crack across the head or a whack with a cane.
- Give the smelly kid (I'm talking about those above 6 yrs old) a whack on the head with a giant pikachu toy and he will know better than to challenge u in future.
- My mother often plucked me from unexpected places all over the palace and escorted me back to my room with a sharp tongue and a good whack on the ear.
- He probably had a couple whacks with something, a tire iron or a bowling trophy.
- The vision of what we're trying to get is go out and give the hornets nest a few whacks and get them all out in the open and have it out with them once and for all.
- After returning from his job as a writer for the American Civil Liberties Union one evening this spring, William Potter grabbed an iron pry bar and, with a few whacks, demolished the kitchen of his Petworth rowhouse.
- It chilled the blood to see a 30-year-old schoolteacher, John Petersen, administer whacks of the cane with two goals in the first 13 minutes.
- So I held the shot glass under the hot water tap and then gave it a smart whack on the counter top.
- Hearing the loud whack, he began to pound fist after fist, continuing long after his hands became white and tingly.
- For dogs of moderate aggressiveness, a sharp whack on the snout with a drumstick is usually enough.
- Steven watched them walk away until he felt a sudden sharp whack in the shin.
- Her answer: ‘Oh, probably a whack on the head with a club.’
2.1informal (share)parte femininethey all want their whack — todos quieren su tajada informal
- the full whack — el total
- There should still be a fair whack of private equity cash left over for young, high-growth companies - particularly those that have got past the initial investment stage.
- I was told I could take this whack of money or I could go back to subbing features.
- They saw it as a pot of money, so all they had to do was nominate some centres that they might call growth centres, and they'd get a whack of money out of the Federal government.
- With any likelihood, half the money will probably come from abroad, but we'll need a big whack of Hollywood money.
- He simply made a whack of money selling shares in Iona.
- A hefty whack when you were only earning 48 weekly.
2.2informal (attempt)tentativa feminineintento masculinehave another whack at it — haz otra tentativa / otro intento
- he had a whack at (breaking) the record — trató de / intentó batir el récord
- I have decided to let the indomitable Mr. Bonnet take a whack at responding to your reviews this week.
- Both our Video Game Editors would take a whack at the game, but they would draw straws as to who covered what.
- I thought you and your readers might take a whack at something that has always nagged at me.
- The interest developed, as did the desire to feel the racket, have a whack, and get thrilled over the effect of the effort.
- I guess to be fair, I should take a whack at it myself.
- I'll just loosen my girdle and take a whack at it.
- We can take a firm whack at these books that warrant coverage and, together, we can ensure that this heinous backlog is, to some small degree, abated.
1(hit)golpearaporrear(person) pegarle a(person) (spank) darle una paliza a informalI whacked the ball into the air — mandé la pelota por los aires de un golpe
- During that time, Nebulon continued to whack the small, pink rubber ball against the wooden paddle.
- I turned around, and when I was turning I saw just someone was running by me, and he just, like, whacked me with this long black stick.
- A player named Jesse is lamenting the work he put into his character last year, only to have been whacked out of the game inside of 10 minutes by an overeager combatant.
- A kind of Pinocchio sans magic, Petrushka dies a banal non-death, getting whacked by a blow to his empty head.
- Then after she's whacked some other blonde child her mother grabbed her and slapped her backside.
- As a rule of thumb you should whack at least two feet from a nine-footer, more from a longer board.
- A Striker loose from the pack moved in and whacked her with the blunt end of her spear.
- Anybody who gets their purse stolen, whacked by their spouse or smacked in a bar should raise a toast to bad drivers starting July 1.
- He was so annoying with that every now and then, Candice just wanted to ball up her fist, and whack him one, real hard.
- ‘Just do it’ I beg before another one whacks me and I'm back on the floor.
- One of them was carrying a ratchet bar and he whacked me over the back of the head.
- She thrashed around wildly and whacked me on the side of the head.
- Players use their own clubs to whack at the golf ball, which swings around and lands in the net.
- At my first weekly hourlong lesson last spring, English watched me whack a hundred balls over the net, then suggested that we radically overhaul my form to enhance my chi.
- Soon enough, the court discovers her boss has presented falsified evidence, and he's whacked by the thugs for blowing the case.
- Other acts have included a helicopter dangling a cheeseburger in front of him, people whacking him with golf balls and drunken revelers pelting him with eggs.
- So I finally got my sharp arts-and-crafts scissors and whacked a good few inches off, and now it comes to just below my chin.
- Still, it was have been nice to have whacked him upside the head with a two-by-four, but that would have been wrong.
- She whacks him across the face again, and his head cracks as he hits the floor, harder than last time.
- He and Gin found a perfect tree and began to whack at it with their axes.
2US informal(murder)liquidar informalquitar de en medio informal
- For those of you keeping score, this is the casino boat company in which one of Abramoff's co-owners was later whacked in a gangland style hit after the things started to go South.
- The ‘Ice-Pick Murderer’ had whacked anyone Kay asked him to and hurt anyone else that he hadn't managed to kill.
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