In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(spin)(person) girar(person) dar vueltas(dust/leaves) arremolinarse(head) dar vueltasthe sails of the windmill were whirling around and around — las aspas del molino giraban sin parar
- my head was giddy, the room was whirling — estaba mareado, todo me daba vueltas
- The first thing I noticed was the wind and cold exacerbated by the chopper's whirling blades blasting the freezing air down on us.
- Mind whirling, he turned and headed back inside.
- The fog whirled and eddied around her as she stepped out into the cobblestone street.
- The wind grew fiercer, sending leaves and twigs whirling around in the air.
- As they whirled and twirled, moving smoothly to the music, they seemed reunited.
- But her words fell upon deaf ears, Tane was moving, spinning, whirling around with tears in his eyes.
- The wind whistled through the trees, making the leaves whirl round Tanon's head.
- My mind whirls; I knew that all of Leo's business transactions weren't going to be the right side of the law, but for the government to be involved shocked me.
- This work conveys a sense of elements whirling about with the wind, much as in his In the Beginning; the artist makes good use of sgraffito to create additional designs.
- Around her whirled a kaleidoscope of unfamiliar faces, a jumbled chorus of voices sounding in ten different languages.
- Elise stared at the missive, brain whirling with unspoken questions.
- Scarlet and rust-colored leaves whirled around his feet with the cool wind.
- He took Becki's hands in his and they whirled round and round, until Becki felt rather dizzy.
- Words peel off from the text and whirl round the reader, who can also hit the words so that they bounce back to the walls, sometimes taking up different positions from before.
- I'm still drunk and my head whirls around endlessly.
- She left them, and made her way back to her bunk, her mind whirling.
- But how can you sack out when your brain is whirling over tomorrow's three tests, cheerleading tryouts and your latest crush?
- Her mind was whirling too, and before she could think it was a loud, unexpected ‘splash’, and she was thrown into the depth of a blue lake.
- Will I soon be going to Tea Dances at the village hall, whirling Mrs Skidmore round in a slow waltz in between the cups of weak Typhoo and the Garibaldi biscuits?
- Clutching the tightly wrapped parcel in her hands, she poked her head out again, only to draw it back inside with a quickness that left her heart pounding and her mind whirling.
- Her mind was whirling with the fact that he'd kissed her back.
- I stared out the window, my mind spinning and whirling.
- The cloud seemed to shimmer slightly, and then it coalesced into two whirling dust devils that raced away towards the enemy at phenomenal speed.
- Still, my mind whirls as the ground comes crashing upwards, ending in a bone-jarring snap.
- It seemed as though her body was dissolving, and as the potency rose, that her mind was whirling, spinning free of her.
- All these details whirl round the hub of a performance by Stephens that excites decidedly mixed feelings.
- He was once again stoic and calculating, the face was blank, but she could sense that behind it his mind was whirling.
- His brow furrowed in contemplation, his mind whirling.
- Mind whirling with sudden recognition, I placed her in my memory as the girl I'd noticed at Demitrav's office.
- They leave the walls and whirl round her, then fall like snow to the floor.
- Instead, the fire whipped and whirled around me, crawling up the walls and ceiling as it coursed through the halls.
- My mind is whirling so quickly, I can't even think.
- It is also helpful to whirl the water round and then break the egg into the centre of the whirlpool.
- Predictably, he discovered on arrival at 6.15 on Wednesday night that, while his golf clubs were whirling round the carousel, his luggage had been lost en route.
- All he knew was that his brain was whirling, his throat was burning, and everything was all wrong.
- Every time a Philly player scores a home run, a huge illuminated ‘liberty bell’ will whirl around, flash and chime repeatedly.
- I am unable to stand up, and my mind whirls around.
- She kicked off her sandals and we started dancing; me whirling her round and round while her bare feet flew frivolously over the grass.
- Her mind was whirling with what a sight that would be when his coughing brought her back to reality and out of dream land.
- My mind was whirling with unanswered questions.
2(move fast)she whirled past on her bike — pasó en su bicicleta como una exhalación
- he whirled around — se dio media vuelta rápidamente
- Before Matt could reply, the woman had whirled past him and stopped about two inches from my face.
- She whirls into the room, waving what looks like an old dishcloth.
- Whole afternoons must whirl past in a daze at Highgrove with hundreds of people rushing about.
- The world whirled past me in a blur, and I didn't stop for anything.
- He slammed the brakes as the world whirled around and past him.
- Eventually, Samantha whirled past me and saw my predicament.
- Gleaming white walls whirled past his sight and then deep blue shadows.
- Owen, at his most alert and intuitive, spun round to whirl the ball beyond Ricardo with his right foot.
- I pushed past him and whirled down stairs, to see if he was playing tricks with me.
1(spin)hacer girarthe boat was whirled around by the current — la corriente hacía girar el bote
- the wind whirled the dust into the air — el viento levantaba remolinos de polvo
2(convey quickly)llevarhe whirled us off to a nightclub — nos llevó a un club nocturno
1(turn)giro masculinevuelta femininemasculine remolinomasculine torbellinothe social whirl — el ajetreo de la vida social
- my head was in a whirl — la cabeza me daba vueltas
- he was in a whirl — estaba totalmente confundido
- to give sth a whirl
- let's give it a whirl — intentémoslo
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