In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(make sound)(person) silbarchiflar(referee) pitar(kettle) silbar(kettle) pitar(train) pitar(wind) silbar(wind) aullarto whistle to a dog — silbarle / chiflarle a un perro
- he whistled to me to take cover — me silbó para que me pusiera a cubierto
- to whistle at the girls — chiflarles a las chicas
- to whistle for sth
- if they want more money, they can whistle for it — si quieren más dinero, van a tener que esperar sentados
- No more than the rest of us, the referee couldn't see what was coming and instead of leaving the advantage to develop he whistled for a free to Laois while Fitzpatrick was in full flow.
- She awoke the next morning to the sound of chirping birds and the wind whistling through the trees.
- The wind whistled through the holes in my woolly hat, rather defying the point of wearing it in the first place.
- A biting wind blew furiously, whistling against the peak and making the clouds swirl about like ghosts.
- Minutes later UW's parade to the penalty box continued when Della Mora was whistled for slashing.
- The crowd roared to life, cheering and whistling loudly.
- Time to dust off the old Harley, head out of town, and start feeling that wind whistling through your hair.
- I sat there, with the sun beating down on me, the wind whistling in my hair and the sound of a buzzard overhead looking for prey.
- The wind was whistling through the many holes but, fortunately for us, the return trip was to be made over the North Sea instead of the usual route over Europe.
- The kettle on the stove whistled sharply, interrupting her thoughts.
- His breath whistles through his teeth as he climbs.
- One sunny morning both children were sitting on the back steps; Bob was whistling between his teeth and staring into nothingness so Brigid wisely kept quiet.
- He surprised himself by whistling as he began the walk from his house to Janice's.
- I whistled loudly and a moving van obediently heeded my call and pulled up right next to me.
- At the showing the audience cheered, whistled, rocked with laughter, but all were moved, and were very proud.
- To my surprise I could whistle the entire guitar solo - it's been locked in my brain all these years, waiting.
- And I don't think many people know of another trait of this many-faceted genius: that he could whistle beautifully.
- Receiving a clearance on his own 22, he made a burst beyond halfway and then was promptly and harshly whistled for not releasing by referee Simon McDowell.
- ‘The wind used to whistle through the door but not any longer,’ said Mr Ellis, who has lived in the house for 15 years.
- All you could hear was the wind whistling through the stadium
- Tinnitus is a condition where the sufferer hears intermittent or continuous ringing, hissing, whistling, roaring or buzzing noises in one or both ears.
- Referee Karl Kirkpatrick was the dominant figure in the opening exchanges, whistling 13 penalties in the first half before dishing out four yellow cards in the second.
- He cleared decisively, pumping his fist at the animated and ecstatic stand as the ref whistled for the last time.
- Referee Declan Corcoran had a busy match, whistling for 45 frees and flashing no less than eight yellow cards in what was a very stop-start game throughout.
- The audience cheered and whistled, but the happy couple was oblivious.
- Cold winds whistled through the railings on the Jacksonville Beach Pier one morning last week.
- And so, Peter Howard strolled back towards the lower engine compartment, cheerfully whistling under his breath.
- The weather contributes to the feeling with winds whistling through the towns and rain lashing against our windows.
- Hayley's husband Greg walked along side her for the whole 5km cheering and whistling, providing the encouragement she needed to win.
- She whistled, a high pitch noise that she figured would get his attention, and he turned around to look at her.
- Urs Meier, the Swiss referee, appears to have stopped whistling fouls against either team.
- Instantly the whole hill became spotted with white puffs of smoke, and bullets began to whistle through our little grove.
- The only sound is the wind whistling through the tall pines.
- When the kettle began whistling, I turned around to get the hot water for my green tea.
- More of the bullets seemed to be whistling past the gaping holes rather than creating any kind of impact with the afflicted target.
- The Congresswoman is whistling through her teeth.
- The boys took deep breaths and started whistling.
- He whistled through his teeth, a high pitched sound that grated on the human ears.
- Even now, you only have to hum a bar or two of its chorus, and pretty soon everyone around you will be humming or whistling, or singing along under their breath.
- The game was stuck in the middle of the pitch for long periods as both teams cancelled each other out and the referee constantly whistled for minor offences stopping either side gaining momentum.
- Katie heard the distinct sounds of water gurgling and wind whistling though caves in the rock.
- Referee Brian Crowe started as he meant to go on: whistling for even the slightest indiscretion.
- They were standing in a butcher shop, with the wind whistling through the cracks around the door.
- The train whistled and slowly began its entrance to the London station.
- They broke into spontaneous clapping, cheering and whistling when the Band of the Irish Guards played Happy Birthday for the Queen at the end of the parade as a surprise.
- So there I was, hands stuffed in the pockets of my dark blue sweat pants, whistling cheerfully and thinking of escape with all the zest of a death row convict.
- The remainder of the first period saw the two clubs whistled for a pair of penalties each, but neither side could capitalize on the ensuing power plays.
- The kettle began to whistle, and she broke herself out of her reverie and made two mugs of tea.
- A howler monkey screamed in the tree tops and frogs and cicadas and other creatures he could not name whistled and chirped in the dark.
- When it began to whistle she took it off and poured the hot water into two mugs.
- Noah was whistling softly under his breath, his fingers tapping gently to the beat of a song on the radio.
- Top of the list of Rathvilly errors was over-carrying, which the referee whistled for time and again.
- This section of road was flat and not having the wind whistling through our helmets we became acutely aware of just how isolated and tranquil our surroundings were.
- Ajet's header under pressure had put him in between the two last defenders, but referee Mr L. Williams spurned the chance to play advantage and whistled for the foul on the provider.
- Referee George Mitchell whistled for a penalty which Scott Crabbe converted.
- That would have been harsh, but it was even more baffling when it emerged later that Mr East whistled for a spot-kick because of a handball by Paul Groves.
- She heard the late birds chirp, the crickets whistle, the stray dogs howl.
- Strong north-westerly winds whistling around Blackpool's cavernous Winter Gardens this week appear to have blown away the Conservatives.
- One of the huge stained-glass windows on the north side of the building had been removed, allowing a bitterly cold wind to whistle around the building.
- The mountains had always been my refuge; in the wind whistling through the crevices, I have long found peaceful reassurance.
- And when Tyrone Howe allowed a Troncon box kick to bounce just short of the Irish line, his team was fortunate that the referee whistled for an earlier offence and also that Pilat missed the kick.
- Fear of cold doomed them before the ref even whistled play to begin.
- Now he whistles through his teeth, lives in a modest London flat and is threatening to release an album.
2(speed, rush)to whistle by — pasar silbando
- shells went whistling overhead — pasaban proyectiles silbando por encima
2(signal)he whistled the dogs over — llamó a los perros con un silbido
- he whistled the play dead — pitó para detener el juego
1(instrument)silbato masculinepito masculineto blow a whistle — pitar
- a factory whistle — la sirena de una fábrica
- as clean as a whistle
- your lungs are as clean as a whistle — no tiene absolutamente nada en los pulmones
- his record is as clean as a whistle — tiene un historial sin mancha
- to blow the whistle on sb — (reprimand) llamar a algn al orden
- (put a stop to) to blow the whistle on sth — tomar medidas para acabar con algo
- to wet one's whistle — mojarse el garguero
2(sound)masculine silbidomasculine chiflidomasculine silbatomasculine pitidomasculine silbidomasculine pitidomasculine pitidomasculine silbido
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