In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(tighten spring of)(toy/watch) darle cuerda a
1.2(bring to conclusion)(speech/meeting/campaign) cerrar(speech/meeting/campaign) poner fin a
1.3(close down)(company) cerrar(company) liquidar(partnership) liquidar
2.2(make angry) torear(make angry) darle manija a River Plate informal(tease) tomarle el pelo a informal
3.1informal (end up, find oneself)terminaracabarhe'll wind up in jail — va a terminar / acabar en la cárcel
- I got on the wrong train and wound up in Boston — me equivoqué de tren y fui a parar / a dar a Boston
- we always seem to wind up arguing — siempre terminamos / acabamos peleando
- she wound up with a broken leg — terminó / acabó con una pierna rota
- he wound up with the largest share — al final le tocó la parte más grande
3.2(conclude)(speaker) concluir(speaker) terminar
3.3(come to end)(campaign/project) concluir(campaign/project) terminar
3.4it winds up at the back — se le da cuerda por detrás
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