In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(vergüenza)¡qué apuro! — how embarrassing!
- ¡qué apuro me hiciste pasar! — you really embarrassed me
- me daba apuro pedirle más dinero — I was too embarrassed to ask him for more money
2(aprieto, dificultad)se vio en apuros — he found himself in a predicament / a difficult situation / a tight spot
- está en un gran apuro — she's in an awful situation / a terrible predicament
- me sacó del apuro prestándome el dinero — he got me out of it / off the hook by lending me the money
- no lo tires que pueda servir para sacar del apuro — don't throw it away it might come in useful
- me puso en un apuro cuando me lo preguntó — she put me in a real predicament / in an awkward position by asking me
- pasaron muchos apuros para salvar el negocio — they had an uphill struggle / they went through a lot to save the business
- se ven en apuros para controlarlos — they have a lot of trouble controlling them
3Latin America(prisa)rushen el apuro lo dejó en el mostrador — in the rush she left it on the counter
- esto tiene apuro — this is urgent
- casarse de apuro
- se casó de apuro — she had to get married
- se tuvieron que casar de apuro — they had a shotgun wedding
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