In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(en correspondencia)letter¿hay carta para mí? — are there any letters for me?
- carta de despido/renuncia — letter of dismissal/resignation
- carta de solicitud — letter of application
2(naipe)cardbaraja de cartas — deck of cards
- jugar a las cartas — to play cards
- barajar/dar las cartas — to shuffle/deal the cards
- a carta cabal
- es honrado a carta cabal — he's completely and utterly honest
- es un caballero a carta cabal — he's a perfect / real gentleman
- echarle las cartas a algn — to tell sb's fortune
- fue a que le echaran las cartas — he went to have his fortune told
- jugar bien las cartas — to play one's cards right
- jugarse la última carta — to play one's last card
- todavía no me he jugado la última carta — I still have one card up my sleeve / left to play
- jugárselo todo a una carta — to risk everything on one throw
- no saber a qué carta quedarse
- no sé a qué carta quedarme — I don't know what to think
- poner las cartas boca arriba / sobre la mesa — to put / lay one's cards on the table
- tomar cartas en algo — to intervene in sth
- voy a tener que tomar cartas en el asunto — I'm going to have to step in / intervene
4(en un restaurante)menucomer a la carta — to eat à la carte
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