In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1to buyto purchase formalcomprarle algo a algn — to buy sth for sb
- le compré estas flores a una gitana — I bought these flowers off a gypsy
- ¿quieres vender el coche? ¡te lo compro! — do you want to sell your car? I'll buy it from you!
- les compré caramelos a los niños — I bought the children some candy
- se lo voy a comprar para su cumpleaños — I'm going to buy it for his birthday
- comprar algo al por menor / al detalle — to buy / purchase sth retail
- las compran al por mayor — they buy / purchase them wholesale
- comprar dólares a plazo fijo — to buy dollars forward
2informal(sobornar)to buy informalno se deja comprar — he won't be bought
- un árbitro comprado — a bent referee
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