In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1fingertoecontaba con los dedos — he was counting on his fingers
- se podían contar con los dedos — they could be counted on (the fingers of) one hand
- señaló con el dedo lo que quería — he pointed to what he wanted
- es de mala educación señalar con el dedo — it's rude to point
- a dedo
- fuimos a dedo hasta la frontera — we hitchhiked to the border
- recorrió Europa a dedo — she hitchhiked around Europe
- su tío lo colocó a dedo — he got a job thanks to some string-pulling by his uncle
- le concedieron la subvención a dedo — he was awarded the subsidy without following prodedure
- chuparse el dedo — to suck one's thumb
- ¿tú qué crees? ¿que me chupo el dedo? — do you think I was born yesterday?
- estar para chuparse los dedos — to be delicious
- hacer / echar dedo — to hitch
- había dos chicas haciendo dedo — there were two girls trying to hitch a ride
- mover / levantar un dedo
- es incapaz de mover un dedo para ayudarme — he never lifts a finger to help me
- no quitar el dedo del renglón — to insist
- pillarse los dedos — (en un negocio) to get one's fingers burned
- poner el dedo en el renglón — to put one's finger on the spot
- poner el dedo en la llaga — to hit a raw nerve
- ponerle el dedo a algn — (culpar) to point the finger at sb
- señalar a algn con el dedo — (censurar) to point the finger of scorn at sb
2(como medida)hay que subirle dos dedos al dobladillo — the hem needs taking up about an inch
- para mí solo un dedo de whisky — just a drop of whiskey for me
- estuvo a dos dedos de perder el trabajo — he came within an ace / an inch of losing his job
- dos dedos de frente
- no tiene dos dedos de frente — he hasn't an ounce of common sense
- cualquiera con dos dedos de frente lo habría entendido — anybody with half a brain / with any common sense would have understood it
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