In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(planes) to spoil(planes) to ruin(planes) to mess up informal(sistema) to disruptlos temporales han desbaratado la red de comunicaciones — the storms have disrupted the communications network
- los cambios desbarataron totalmente la organización de la oficina — the changes completely disrupted the organization of the office
- el defensa desbarató la jugada — the defender broke up the move
2Mexico(papeles) to jumble (up)(papeles) to muddle (up)(papeles) to mess up(mecanismo) to ruin(mecanismo) to destroy
1(plan) to be ruined(plan) to be spoiled(sistema) to be disrupted(sistema) to break downse desbarató todo con la lluvia — the rain spoiled everything / ruined all our plans
2Mexico(papeles) to get jumbled up(papeles) to get muddled (up)(papeles) to get messed up(mecanismo) to get broken(mecanismo) to break
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