In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(cuadro/cortina) to take down
2(teléfono) to pick updejar el teléfono descolgado — to leave the phone off the hook
1lo dejó sonar dos veces antes de descolgar — he let it ring twice before he picked it up / answered it
1(por una cuerda)to lower oneself
2(en una carrera)to pull awayto break awayse descolgó del grupo en la última vuelta — he pulled away from the group on the last lap
3informal(dejar caer)descolgarse con algo
- a último momento se descolgó con que no podía venir — at the last minute he suddenly announced that he couldn't come
- se descolgaron con un 20% de aumento en las tarifas — they unexpectedly put fares up by 20%
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