In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(roto, deteriorado)(zapatos) ruineda él no le pasó nada, pero el coche quedó destrozado — he was all right, but the car was a total wreck
- tengo que comprar sillones nuevos, estos ya están destrozados — I've got to buy some new armchairs, these are falling apart
- este diccionario está destrozado — this dictionary is falling to pieces
- tenía los nervios destrozados — her nerves were in shreds / tatters
- tengo los pies destrozados — my feet are killing me
- el conductor tenía la cara destrozada — the driver's face was a real mess
2(persona) (físicamente) exhausted(moralmente) devastated(moralmente) shattered
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