In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1smokefumesempezó a echar humo — smoke started pouring out of it
- hacerse humo — to make oneself scarce
- a la hora de pagar siempre se hace humo — when it's time to pay the bill he always makes himself scarce / does a vanishing trick
- irse/venirse al humo
- llegó con las tortas y los chicos se fueron al humo — she arrived with the cakes and the kids gathered round like bees around a honey pot
- llegar al humo de las velas — to arrive just as everyone is leaving
- donde hay humo hay fuego — there's no smoke without fire
- echar humo por las orejas — to be fuming
2humos masculine plural(aires)¡vaya humos que tiene! — she really thinks she's the bees knees / the cat's whiskers informal
- bajarle los humos a algn — to take sb down a peg or two
- subírsele los humos a la cabeza a algn
- se le han subido los humos a la cabeza — he's become very high and mighty / very stuck-up
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