In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Zoologybirdcon los pájaros volados — in a bad mood
- matar dos pájaros de un tiro — to kill two birds with one stone
- ser pájaro de mal agüero — to be a prophet of doom / a Jeremiah
- tener pájaros en la cabeza — to be dizzy-headed
- más vale pájaro en mano que cien / ciento volando — a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
- pájaro que comió, voló — said of or by a person who eats and then rushes off
2informal(granuja)bad lotnasty piece of work informalser un pájaro de cuenta — to be a nasty piece of work / a bad lot / an unpleasant character informal
(asesino)(in the pay of landowners) hired killer
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