In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Zoologydog(cuando se quiere hacer referencia específica al sexo del animal) bitchsaqué mi perra a pasear — I took my dog out for a walk
2Spain informal(moneda)coinno tenía ni una perra — I didn't have a bean / a penny informal
- emigró e hizo unas perras — he emigrated and made a few quid
- costar/valer cuatro perras — to cost/to be worth next to nothing
3.1Spain informal (rabieta)tantrumcogió una perra terrible — he had / threw a terrible tantrum
3.2Spain informal (manía)obsessionle ha dado la perra de comprarse un coche nuevo — he's obsessed with the idea of buying a new car
4.1Colombia informal (borrachera)se pegó una perra espantosa — he got completely plastered informal
4.2also perra de agua calienteColombiahot-water bottle
5Peru informal(olor de pies)¡qué tal perra! — phew! your feet smell! informal
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