In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Medicine Veterinary Scienceplagueepidemicdecir / echar pestes de algn — to run sb down informal
- hablar pestes de algn — to bitch about sb
- huirle a algn/algo como a la peste or huir de algn/algo como de la peste — to avoid sb/sth like the plague
- ser la peste — to be a nuisance
2Latin America informal(enfermedad contagiosa) bug informal(resfriado) cold
3informal(mal olor)stinkpong British informal¡qué peste hay aquí, abran las ventanas! — what a stink there is in here, open the windows!
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