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English translation: playing diamonds

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French term or phrase:jouer carreau
English translation:playing diamonds
Entered by: Hacene
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12:27 Feb 19, 2005
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Poetry & Literature
French term or phrase: jouer carreau
What does "tu joues carreau avec mon coeur" mean in French, please?

Thanks in advance
Carlos Martnez
play diamond
Explanation:
it is a pun: you play diamond with my heart

referring to card game suites (heart, diamond, club, spade)
without more context, it is difficult to explain the exact meaning, however, as a Belote player, it might mean that the person playing diamond is not helping, or playing righfully with the other person's heart.
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Hacene
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:14
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3 +5play diamond
Hacene


  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +5
play diamond


Explanation:
it is a pun: you play diamond with my heart

referring to card game suites (heart, diamond, club, spade)
without more context, it is difficult to explain the exact meaning, however, as a Belote player, it might mean that the person playing diamond is not helping, or playing righfully with the other person's heart.

Hacene
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:14
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
Graded automatically based on peer agreement.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  irat56
33 mins
  -> merci Irat

agree  Michel A.
41 mins
  -> cheers Michel

agree  mannix
43 mins
  -> merci Mannix

agree  Martine Brault
53 mins
  -> thenk you Traviata

agree  Carmy Tutino
1 hr
  -> cheers Carmy

neutral  xxxcmwilliams: I think the literal translation would be "you are playing diamonds with my heart".
1 hr
  -> possible, the tense would be depending on the context

neutral  Jennifer White: yes, playing diamonds
2 hrs
  -> hi Jenny, same answer as above

neutral  Dennis Mahony: "Play diamond" is not English. "Play diamonds" might be English, if the anglophone reading the translation knows card games. Neither makes much sense to me, an anglophone by birth. Figurative expressions are especially in need of ample context for transl.
17 hrs
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