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French to English Idioms / Maxims / Sayings Translation Glossary

French term English translation
alors que vous y étiez seul while you were undertaking your own analysis
Entered by: Rasha Ali Hassan
j'ai vevu mon enfance à retardement rephrase;I made up for my lost childhood and am now relivng my past..
tous azimuts are developing full-scale/ in every way imaginable
"A quelque chose malheur est bon." "Every cloud has a silver lining."
Entered by: David Hollywood
"L'aube n'est jamais si proche qu'au plus noir de la nuit." it is always darkest just before dawn
Entered by: NancyLynn
"Mange ta main, garde l'autre pour demain." Eat one hand, keep the other for tomorrow (child's verse)
Entered by: NancyLynn
"Sont pris ceux qui croyaient prendre" It is a case of the biter bit
'Jouer La Pythie' To give a Delphic answer
Entered by: B D Finch
a la guerre comme a la guerre all is fair in love and war
achat à tiroir package deal / complete solution
Entered by: Kimberly De Haan
aller à la faute leave the track, or road
Entered by: Carol Gullidge
ancrer (firmly) based in
appeler de ses voeux to pin one's hopes on
arroseur de chrysanthème just there for show/as decoration/just a pretty face/a token figure/window dressing
artisan (de cette révolution) driving force
au bouchon up to our eyes ; fully stretched ; flat out
Entered by: Sheila Wilson
Avec des si, on mettrait Paris en bouteille If ifs and ands were pots and pans
avec le bémol de with, on the down side, the fact that
avoir froid aux yeux For those with a sense of adventure
Entered by: Irène Guinez
avoir la piqûre only have eyes for
à bon ouvrier, bon outil to a good workman, a good set of tools
Entered by: Stéphanie Soudais
à faire sécher les oreilles beggars belief/can't believe my ears
à leur face même blatantly
Entered by: Yolanda Broad
à passer par pertes et profits to be written off
à tous les vents open to the elements
à tout vent indiscriminately
ça cogite sec put a lot of thought into
Entered by: Sarah Bessioud
être dans l'oeil du cyclone to be in the eye of the storm
Entered by: Nadia Stephanov
être rôdé à well-versed in
‘salade de bielles’ the engine blew
Entered by: Carol Gullidge
baiser les babouches humiliating oneself
beda bumpkin
Entered by: AllegroTrans
bien si on ne s’emmêle pas les pinceaux OK if you don\'t get them muddled up
Bisounours care bear
boucanier buccaneer
C'est le diable qui rosse sa moitie et qui marie sa fille It's raining and the sun is shining at the same time
cadre et hors champ in frame and out of frame
ce qui est pris n'est plus à prendre grab it while the going's good
ce qui fut dit fut fait And so it was; And thus it was...
Entered by: Carol Gullidge
celui qui aime apprendre est bien près du savoir to be fond of learning is near to wisdom
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