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12:16 Nov 14, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: to have it both ways
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5<strong><marquee>NEED MORE CONTEXT</marquee></strong>
sylver
5on ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurrexxxohlala
4 +1Le meilleur des deux mondes
Lise Boismenu, B.Sc.
4 +1d'avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre
Maya Jurt


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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
d'avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre


Explanation:
like "can't have the cake and eat it"

Maya Jurt
Switzerland
Local time: 07:08
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 491

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Giselle Chaumien: Bravo Maya (et bonjour)!
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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Le meilleur des deux mondes


Explanation:
In French, "both ways" refers to "two worlds" which, by extension, means that you can or cannot have it both ways:
"therefore, why are you asking to have it both ways?": "Dans ce cas, pourquoi demander le meilleur des deux mondes?"

Lise Boismenu, B.Sc.
Canada
Local time: 01:08
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 1162

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agree  Maya Jurt: Very fitting
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
on ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre


Explanation:
Il faudrait connaître le contexte dans lquel cette expression est utilisée

xxxohlala
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in RussianRussian
PRO pts in pair: 247
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1 day 6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
<strong><marquee>NEED MORE CONTEXT</marquee></strong>


Explanation:
WARNING: Depending on the context, that same sentence could also mean that one has lost no mater what he does. However, this is a specialized meaning and the other answers might be more appropriate. I suggest you give some more context and ask again.

sylver
Local time: 14:08
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 29
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