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18:29 Oct 31, 2007
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English to French translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: low man on the totem pole
je connais le sens de cette expression, mais en exise-t-il une en français utilisable dans un contexte de rapport de consulting HR.

Parlant d'une division de la boîte, le consultant dit :they are the ‘low man on the totem pole’ (quelque chose entre "les derniers des sous-fifres" et "la cinquième roue de la charrette")

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Michel A.
Local time: 00:37

Summary of answers provided
5Être la cinquième roue du carrosse
4 +1la dernière roue du carrosse
Kévin Bacquet

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la dernière roue du carrosse

Etre au plus bas de l'échelle.

Note added at 33 minutes (2007-10-31 19:03:13 GMT)

the low man on the totem pole (American)
someone who has the least important position in an organization. He started as the low man on the totem pole and worked his way up to be manager.
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/low man on the totem pol...
D'où l'expression "au plus bas de l'échelle". A adapter en fonction du texte.

Kévin Bacquet
Local time: 06:37
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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agree  Sophieanne: Et 'la cinquième roue du carrosse"?
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  -> Merci! Oui bien sûr!
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Être la cinquième roue du carrosse

En traduction des proverbes est dictons, nous devons trouver les équivalents. Je suis sûre que c'est l'èquivalence de "LOW MAN ON THE TOTEM POLE"

Example sentence(s):
  • Pour signifier à quelqu'un de son inutilité, on le traite de la cinquième roue du carrosse

    Reference: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roue#Expressions
    Reference: http://www.linternaute.com/expression/langue-francaise/145/e...
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