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09:02 Jul 5, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: tip of an iceberg
at the grassroots, the great dissatisfaction evident in the present state of globalisation is the tip of an iceberg, which is hard to measure
angela asomba-tarer
Local time: 15:53
French translation:infime...
Explanation:
iceberg:Fig. it is just the tip of the iceberg, ce n'est que la partie infime d'un tout.

this definition is given in the Harraps Shorter dictionary. I'm quite sure that there is a saying or a proverb in French to illustrate it in a better way but alas! Looks like my gray matter is frozen.
Hope it helps
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ashiq mangel
Pakistan
Local time: 19:53
Grading comment
thank you very mucH. I must admit i have been racking my brain for the proverb but i just can't get.
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Summary of answers provided
nala partie visible de l'icebergyacine
nainfime...ashiq mangel
nala pointe de l'iceberg
Germaine
nala partie visible de l'iceberg
Evert DELOOF-SYS
nala partie émergée de l'icebergAlain R
naReferenceDaphne b
napartie émergée de l'icebergChristine Lécluse-Boyd
nala surface visible de l'icebergDaphne b


  

Answers


5 mins
la surface visible de l'iceberg


Explanation:
ce n'est que la surface visible de l'iceberg = it's only the tip of the iceberg


Daphne b
Sweden
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19 mins
Reference


Explanation:
Check any general dictionary, Le Petit Robert should definitely have it. For the moment, you might like to have a look at the web page provided below, which gives it in the following context: Ce projet de confronter les œuvres chorégraphiques à l'histoire et aux démarches artistiques qui les ont fait naître, se pose pour Stéphanie Aubin en terme de nécessité : "Je trouve dommage de ne toujours montrer que la surface visible de l'iceberg. J'aimerais pouvoir rendre vivant et perceptible pour le public le processus de ce travail. La danse a toujours été pour moi un art qui s'alimente de son rapport avec les autres disciplines artistiques."


    Reference: http://www.maisondudoc.com/cgi-bin/mdd.cgi?mode=2&Code_Fiche...
Daphne b
Sweden
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29 mins
partie émergée de l'iceberg


Explanation:
French native speaker

Christine Lécluse-Boyd
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29 mins
la partie émergée de l'iceberg


Explanation:
other variations proposed by Termium:
- faible manifestation
- une infime partie de la réalité



    Reference: http://www.termium.com
    Robert-Collins
Alain R
Canada
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32 mins
la partie visible de l'iceberg


Explanation:
or, indeed (but maybe less frequently used) , 'la surface visible de l'iceberg'

Ref.:
www.agrisalon.com/phyto1801.htm
or enter the above at www.google.com



Evert DELOOF-SYS
Belgium
Local time: 15:53
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch, Native in FlemishFlemish
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32 mins
la partie visible de l'iceberg


Explanation:
good luck


yacine
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1 hr
infime...


Explanation:
iceberg:Fig. it is just the tip of the iceberg, ce n'est que la partie infime d'un tout.

this definition is given in the Harraps Shorter dictionary. I'm quite sure that there is a saying or a proverb in French to illustrate it in a better way but alas! Looks like my gray matter is frozen.
Hope it helps

ashiq mangel
Pakistan
Local time: 19:53
PRO pts in pair: 84
Grading comment
thank you very mucH. I must admit i have been racking my brain for the proverb but i just can't get.
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7 hrs
la pointe de l'iceberg


Explanation:
On dit couramment au Québec: "ce n'est que la pointe de l'iceberg"

Germaine
Canada
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