lettre à cheval

English translation: straddle letter

11:34 Jan 15, 2003
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: lettre à cheval
Lettre à cheval

(In a banking/finance context)
Paula Price
Local time: 11:19
English translation:straddle letter
Dict. du management,financier, juridique etc. Robert & Collins - 1992
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Local time: 11:19
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4 +2straddle letter
3letter of complaint
Yolanda Broad

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straddle letter

Dict. du management,financier, juridique etc. Robert & Collins - 1992

United Kingdom
Local time: 11:19
Native speaker of: Native in RomanianRomanian
PRO pts in pair: 12

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agree  cjohnstone: likely
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agree  Louise Dupont
8 hrs

neutral  Yolanda Broad: "straddle" = double option; can't find the full phrase, "straddle letter," anywhere on the Web
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letter of complaint

I have managed to locate examples of this phrase in French, 4 of which would apply to a business/finance context. In all of them, the context implies that a customer is complaining about poor delivery of services/products. For example:

... suis pas médecin, moi ! Je me suis contenté de renvoyer toutes mes fioles au pharmacien avec une lettre à cheval. Et il y en ... www.lechatnoir.free.fr/historique/chatnoir/ allais/28_allais_se_tordre_medecin.htm

Mme Petypon. -moi, pendant ce temps-là, j' écris une lettre à cheval à ma couturière.
Petypon. -à ta... ?
Mme Petypon. -mais oui, elle devait déjà me livrer cette robe hier ; alors, moi, ne voyant rien venir...

Here is the Google search results URL for those 5 references:

    Reference: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22lettre...
Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 06:19
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1551
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