compagnon d'épaule

English translation: right-hand (wo)man/instrumental

07:30 Sep 25, 2013
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Science (general)
French term or phrase: compagnon d'épaule
This is from an article describing a scientist who has provided a great deal of support to a project.
I feel that in the context it might be translated like 'a constant source of support', but am far from sure.
The only web references I can find seem to be linked to shooting or handbags!
Many thanks in advance for your help or ideas.
Amy Cheshire
Local time: 12:54
English translation:right-hand (wo)man/instrumental
Explanation:
Hi,

I would say that a "compagnon d'épaule" would be semi-literally translated as "right-hand man" (assuming said scientist is a man).
If the tone of this isn't right and depending on the sentence (for future ref. it does help if you post the whole sentence), you can say something along the lines of "X was instrumental in X".

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Marie-Helene Dubois
Spain
Local time: 12:54
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right-hand (wo)man/instrumental


Explanation:
Hi,

I would say that a "compagnon d'épaule" would be semi-literally translated as "right-hand man" (assuming said scientist is a man).
If the tone of this isn't right and depending on the sentence (for future ref. it does help if you post the whole sentence), you can say something along the lines of "X was instrumental in X".



Marie-Helene Dubois
Spain
Local time: 12:54
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4

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agree  Marian Vieyra: I like instrumental.
3 hrs
  -> thanks Marian

agree  B D Finch
7 hrs
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