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07:08 Apr 27, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: la peur au ventre
A poem. A situation of fear
Assia Mouhoub
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Summary of answers provided
4stomach gripped with fearMary Rathle
nasick to the stomachMarceK
nagripped by fearcme_haden
naShit scaredBrian
na"Fear through the guts", or "bellyfull of fear"Louise Atfield
na"That fear deep down"Louise Atfield
nasick with fearBrian
na'a deep-seated fear'Lynne M. Nickerson
naGnawed by fear.xxxrnoel
naTo be sick with fearDavid Palmer
nasee below
Nina Gettler
naextreme, nauseating fear
Tressa Rappold
nato be terrified/petrifiedJane Coulter
nagut-wrenching fearToña Morales-Calkins
nasickened with fearKaren Pomnitz


  

Answers


3 hrs
sickened with fear


Explanation:
"peur au ventre" - feeling of fear in the pit of one's stomach. But, depending on the context, the meaning could be extended to "sickened with fear".

Karen Pomnitz
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3 hrs
To be sick with fear


Explanation:
Dictionnaire Hachette-Oxford

David Palmer
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3 hrs
Gnawed by fear.


Explanation:
We need the context. Is the phrase the title of the poem? Is is used in reference to a person who has "la peur au ventrt?

xxxrnoel
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4 hrs
see below


Explanation:
Depending on the context and use, you might say something like "to have a bellyful of fear" or "to have fear in his belly". That might work, particularly in the context of a poem.

hope this helps
nina

Nina Gettler
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6 hrs
extreme, nauseating fear


Explanation:
this is the kind of fear you feel in the pit of your stomach, a gut-wrenching, primordial fear

Tressa Rappold
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12 hrs
gut-wrenching fear


Explanation:
More context would help here . . . you could also say sickening fear, fear in the pit of his/her stomach, paralyzing fear, profound fear . . . Your choice really depends upon where in the poem this phrase appears and what surrounds it.

Toña Morales-Calkins
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18 hrs
to be terrified/petrified


Explanation:
You could also use to be sick with fear, depending on the context

Jane Coulter
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1 day 3 hrs
'a deep-seated fear'


Explanation:
Not to be overlooked, depending on the context, is 'a deep-seated fear' of something, bordering on a phobia; this inexplicable petrifying fear of something.


    Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary
Lynne M. Nickerson
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1 day 8 hrs
sick with fear


Explanation:
A direct translation of each word does not work in this instance, so it is necessary to convey the meaning whilst keeping as close as possible to the original words.

Brian
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1 day 11 hrs
gripped by fear


Explanation:
"Gripped by fear" conveys the same intensity of fear as the French phrase in an authentic English idiomatic manner.

cme_haden
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2 days 4 hrs
sick to the stomach


Explanation:
Meaning apprehensive, or fearing something coming up, making you sick to the stomach.
For example if you are a shy person and have a fear of giving presentations, when you would have to do one, you would get sick to your stomach.

Of course it all depends upont the context in the poem.

MarceK
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6 days
Shit scared


Explanation:
Crude translation
Depends on the tone and level of familiarity of the poem , of course !

Brian
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21 days
"Fear through the guts", or "bellyfull of fear"


Explanation:
If I remember well, this is the title of the poem. It stands for the more complete "j'ai la peur au ventre" or "avoir la peur au ventre". A title that would give the same feeling would be one of the ones above.

Louise Atfield
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21 days
"That fear deep down"


Explanation:
It it is indeed the title of a poem, this would give the right "feel". If the expression is not a title, please could you give the full sentence?

Louise Atfield
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stomach gripped with fear


Explanation:
or fear in my belly - Could use more context from this poem, but the above is a literal translation.

Mary Rathle
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