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Il ne faut pas reveiller le chat qui dort

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06:49 Aug 10, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: Il ne faut pas reveiller le chat qui dort
How would you translate this? Literally?
Paul Labour
English translation:See below
Explanation:
hello there,

This is a lovely French Proverb so it can't be translated litterally.

It translates as

"Let sleeping dogs lie"
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naLet sleeping dogs lie
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naLet sleeping dogs lieJesús Paredes
naSee belowabrir


  

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2 mins
See below


Explanation:
hello there,

This is a lovely French Proverb so it can't be translated litterally.

It translates as

"Let sleeping dogs lie"

abrir
PRO pts in pair: 56

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Evert DELOOF-SYS

Heathcliff

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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6 mins
Let sleeping dogs lie


Explanation:
It means "to avoid trouble".
If you ask for a literal then you could use: There is no need to wake up a sleeping cat.

Jesús Paredes
Local time: 04:53
PRO pts in pair: 28

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Heathcliff

abrir

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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35 mins
Let sleeping dogs lie


Explanation:
To concur with previous answers meaning leave as is, leave well enough alone, don't go looking for trouble.

A happy sleeping (French)cat is best left alone, as is a happy sleeping (English) dog. Evidence that perhaps both the French and the English do love animals and that there is a way forward in Europe.

P.S. If you have children, French or English, the same applies!

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 10:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4412

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