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09:59 Jun 27, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial
French term or phrase: à armes inégales
La concurrence était par ailleurs à armes inégales.
h. vadney
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Summary of answers provided
na +1inequitableFayçal Falaky
nagrossly unfairHeathcliff
namoreover, the competitors were unevenly matched
lefoque
nanot on a level playing field
CLS Lexi-tech
na"the competition was, on the other hand, unfairSergio Tezza
naon an uneven footingLouise Atfield
naunfairTelesforo Fernandez


  

Answers


11 mins peer agreement (net): +1
inequitable


Explanation:
The competition was infact inequitable.

Meaning : unfair, unjust, one-sided.

Fayçal Falaky
Local time: 21:44
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxR.J.Chadwick: "Unfair competition" is a standard (and familiar) collocation
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26 mins
on an uneven footing


Explanation:
"Incidentally, the competition was taking place on an uneven footing." or something like that.

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300
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35 mins
unfair


Explanation:
when say armes inegales , you mean unfair most emphatically.

Telesforo Fernandez
Local time: 02:14
PRO pts in pair: 216
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51 mins
"the competition was, on the other hand, unfair


Explanation:
it means that one side was overwhelmingly stronger than the other

Sergio Tezza
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1 hr
not on a level playing field


Explanation:
this is a common expression in English (we use it often in Canada vis a vis the States); not a specialist, but I have a feeling that the term unfair almost edges on the illegal (as in "unfair trade practices".
Regards,
Paola L M


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 15:44
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 162
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3 hrs
grossly unfair


Explanation:
would seem to convey the intent. -- HC

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 12:44
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 953
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11 hrs
moreover, the competitors were unevenly matched


Explanation:
since competition implies more than one participant, I think unevenly matched works without implying intentional unfairness. However, this expression is sports oriented.

lefoque
United States
Local time: 15:44
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 209
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