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il a les mains nettes (fig.)He is honest; His hands are clean.Rate it:

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sacred cowSomething which cannot be tampered with, or criticized, for fear of public outcry.Rate it:

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nothing is sacredUsed to lament the lack of respect for traditions, ideas, values, etc. and conveys that not much is still considered inviolable or untouchableRate it:

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sous (or, par) bénéfice d'inventaire1. (lit. in a legal sense) Without prejudice. 2. (fig.) Only to a certain point, conditionally, for what it is worth, with a pinch of salt.Rate it:

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à chemin battu il ne croît pas d'herbe(fig.) There is no profit in an affair in which many are engaged.Rate it:

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avoir les coudées franches(lit.) To have elbow-room; (fig.) To have full scope.Rate it:

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battre la campagne1. (lit.) To scour the country. 2. (fig.) To talk nonsense. 3. (of invalids) To wander. 4. To beat about the bush.Rate it:

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brouiller les caries(fig.) To sow discord.Rate it:

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ça entre comme dans du beurre(fig.) It is as easy as anything.Rate it:

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cela est usé jusqu'à la corde(lit.) That is worn threadbare; (fig.) That is thoroughly hackneyed.Rate it:

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cela ne sent pas bon(fig.) I don’t like the look of that.Rate it:

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cela ne vaut pas les quatre fers d'un chienThat is not worth a rap, a fig (i.e., nothing, for a dog is not shod).Rate it:

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cela se mange froid(lit.) That is eaten cold; (fig.) That is a matter of no importance; That is easily done.Rate it:

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des objets de carton(fig.) Gimcrack things.Rate it:

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dormir sur les deux oreilles(lit.) To sleep soundly; (fig.) To have no cause for anxiety.Rate it:

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en bon français(lit.) In good French; (fig.) In plain English (i.e. without mincing matters).Rate it:

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en tout pays il y a une lieue de mauvais chemin(fig.) In every enterprise difficulties have to be encountered.Rate it:

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enfin de compte(lit.) When the addition is made; (fig.) When all is told; When all is said and done.Rate it:

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essuyer les plâtresTo move into a newly-built house before the walls are dry; (fig.) To experience the disadvantages of a beginning.Rate it:

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être ferme sur les arçons(lit.) To have a firm seat in the saddle; (fig.) Not to waver in one’s principles.Rate it:

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faire des frais(lit.) To go to expense; (fig.) To make efforts to please.Rate it:

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faire un faux pas(lit.) To stumble; (fig.) To make a slip; To commit a mistake.Rate it:

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Holy of HoliesThe most sacred place within a sacred building.Rate it:

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il a les reins solides(lit.) He is strong; (fig.) He has a long purse.Rate it:

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il a saigné du nez(lit.) His nose bled; (fig.) His heart failed him.Rate it:

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il conduit bien sa barque(fig.) He plays his cards well.Rate it:

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il court sur mes brisées(lit.) He pursues the same game as I do; (fig.) He poaches on my preserves.Rate it:

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il crève dans sa peau (fam.)(lit.) He is extremely fat; (fig.) He is bursting with pride, spite.Rate it:

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il dort sur les deux oreilles(lit.) He sleeps soundly; (fig.) His mind is quite easy.Rate it:

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il est dur à la détente(fig.) He is close-fisted, a miser.Rate it:

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il n'entend pas de cette oreille(fig.) He will listen to nothing on that subject.Rate it:

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il prêche dans le désert(lit.) He preaches to empty benches; (fig.) All his talking will not convince any one.Rate it:

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il tient la caisse(lit.) He keeps the cash account; (fig.) He holds the purse-strings.Rate it:

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il tomba les quatre fers en l'air(lit.) He fell on his back; (fig.) He was struck all of a heap.Rate it:

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il y met les quatre doigts et le pouce(lit.) He eats greedily; (fig.) He acts clumsily.Rate it:

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ils tiraient la langue(lit.) They put their tongues out; (fig.) They showed signs of distress.Rate it:

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je crois que vous brodez(fig.) I think you are exaggerating, romancing.Rate it:

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je lui ai donné sur les doigtsI rapped his knuckles (lit. and fig.).Rate it:

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je n'ai pas voix au chapitre(lit.) I have no right to speak; (fig.) My opinion is not listened to.Rate it:

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je ne suis pas de votre force(lit.) I am not so strong as you are; (fig.) I am no match for you.Rate it:

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je reviens de loin(lit.) I come from a long distance; (fig.) I am recovering from a long illness.Rate it:

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je vous donne beau jeu(lit.) I give you good cards; (fig.) I give you a good opportunity; I play into your hands.Rate it:

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jouer gros jeu(lit.) To play for high stakes; (fig.) To risk very much in an attempt.Rate it:

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jurer ses grands dieuxTo affirm vehemently; To swear by all that one holds sacred.Rate it:

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le premier venu(fig.) No matter who (or, whom); The man in the street.Rate it:

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marquer le pas(lit.) To mark time; (fig.) To wait for a post to which one has a right.Rate it:

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mener la vie à grandes guides(lit.) To drive life four in hand; (fig.) To live a very fast life.Rate it:

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mettre de l'eau dans son vin(fig.) To come down a peg.Rate it:

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mettre en coupe réglée(lit.) To cut down periodically (of forests); (fig.) To lay regularly under contribution.Rate it:

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n'y revenez pas(lit.) Do not come here again; (fig.) Do not do that again.Rate it:

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