Mots difficiles en anglais


bouché He's not a bad man, just a bit dense He's so dense!


sang  There were pools of blood and gore on the pavement.


fantasque « It's a good book, but has a very whimsical plot. »


pain d'épices


escroquerie the whole thing was a big con.

to con = arnaquer, escroquer she's been conned.
to con sb into doing sth = tromper qn pour lui faire faire qch
to con sb out of sth = soutirer qch à qn he goes around conning people out of their money. He conned investors out of up to $1000 each.

con man = conman = escroc A few years ago she was the victim of a con man.

to be prone to sth

être sujet(te)  à qch he is prone to indigestion after rich restaurant meals. He was prone to depression.
être enclin(e) à qch males are more prone to violence
être susceptible de people with fair skin are more prone to develop skin cancer.
error-prone : source d'erreur


you thou shalt not kill = tu ne tueras point
thou art = tu es


fig.: pépin
technical glitch = un pépin technique manufacturing glitches have limited the factory's output.



to bob

[boat, cork] flotter Something white was bobbing in the water.   
to bob up and down (in water) = danser, sautiller
to bob about (in the air) = se balancer Huge balloons bobbed about in the sky above.   
to bob up = remonter brusquement à la surface Suddenly an object bobbed up from below the surface.

to snicker

pouffer de rire
snickering = rire étouffé

to drain

exténuer the week's emotional turmoil had drained me.
to feel drained (of energy, emotion) = être épuisé

to clench

serrer to clench the teeth

to be up to scratch

aux normes (produit)
être à la hauteur (=to be up to the mark)

to be up to the mark

être à la hauteur (fig.) I have to watch my staff all the time to keep them up to the mark. The efforts of the security services have not been quite up to the mark.


terre cuite A beautiful terracotta coloured villa.
(couleur) ocre, brun

to cleave


monkey wrench

clé à molette (=adjustable wrench)


flaque « the children were splashing in the puddles. »


ortie. « Nettles have a bad reputation. They sting and they're invasive. »
to grasp the nettle = se jeter à l'eau, prendre le taureau par les cornes. « I hope the government grasps the nettle and comes up with a valid, long-term solution. »

to befuddle

brouiller les idées de problems that are befuddling them.
to be befuddled = avoir les idées brouillées


réconfort, consolation. « They find solace in each other's company. » « I hope you can find some solace in this book. »




qui a du cran a spunky girl


écouter ce qui se dit  The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door = La servante écoutait ce qui se disait de derrière la porte de la cuisine. 
to eavesdrop on sb =  écouter qn  (de façon indiscrète).


colis He had a large brown paper parcel under his arm.

ferris wheel

ferris wheelgrande roue. George Washington Gale Ferris conçut la première grande roue, dévoilée au public à l'occasion de l'Exposition universelle de 1893 à Chicago.


in my humble opinion « This is imho the fastest way to find out if the table is empty. »


de poche midget submarines = sous-marins de poche


baratin let's clear away the blurb and look at the facts
texte de présentation ; notice publicitaire


en abondance, à gogo We'll be giving away prizes galore in our great competition.
bargains galore = de bonnes affaires en abondance.


to be tantamount to sth = équivaloir à qch His statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt.


rame, aviron


légal ; légiste


pré, prairie « She loves to frolick in the meadows. »


[work] peu soigné , bâclé
[appearance] négligé, débraillé
[film, letter] sentimental You'll write me sloppy letters

to gasp

haleter he was gasping to gasp for breath.
the last gasp of sth = les derniers moments de qch The last gasp of a monetary system.


botte de foin « it's like looking for a needle in a haystack » = cela revient à chercher une aiguille dans une botte de foin


grogner He grunted with the effort the bear was grunting outside our tent.
grunt work = travail répétitif et rébarbatif PHP does a lot more grunt work than Perl, which does a lot more than C.


air qui trotte dans la tête, facile à retenir
facile à retenir

poker face

visage impassible

to be gutted

être dégoûté => I was gutted = j'étais carrément dégoûté.


diabolique, démoniaque (propre et fig.)
abominable, atroce
fiendishly = diaboliquement. laughing fiendishly
fiendishly difficult = abominablement difficile

to spark

susciter, provoquer. The incident was the catalyst that sparked the revolution => c'est l'incident qui a déclenché la révolution.
The news sparked (off) an intense debate => la nouvelle déclencha un débat animé.
jeter des étincelles
spark = étincelle (propre et figuré). Whenever they meet the sparks fly => chaque fois qu'ils se rencontrent, ça fait des étincelles.




stupéfiant, renversant
fantastique, superbe

skull job



distant « he became aloof and silent ». « I didn't like her much. I thought she was aloof. »   
to remain aloof = rester à l'écart « They remained aloof from the controversy ».
aloofness = attitude distante, réserve

eggs sunny-side up

oeufs sur le plat

to cave

s'écrouler, s'effondrer, s'affaisser
fig.: flancher, céder I can't believe you caved!
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