Mots difficiles en anglais

tusk

défense (d'éléphant)

(se garer en) créneau

(to) parallel park

monicker

surnom

to ensnare

prendre au piège the spider must wait for prey to be ensnared on its web feminism is simply another device to ensnare women.

pawn

pion (échecs)
noms des pièces aux échecs :
king = roi
queen = dame
rook = tour
bishop = fou
knight = cavalier
check = échec, checkmate = échec et mat

outfit

tenue she bought a new outfit for the wedding.
sport outfit = tenue de sport  
to outfit [+room, building] = équiper I outfitted an attic bedroom as a studio.

fluke

coup de veine The discovery was something of a fluke
by fluke = par un coup de chance extraordinaire By sheer fluke, one of the shipowner's employees was in the city.

mermaid

sirène. The Little Mermaid

shaft

hampe « the shaft of the penis is not as sensitive as the tip »

loophole

faille, lacune (dans une loi) a loophole in the law
a legal loophole = un vide juridique
to close a loophole = combler une lacune It's time we closed the loophole which allows criminals to gain easy access to lethal weapons.

outbound

[voyage] aller I slept well on the outbound flight.
en partance
outbound traffic = trafic sortant

to stroke

caresser he stroked her hand = il lui caressait la main

shimmer

miroitement, chatoiement
to shimmer = miroiter, chatoyer i want to shimmer like a star

dense

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

gore

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

whimsical

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

gingerbread

pain d'épices

con

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

thou

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

glitch

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

volition

volonté

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.

terracotta

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

to cleave

fendre

monkey wrench

clé à molette (=adjustable wrench)

puddle

flaque « the children were splashing in the puddles. »

nettle

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

solace

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

castaway

naufragé

spunky

qui a du cran a spunky girl

eavesdrop

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).

parcel

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.

imho

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

midget

nain
de poche midget submarines = sous-marins de poche

blurb

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

galore

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

tantamount

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

oar

rame, aviron
ramer

forensic

légal ; légiste

meadow

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

sloppy

[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.
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