Mots difficiles en anglais

bouncer

videur

to gallivant around

se balader (=to go gallivanting) I can't go gallivanting like a youngster A girl's place is in the home, not gallivanting around and filling her head with nonsense.

Oprah rich

être aussi riche qu'Oprah Winfrey now I'm Oprah rich

to give sb a tongue-lashing

houspiller After a cruel tongue lashing, he threw the girl out of the group.

cunt

chatte, foufoune
salaud
cunt nugget : amas de sang séché, résidu de la menstruation connard

spoof

parodie « a spoof of a popular movie »
canular (=hoax)

to shove

pousser He dragged her out to the door and shoved her into the street She shoved as hard as she could.   
to shove sb out of the way =  écarter qn en le poussant
fourrer We'll shove an extra paragraph in here. Shove your hands in your pockets
to give sb/sth a shove = pousser qn/qch The car won't start. Can you give it a shove?

to parch

dessécher The hot sun parched the bare earth.

break-a-leg

merde! (dans le sens : "bonne chance!")

blister

ampoule, cloque

to make up for

compenser I'm sorry I broke your vase - I'll make up for it. What the country lacks in natural resources it makes up for in bright ideas.

swine

pourceau, porc swine flu
salaud he realised what a swine he had been.

gruesome

horrible There has been a series of gruesome murders in the capital.

raving mad

fou à lier
ravings = divagations

kith and kin

parents et amis Why did no one think to mention that Van Garretts are kith and kin to the Van Tassels?

to cling to

se cramponner, s'accrocher à The human baby is too weak to cling to its mother The adults cling to old emotional values.

to (be on the) rampage

se déchaîner Hundreds of fans went on the rampage after the match.   
se livrer à des saccages gangs of youths rampaged on the fringes of the demonstration They went rampaging through the town.

whizz

to whizz along = filer à toute vitesse
to whizz past = passer à toute vitesse Ten minutes later, the rest of the cyclists whizzed past.
whizz kid = petit prodige a financial whizz kid.

changeling

enfant substitué à un autre

spitfire

(fig.) furie, hystérique with a few pricey gifts you'll be able to tame that little spitfire.

tame

apprivoisé « They've got a tame hedgehog. »
[story, style, match, film] fade « Some of today's political demonstrations look rather tame.    »
apprivoiser, dompter, dresser « The Amazons were the first to tame horses. »

tenfold

décupler => The number of landmine incidents in Colombia has increased tenfold since 1991

titbit

potin She told me a juicy titbit about Claire.

moron

(péj.) imbécile, crétin, débile You moron! She's exactly the kind of moron you described.

holdout

principal obstacle. France has been the holdout in trying to negotiate an end to the dispute.

waiver

dispense

feud

dispute  a feud between the prime minister and his chancellor   
a family feud
to feud (with) = se disputer, se quereller their families had feuded since their daughters quarrelled two years ago.
blood feud =vendetta

whine

gémissement
[+siren, engine] hurlement the whine of air-raid sirens
pleurnicher, gémir The dog started to whine with impatience
[siren, engine] hurler The engines whined

to grovel

(fig.) ramper He whined and grovelled and apologised
to grovel before/to sb I don't grovel to anybody.

to sting

[insect] piquer bees do not normally sting unless provoked. I've been stung.

silver lining

to have a silver lining = avoir de bons côtés
every cloud has a silver lining = à une chose, malheur est bon

dam

barrage plans to build a dam on the River Danube

nipple

téton

dumpster

benne à ordures

foreclosure

saisie « after a foreclosure, »« homeowners are sometimes left with absolutely nothing »

coy

faussement effarouché, faussement timide
séducteur a coy little smile.
évasif to be coy over sth, to be coy about sth « The Chancellor was coy over the deal with the Prime Minister. »

stride

enjambée,  foulée he walked with long strides.
démarche he had a purposeful stride = Il avait une démarche décidée.
avancée a great stride has been taken towards our goal

silver-tongued

éloquent a silver-tongued lawyer.

whip

fouet, cravache
to whip = battre to whip the cream
to crack the whip = to use one's authority to make someone work harder, usually by threatening or punishing them
whiplash = coup du lapin

wisecrack

vanne no more wisecracks!

to maul

mettre en pièces He was mauled by a bear He was mauled by the tabloids.

braces

brettelles
"belt and braces" = très prudent, qui garantit une sécurité maximum a belt-and-braces solution
accolades balanced braces
bracing = vivifiant

drab

[clothes] terne, morne Mary was wearing the same drab grey dress.
[room, place] glauque his drab little office   
[life] monotone a way of escaping the tedium of their drab lives 

ramble

randonnée We were out on a country ramble an hour's ramble through the woods   
to go for a ramble = faire une randonnée
to ramble = to hike I was rambling over the hills of Yorkshire.   

to ramble on = déblatérer she began rambling on about her childhood. 

craving

(for food, cigarettes) envie irrésistible smokers feel cravings roughly an hour after the last cigarette

condone

fermer les yeux sur, approuver (tacitement) You cannot condone baby buying

hindrance

obstacle Being the daughter of a famous film star can be more of a hindrance than a help in getting your career off the ground.

skank

salope, pute

to daunt

intimider he was daunted by the high quality of work they expected

to baffle

laisser perplexe The question has baffled experts for years his reaction baffled me «
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baffling = déroutant, troublant « the most baffling medical mystery. »
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