Mots difficiles en anglais

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 «
»

baffling = déroutant, troublant « the most baffling medical mystery. »

shenanigans

combines Lynette thinks that our shenanigans have gotten a little out of hand

mojo

sex-appeal, charme
chance, bonne étoile

underdog

(=player, competitor, team) outsider
the underdog (in society) les opprimés Labour, constantly reassuring the middle class, was no longer the party of the underdog.

praise

éloge(s), faire l'éloge de qn many others praised Sanford for taking a strong stand.

shallow

[dish, water, grave] peu profond the shallow end = le petit bain
[person, mind, novel] superficiel, qui manque de profondeur
  shallows = bas-fond thousands of little fish swim in the shallows.

wack job

cinglé, psychopathe (péj.) Let's cross the street. We don't want to walk next to that wack job on the corner who's walking in circles and talking to himself.

cue

signal
that's my cue to = c'est le signal pour que je... When she coughs, it's my cue to get up out of the chair.
on cue = au bon moment

deft

adroit

gist

essentiel
the gist of his speech = l'essentiel de son discours
to give sb the gist of sth = résumer qch à qn en deux mots I missed his speech; can you give me the gist of what he said?

rule of thumb

méthode empirique, approximativement.
as a rule of thumb = en règle générale
by rule of thumb = à vue de nez

fang

[+dog, wolf] croc
[+snake] crochet the cobra sank its venomous fangs into his hand.

to contend with sth

affronter qch, faire face It's bad enough when you have to contend with accidental fires   
to contend for sth  = se disputer qch three parties are contending for power.

ditch

laisser tomber, abandonner the soft drink company has ditched plans to use Madonna in its advertising
[= to dump] plaquer she's just ditched her boyfriend.

prim

[person] collet monté, guindé She was a very prim lady

to hump

(argot) baiser Marcel, stop humping the lamp! Teach your dog to hump your leg on command!

weary

exténué, las she looked weary, a weary smile.
to be weary of = être las de
to weary of = se lasser de he's beginning to weary of sitting still.   
x war-weary = las de la guerre ; world-weary = las de ce monde

hustler

prostitué(e) Hi Snoop. What'chu wanna be when you grow up? I wanna be a motherfuckin' hustler !

sibling

frère, sœur His siblings are mostly in their early twenties.
sibling rivalry = rivalité entre frères et sœurs Sibling rivalry often causes parents anxieties.

case in point

(to be a) case in point = être un bon exemple Lack of communication causes relationships to fail. Your parents' marriage is a case in point.

grudge

rancune a disabled man with a grudge against society
to bear a grudge = garder rancune I don't bear a grudge.
to bear a grudge against sb garder rancune à qn, en vouloir à qn  He appears to have a grudge against certain players.

heebie jeebies

la frousse (=the creeps) this place gives me the heebie jeebies

stitch

point de suture I had five stitches.
point m de côté I can't run any more, I've got a stitch.
to be in stitches = être plié de rire Here's a book that will have you in stitches

out of the blue

à l'improviste, sans qu'on s'y attende Turner's resignation came out of the blue.

offspring

progéniture

flip-flops

tongs

groovy

sensass the grooviest club in London.

to have a hard-on

bander, avoir la trique

far-fetched

[story, idea] tiré par les cheveux This all sounds very far-fetched

swab

(=cotton wool) tampon
(=sample) prélèvement

buck

mâle (d'un lapin, lièvre, daim etc)
dollar

doe

biche.
doe-eyed = aux yeux de biche. « A doe-eyed pinup princess with platinum blond curls. »
John/Jane Doe = M/Mme Dupont, M/Mme Tout-le-monde.

the fuzz

les flics

hag

(=ugly woman) vieille sorcière some old hag of an actress
(=nasty woman) chameau, harpie

wicked

[person] méchant
abject she described the shooting as a wicked attack.   
a wicked, cruel man = un homme méchant et cruel
It was clear that he had done something wicked = il était clair qu'il avait fait quelque chose de mal.
[sense of humour] diabolique she had a wicked sense of humour.   
a wicked grin = me lança un sourire diabolique.
[prices] monstrueux the prices are wicked in that shop.   
[waste] épouvantable it's a wicked waste of resources.
(=great, cool) méchamment cool the film was wicked ! He's had this wicked new haircut.

maze

labyrinthe, dédale a maze of streets a maze of corridors a maze of rules.

loony

timbré, cinglé They all thought I was a loony.

despise

mépriser I despise him. She despises her work.

dope

dope (drogue) addicted to dope
andouille (péj.) You dope!

squish

écraser

grasshopper

sauterelle
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