Mots difficiles en anglais

turnout

(at meeting)  assistance
(in election)  participation

bondage

esclavage, servage

blistering

[heat, summer] torride
[sun] brûlant
[remark, attack] cinglant, foudroyant

snag

inconvénient, difficulté. A police clampdown on car thieves hit a snag when villains stole one of their cars...
to hit a snag = rencontrer une difficulté => Sudanese peace talks have hit a new snag after rebels refused to discuss garrisoning their forces

plight

situation critique

predicament

situation difficile

point-blank

(shoot) à bout portant => victims were tied up in chairs with their hands behind their backs before being shot point-blank in the head.
à brûle pourpoint => « McCain was asked point blank if he was breaking his promise » => « The Minister was asked point-blank if he intended to resign »
(refuse, deny) catégoriquement

stampede

ruée, débandade => « 10 people were killed in a stampede »

watermark

filigrane

mob

foule

to drag one's feet

trainer les pieds, faire preuve de mauvaise volonté => Though marriage was his idea, he began to drag his feet when wedding preparations began.

to indict

[prononcer endite] inculper => « prosecutors are only supposed to indict people on stuff they can prove. »

red herring

that's a red herring = c'est pour brouiller les pistes.

bonanza

aubaine (=windfall) « This is a real bonanza for you, isn't it? »
boom « a sales bonanza for computer makers. »

whim

caprice => « she whent there on a whim ; i did it on a whim »

freckle

tache de rousseur
freckled = plein de taches de rousseur

hassles

(=fuss) histoires « Make that call right now get squared away, no hassles no call backs no telemarketing »
to hassle = enquiquiner
hassle-free : [experience, holiday, journey] peinard

to beat about the bush

tourner autour du pot

to clinch

[+deal] conclure = The European Union and China clinched a deal on Friday limiting the rise in Chinese exports of textiles and clothing to the EU.

hunchback

bossu « Quasimodo's the hunchback of Notre Dame. »

curfew

couvre-feu => « the city is under curfew » => « they stayed so late outside that they were breaking curfew. »

to loom

[mountain, iceberg] surgir
(=to be imminent) [danger, crisis] menacer, paraître imminent.

polygraph

détecteur de mensonges

pigheaded

têtu comme une mule

cripple

boiteux (=lame), infirme  
handicaper, paralyser (sens propre et figuré)

silly goose

fam., fig.: bécasse => « This meeting is for scouts only, you silly gooses! »

loony

timbré, cinglé
loony bin = maison  f  de fous

outage

panne de courant

faggot

péj.: pédé (= fag.)

to reach out

tendre la main
to reach out to sb = tendre la main à qn (sens propre et figuré).

savvy

jugeote

homie

ami (d'enfance)

MVP

Most Valuable Player. Le meilleur joueur, ou "l'homme du match" désigné à la fin d'une rencontre sportive.
Par extension, ce terme s'applique à d'autres domaines, comme le business.

underdog

(=player, competitor, team) outsider
the underdog (in society) les opprimés

quicksand

sables mouvants. « It's like quicksand, the longer you stay, the deeper you sink. »

bananas

dingue, super cool. Have you heard 50 cent's new cd, the massacre? Ya man that shit was bananas!!!

lukewarm

[liquid] tiède (=tepid)
[response, welcome, applause] peu enthousiaste

one-night stand

aventure d'une nuit. « I've never had a one-night stand because I've always been afraid that in the cold light of day, she'll wake up and think; "Oh my God! What the hell am I doing in bed with a stupid cunt like this?! »

to twitter

[birds] gazouiller
[person] jacasser

wang

= johnson, cock, prick, dick, dong

the be-all and end-all

l'alpha et l'omega ; le but suprême : « profit is the be-all and end-all of business »

bold

hardi , intrépide, audacieux he did something very bold

arousing

(sexually) excitant

turnkey

clé en main a turnkey solution for your business

peacock

paon    peacock feather

dull

  [person] ennuyeux
[day, colour] morne, terne, maussade

to poach

[+worker] débaucher
  [+member, customer] voler
[+ideas] voler, détourner
braconner

pesky

casse-pieds  « This article will be introducing a couple of nifty tricks that I've seen scattered around the Internet. One of which is how to detect for the presence of those pesky carriage returns. »

harness

harnais
to harness [+resources, power, potential] = exploiter « Scientists are trying to harness that power for human medecine »
« Autonomy's range of Virage products enables media companies to harness the true value of their rich media assets »

it's driving me to drink

ça me saoûle grave.« My roomate won't leave me alone for five minutes. I know the guy means well but he's driving me to drink. »
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