intestin « Raw food is absorbed more slowly in the gut. » ventre « His gut sagged out over his belt. » boyaux « The entire carcass, hide, guts and bones, was devoured. » beer gut = bedaine
guts (fig.) : tripes, cran. To have guts. « These guys have guts. »« You talk a lot but I don't think you have the guts. » It takes guts to stand up to her.
augmenter « The violence has heightened tension in the state. »« Teachers can help build students' vocabulary knowledge by heightening their interest in words. » to heighten awareness = sensibiliser. « This association seeks to heighten awareness about animal rights. »
avancer/chercher à tâtons, tâtonner « He groped his way through the darkness »« I groped for the timetable I had in my pocket. »« Europe is still groping for solutions to the crisis. »« She groped for the right words. » peloter « He tried to grope her and put his hand up her skirt. »
[prix, taux, popularité] chuter « In Tokyo, share prices have plummeted for the sixth successive day. »« The Prime Minister's popularity has plummeted to an all-time low. » to plummet into the sea = s'abîmer en mer « The plane plummeted into the sea. »
vaisseau amiral. « The flagship of a fleet is usually the best-equipped, and most famous. » fig.: produit phare, fleuron, emblème. « This product is the flagship of the brand. »« This bill is the flagship of the government's legislative programme. »
histoire de la poule et de l'oeuf. « It’s a chicken and egg situation : if a child is uninterested in a subject, then they find it hard to learn and if they find it hard to learn then they find it difficult to stay interested. »
ravages, dégâts « After the havoc of the war, England had to be rebuilt. » to cause havoc = semer le chaos « Rioters caused havoc in the centre of the town. » to wreak havoc = faire des ravages « Invaders will wreak havoc on our cities. »« Stress can wreak havoc on the immune system. »
incendie « the family died in the blaze. » flambée « to stir sleeping embers into a cheerful blaze. » a blaze of colour = un flamboiement de couleurs. to blaze = flamber « the fire was still blazing. » [eyes] lancer des éclairs (de colère) « she turned and faced him, her eyes blazing. » to blaze with colour = resplendir « the gardens blazed with colour. » tirer « guns were blazing. » to blaze a trail = montrer la voie « these surgeons have blazed the trail in the treatment of bomb victims. » blazing = éclatant « driving all day in the blazing sun. » torride « freezing cold winters and blazing hot summers. » trail-blazing = novateur « a trail-blazing agreement that could lead to a global ban on nuclear weapons. »
pincer « one of those little dogs that runs after you, nipping your ankles. » mordre « The horse nipped me on the back of the head. » pincement, morsure
to give sb a nip = mordre qqn. « He gave her a nip. » petit verre « a nip of whisky » gorgée « she took a nip from a flask of cognac. »
onomatopée utilisée pour désigner le bruit d'un dunk au basket-ball ("boom" pour le dunk, et "shakalaka" pour la vibration du panneau).
fig.: wao! - j'ai gagné! - je t'ai eu ! « I shot the monster ! boom shakalaka ! »
to get/have the giggles = avoir le fou rire « That pot we smoke gave me the giggles. » a nervous giggle = un petit rire nerveux « He let out a nervous giggle. » to giggle = glousser (fig.), ricaner « She started to giggle like a schoolgirl. »
glousser, ricaner « He chuckled at his own joke. » to chuckle to oneself = rire sous cape « He chuckled to himself as he read the letter. » chuckle = gloussement, ricanement « He gave a little chuckle. »
prépondérant « Conservation of the resource should be a paramount consideration » T« he paramount need for a peaceful solution. » to be paramount = passer avant tout, être prépondérant « The interests of the child are paramount. » of paramount importance = d'une importance capitale « Conserving present fish stocks is of paramount importance. »