Mots difficiles en anglais



to busk

jouer d'un instrument ou chanter dans la rue « They spent their free time in Glasgow busking in Argyle Street. »

to mesmerize

ensorceler, hypnotiser « He mesmerized the crowd. »
mesmerizing = ensorcelant, hypnotisant « She has a mesmerising smile. »

to supercede

remplacer, supplanter « Steam locomotives were superseded by diesel. »


farce, blague, plaisanterie « It was just another typical schoolboy prank. »


glucide (=carbohydrate) « I'd rather get my carbs from eating a banana than an energy bar. »        
a low-carb diet = un régime pauvre en glucides.


shea butter : beurre de karité


imbécile, nigaud, crétin « He's just a nitwit » « What nitwits we are! » « Texas, often depicted as a land of gun-toting nitwits... »


chansonnette. « I wrote a little ditty that I would like to play for you. »


zarbi (=weird). « I bumped into that freaky friend of yours. »


Pâques « She always sends me a card at Easter. »
happy Easter! = joyeuses Pâques!
Easter day = le jour de Pâques
Easter egg = œuf de Pâques


banal, vu et revu, rebattu  « the hackneyed approach of the Conservative government is no longer working. »
hackneyed expression = cliché


création, commencement, lancement « I've been in the company since its inception. »   
at the inception of = aux débuts de « At the inception of the internet. »


miteux « a shabby house with worn carpeting on the stairs. »
moche « what a shabby way to treat your friends ! »


reculé « Far-flung holiday destinations. » « Astronomers have spotted the farthest-flung galaxy in the known universe, 13.2 billion light-years from Earth. »


nombril (=belly button).


podium (de défilé de mode) « models pouting on the catwalk ».
a catwalk show = un défilé de mode

to kick the bucket

mourir, casser sa pipe, rendre l'âme « The old horse finally kicked the bucket » « I think my sewing machine has kicked the bucket. »


bol, coupe. « a bowl of soup. »
Super Bowl = "la super coupe"
"« Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth! »" = "Allez, et versez sur la terre les sept coupes de la colère de Dieu."


correct, acceptable « a more palatable and credible alternative » « The truth may not always be palatable. »


peigne, peigner. A hair comb. « I must comb my hair. »


de fortune « 20,000 refugees are living in makeshift shelters. »

to deride

tourner en dérision, railler « Many MPs deride his management skills. » « She used to deride me for my geekery. »

blade of grass

brin d'herbe

mo fo

mother fucker




cocu. « But how can you be a cuckold, you don't even have a wife?! »


voyou « a good thug is a dead thug. »

to be a good all-rounder

être bon en tout. « He's really talented, a good all-rounder. » « Our mini-oven is the perfect all-rounder. »

to purport

prétendre « This is a fictional drama that does not purport to be a documentary. »
se vouloir « A society that purports to be modern and civilized. »
purported = soi disant  « Many of the purported benefits of legalised gambling are illusory. »


ancien taulard « They hired an ex-con to try and kill the CEO ».


culte, secte « The cult leader was convicted of sex crimes. » « The Beatles became the heroes of a world-wide cult. »


fig.: le plus haut, supérieur. « It is the upmost importance that our children get the best education we can provide for them. »


extrême droite. Far-right party « Anti-racist campaigners are urging the Government to ban all far-Right groups. »


envahissant, omniprésent, pénétrant. « Television is the strongest, most pervasive influence of our times. » « Sulphur has an unpleasant and pervasive smell. »

to relent

plier, céder. « Finally her father relented and allowed her to marry. » « The government will not relent in its pursuit of members of terrorist organizations. »

→ relentless(ly) = implacable(ment). « The relentless heat of the desert. » « They fought relentlessly for their rights. »


simple comme bonjour. « It's a no-brainer »


hold-up, casse, braquage, cambriolage. Bank heist ; heist movie.
to heist : faire un casse ; faire un hold-up ; braquer.

to run aground

to run aground(s')échouer. « Many small boats run aground or sink as a result of bad weather. » « Poland's plans to privatise its industry could run aground for lack of domestic funds. »


jeûne. « Intermittent fasting involves daily fasting for 16 hours. »



to shrug

hausser les épaules. To shrug one's shoulders. « Atlas Shrugged. »
haussement d'épaules. A shrug of the shoulders.

in the midst of

au milieu de. « In the midst of the scandal. »





wow factor

capacité à surprendre ; effet spectaculaire. « A small prop that gives you a big wow factor. »


humidité. « When the soil is dry, more moisture is lost from the plant. »
buée (=mist)

tear duct

canal lacrymal


to nudge : donner un (petit) coup de coude à → « The girls grinned and nudged each other. »
a nudge : un coup de pouce → « All he needed was a nudge. »
to give sb a nudge in the right direction = pousser doucement qn dans la bonne direction.


robinet. « She turned off the faucet and dried her hands. »
a dripping faucet (= a leaking faucet) = un robinet qui goutte. « A dripping faucet in a room wastes between 1,000 and 2,000 litres of water a year. »
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