Mots difficiles en anglais

to drop the f-bomb

utilisation malvenue du mot "fuck". « News anchor dropped the F-bomb live on air. » « Dude, stop dropping the f-bomb. »


super « her party was rad »


méli-mélo, fouillis « a meaningless jumble of words » « the jumble which covers the surface of my desk. »
to jumble up = mélanger « who jumbled up all my papers ? »


rongeur (animal)


on a slant = n pente « The house is on a slant. »
point de vue « These two papers give a completely different slant on events. »
to give a slant to sth = déformer qch  
to slant = pencher « The old wooden floor slanted a little. »
slanted = incliné, oblique -> « slanted text. »

to paddle

donner une fessée
 paddling = fessée (=spanking) « that's a paddlin' » = ça mérite une fessée.


blanchir  « the flour is bleached artificially. »
décolorer « she claims to have never bleached her hair. »
eau de javel « soak them in bleach to get the stains out. »


aine « groin injury » = blessure à l'aine  


gravillon, poussière « to have a piece of grit in one's eye » = avoir une poussière dans l'œil.
courage, cran « I admire his grit » « true grit » « they showed tremendous grit and determination. »


violon to play the fiddle
to play second fiddle to sb = jouer les seconds rôles à côté de qn « Harrison had always played second fiddle to Lennon and McCartney in the Beatles »        
combine, escroquerie tax fiddle = fraude fiscale
to fiddle with = tripoter « She fiddled nervously with the buttons of her cardigan »


tremplin, plongeoir. « Springboard dives » = plongeons du tremplin.
springboard for sth = un tremplin pour qch. « The 1981 budget was the springboard for an economic miracle. » « A springboard to success. »
écran d'accueil d'iOS (iphone).


courage, force d'âme « he suffered a long series of illnesses with tremendous dignity and fortitude. »


économe  « my mother taught me to be thrifty »  « thrifty shoppers »
thrift = économie.


attempted theft = tentative de vol
anti-theft device, theft prevention device = antivol
aggravated theft = vol qualifié

to vanquish

vaincre « a happy ending is only possible because the hero has first vanquished the dragons. » « With knowledge and wisdom, evil could be vanquished on this earth. »
the vanquished = les vaincus

low-angle shot

contre-plongée « pictures of trees in low angle shot. » high angle shot = plongée


fait sur commande, sur mesure « the company also offers a bespoke service of whatever combination you like. »




froid « he turned on the fire to take the chill from the air. »        
coup de froid « she caught a bad chill. »        
frisson « the sound sent a chill down my spine. »        

to chill = refroidir, faire frissonner « the marble floor was beginning to chill me. » « There was a coldness in her that chilled him. »
to be chilled to the bone = être transi de froid

to chill out = se relaxer


rassis, éventé
blasé « He was stale and tired. »
[idée, concept] éculé, rebattu, dépassé
moribond « the story of a stale marriage swapped for a grand passion. »
[haleine] fétide
stale link (web) = lien brisé, périmé


odieux, atroce. Heinous crime = crime odieux


idiot « don't be daft »! « that's a daft question. »        
to be daft about sb = être toqué de qn  
to be daft about sth = être mordu de qch « he's daft about football. »     
« daft as a brush » = con comme la lune.

moot point

point discutable « whether he was serious is a moot point » = qu'il ait été sérieux est un point discutable.  
to be mooted = être évoqué « they mooted the idea of a partnership with the local authorities » « the idea was mooted of establishing a family solidarity fund. »


a passing fad = un engouement passager « I don't believe environmental concern is a passing fad. »        
a fad for sth = un engouement pour qch « the current fad for all things Bollywood »       
to begin a fad for sth = lancer la mode de qch « they began a fad for slogan T-shirts that proclaimed everything about their wearer from "Babe" to "Whore" »

diaper (=nappy)

couche (de bébé) « How can I get my husband to change stinky diapers? »
to diaper = langer
disposable diaper/nappy = couche jetable

fountain pen



colère, courroux
wrath day = jour du Jugement dernier

to muse

méditer, songer, réfléchir « let's take some time to muse about our new life »  « "I wonder what happened to him", she mused »
musing = songerie

to unwind

dérouler « I was unwinding my bandage. »
se détendre « reading is a good way to unwind. »

it's a breeze

c'est un jeu d'enfant, c'est du gâteau « No technical knowledge is required, it's a breeze to add or edit your content. »

to delve into sth

fouiller dans qch « She delved into her rucksack and pulled out a folder. » « She delved into her mother's past. »


endurance, vigueur « players also need great stamina as they have been known to cover more than six kilometres in a single match. »

to tinker with sth

bricoler qch (=to fiddle around with) « he loves tinkering with the engine. »
to tinker with a problem = bricoler des solutions « Instead of the Government admitting its error, it just tinkered with the problem. »  

as easy as pie

bête comme chou, simple comme bonjour
it's easy as pie = c'est du gâteau


agacé « he sounded very peeved in his letter » « Susan was peeved that nobody had told her the news. »  
to be peeved about sth = être agacé par qch « he is peeved about the recent criticism of his company. »


lent, mou « I feel very sluggish today »
stagnant [business, sales]


défenseur, partisan  « a leading advocate of free enterprise. »
to play devil's advocate : se faire avocat du diable.
to advocate : recommander, prôner  « he advocated the creation of a peace-keeping force. »


absentéisme (scolaire) « schools need to reduce levels of truancy. »

to graze

paître, brouter « Sheep may safely graze. »
frôler, effleurer A« bullet grazed the back of his head. »
écorcher « I grazed my legs as he pulled me up. »

to beseech

implorer, supplier, prier « I heard men crying out, beseeching Allah to save them. »


municipalité, arrondissement « the New York City borough of Queens »


Le Petit Poucet


low cost. « No-frills airlines, no-frills holiday. »


avarié, pollué, contaminé « her breath was tainted with alcohol » « blood tainted with the AIDS and hepatitis viruses »
entaché de « the report was tainted with racism. »

unrequited love

amour non partagé, à sens unique « his unrequited love for a married woman. »


exclamation de joie « I won the bet! You owe me $3000! Booyah!! »


"Hope That Helps" (abréviation utilisée sur les forums)

loose end

détail inexpliqué « there are some annoying loose ends in the plot. » 
to tie up loose ends = mettre au point les derniers détails, régler les derniers détails « there are lots of loose ends to tie up in this case. »
to be at (a) loose end(s) = ne pas trop savoir quoi faire. « adolescents are most likely to get into trouble when they're at loose ends. »

to be on the loose

être en liberté « a murderer was on the loose in the surrounding hills ». « A man-eating lion is on the loose somewhere in England. »
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