Mots difficiles en anglais

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. »


réglo, honnête, sérieux. « It's not a very legit business. »
to go legit = faire les choses dans les règles

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

to slay, slew, slain

tuer, assassiner. « St George slayed the dragon and rescued the princess. » « Men with courage do not slay dragons, they ride them... »


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. »


famille   « she has gone to live with her husband's kin. »        
kith and kin = parents et amis « his loyalty, he said, was first of all to his own kith and kin. »
next of kin = parent le plus proche « we have notified their next of kin (=nous avons avisé leurs proches).   »
"next of kin" (on forms) = "nom et prénom de votre plus proche parent".


mauvaise herbe « the garden's full of weeds. »
désherber « mum was busy weeding the garden. »
marijuana « I'm spending the evening at home with some weed. »


allée centrale, nef
to walk down the aisle = se marier « He was in no hurry to walk down the aisle. »

to outsmart

se montrer plus malin que, se montrer plus futé que « she used her wits to outsmart the enemy. »
to try to outsmart (someone) = jouer au plus fin (= to have a battle of wits)

wit (=wittiness)

esprit « the girl laughed at his wit » = La fille riait de ses traits d'esprits.
with great wit = avec beaucoup d'esprit  
witty man = homme d'esprit   
witty woman = femme d'esprit  
to have the wit to do sth = avoir la présence d'esprit de faire qch « No one had had the wit to bring a bottle-opener. »
to wit = à savoir « we speak in a language they don't know: to wit, English. » «

wits = tête (fig.) to use one's wits to do sth = se servir de sa tête pour faire qch.
to have one's wits about one = avoir toute sa tête.        
to keep one's wits about one = garder la tête sur les épaules « she'd better learn to keep her wits about her. »
to pit one's wits against sb = rivaliser d'esprit avec qn  
to be at one's wits' end = ne plus savoir que faire « I'm at my wits' end. »

half-wit = idiot, imbécile

witty = spirituel, plein d'esprit.

witty remark = witticism = mot d'esprit, bon mot


cuisinière « place the pan on top of the stove »
gas stove, electric stove = cuisinière à gaz / électrique  
camping stove = réchaud de camping


virage « a road full of dangerous bends » = une route pleine de virages dangereux.
to go into a bend, to take a bend = prendre un virage  
blind bend = virage sans visibilité.




thrift shop = petite boutique d'articles d'occasion gérée au profit d'œuvres charitables

to beckon

attirer.« All the attractions of the city beckon » = toutes les attractions de la ville nous attirent.
« Fame and fortune beckoned... » La gloire et la fortune (nous) attiraient...
to beckon to sb = faire signe à qn. « He beckoned to the waiter. »
to beckon sb over = faire signe de venir à qn « he beckoned her over » = il lui fit signe de venir. 


teinte (couleur)
hue and cry = tollé « There would be a hue and cry if Robbie Williams forgot his songs. »

to moisturize


to be overkill

être exagéré « such security measures may be overkill. »


comestible « edible mushrooms » mangeable « barely edible » = à peine mangeable


fig.: plein de vitalité, pétillant




President of the United States


chiot   « as a child, she'd always wanted a puppy for Christmas.  »

to delve into sth

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

to bewilder

dérouter, déconcerter « The silence from Alex had hurt and bewildered her. »

to quench

éteindre [+flames]
to quench one's thirst = se désaltérer « He stopped to quench his thirst at a stream. »


scrutin, vote The result of the ballot will not be known for two weeks.
to hold a ballot = procéder à un vote « The council will have no choice but to hold a ballot if 5 per cent of residents back the move. »


relooking « She received a cosmetic makeover at a beauty salon as a birthday gift. » « The chance to give your living-room a makeover. »

to clutter

encombrer « I don't have much time for girls who overdose and clutter up the wards. »
fouillis, fatras « The rooms were full of clutter. » « There's too much clutter in here. »
cluttered = encombré « a dirty, cluttered room filled with the evidence of a sloppy man. »        
cluttered screen = écran rempli de fenêtres.


luxuriant « a rather pretty town, surrounded by lush fields and woods. » « I love the rich lush sounds of jazz piano. »


« to get down to the nitty-gritty » = en venir au fond du problème  
« the nitty-gritty of politics » = la dure réalité de la politique
« nitty-gritty of life » = dures réalités de la vie
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