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le pan
the section, piece, flap
s'embuer
to cover in mist; befuddle
le guéridon
the pedestal table
la tenture
the fabric wall-covering; curtain, drape
faufiler
to baste, tack (sewing)
se faufiler
to slip through, creep out
une applique
a wall light
le face-à-main
the lorgnette, pair of hand-held spectacles
c'est du toc
it's (a) fake
mitoyen
conjointly; dividing (wall)
déboucher sur
to flow into
déchiqueter
to tear to pieces
ébattre
to frolic, play about
néfaste
fateful, fatal, harmful
happer
to catch, snap up, seize
happé par
caught up in (machine); hit by (train); swallowed up in (crowd)
la mesquinerie
the pettiness, meanness, stinginess
rapetisser
to shrink, render smaller
le clocher
the bell tower, belfry
l'ardoise
the slate
écru
natural-coloured, raw, unbleached
cambrer le dos
to arch one's back
l'arriération
the backwardness, state of underdevelopment
capoter
to capsize, overturn; fail, go wrong
fluet
feeblish, weak; thin (voice)
être en mesure de
to be able to, in a position to
se gargariser
to gargle
un rabat-joie
a killjoy, crabber
pâtir de
to suffer under, suffer as a result of
une oeillade
a wink, a glance
l'hébétude
the stupor, numbness
cabrer devant
to rear up at (horse); to ruffle up, resist, be reluctant
l'écheveau
the skein, thread, strand
éplucher
to peel; go through with a fine-toothed comb; sort
roide
(poet.) rigid, stiff
le fourbi
the mess, stuff, odds and ends
se borner
to limit oneself to, content oneself with
le gourou
the guru
gommer
to rub out
s'égosiller
to shout oneself hoarse
une églogue
a short bucolic poem
s'égratigner
to scratch or graze oneself
égrener
to shell
le coussin
the seat cushion, airbag
annelé
ringed
le perron
the platform; flight of steps, front steps, external staircase
refluer
to flow back; to ebb (fig.)
la refonte
the redraft, overhaul, re-writing (contract), re-casting
le créneau
the market niche, time slot, parallel parking
fuselé
spindle-shaped, fusiform