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la basse-cour
the farmyard, poultry
saccager
to wreck (havoc in), devastate
en rade
stranded, in the lurch
verglas
black ice
métis
of mixed race
la péniche
the barge, narrow boat
l'écluse
the sluice gate, lock, dyke opening
sur le bout des doigts
by heart, perfectly (about knowing sth)
se cotiser
to club together, contribute
un arbuste
a shrub, bush
un périple
a long journey, expedition
fébrile
feverish
affectif
affective, emotional
faire en sorte que
to ensure that, make sure that
il n'en reste pas moins que
nevertheless, the fact remains that
baisser les bras
to throw in the towel, give up
se mettre sur son 31
to dress up to the nines
roué
cunning, artful, devious
semer la pagaille
to cause chaos, wreak havoc
un écueil
a pitfall (fig)
héler un taxi
to hail a taxi
un chambardement
a disruption, upheaval
la mansuétude
the indulgence
inénarrable
hilarious
éreinter
to exhaust, wear out
élucubrer
(pej.) to became delirious, rant, rave
idoine
appropriate, suitable (lit.)
entériner
to ratify, confirm, assent to, approve
apanage (le)
prerogative, privilege
le balluchon
bundle
au grand dam de
to the detriment of sb, to the great displeasure of
agrément (le)
charm (of town, life, trip), appeal
s'atteler à
to tackle, to get the job done
pianoter
to tinkle (piano), drum one's fingers, tap in (number, pin)
s'immiscer dans
to interfere in
s'ériger en
to set oneself up as, to play the role of
racoleur
(noun) charmer; (adj) enticing
brimades
victimization, bullying (usually in pl)
gruger
to deceive, swindle
décrispation (la)
the thawing, easing of tension
receler
to receive, hold
trucage, truquage (le)
special effect (cinema), rigging (elections)
truster
to monopolise
nombriliste
navel-gazer, egocentric
touiller
to stir, to toss (sauce, salad)
entonner
to start singing, strike up
le détroit
the strait
claironner
to shout (sth from the rooftops), proclaim far and wide
au fur et à mesure
gradually, as, as one goes along
revenir trop cher
to be too expensive