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il fait frisquet
it's a bit chilly
féconder
to fertilize, to impregnate
se faire pincer
to get caught
postiche
(noun) toupée, wig; fake (adj)
bourru
gruff, rough, raw
dégrossir
to polish, smooth the rough edges off
dégringolade
(fig.) tumble, collapse, slump
enchâsser
to encase, insert
de haute volée
first class, high class, top notch
étui (le)
case; - de revolver = holster
le clapier
the rabbit hutch
le camouflet
the insult, snub, affront
ratisser
to comb, rake up
bidon (le)
(noun:) can, tin; belly; (adj:) bogus, phoney
passer à la trappe
to vanish into oblivion, be whisked away
le réchauffement de la Terre
global warming
la mouture
the milling, grinding (coffee, cereals etc); version, draft
comporter
to comprise, be made up, include
le couac
false note
tourner à plein régime
to go full speed, full capacity
poussif
wheezy, short-winded, breathless
(le) fossé d'effondrement
rift valley
mêlé à
entangled in, caught up in
point mort
neutral (gear box); break-even point
au point mort
at a standstill
caisse de résonance
a soundbox
à l'aune de
by the yardstick of, judging by
aune
long face; ell (unit of measurement)
parvis
square (in front of a church)
corbeille
basket
sarrau
smock
délester qqn d'un fardeau
to relieve someone of a burden
ménagère
house-wife; canteen of cutlery
fouler
to tread, press
se fouler le poignet
to sprain one's wrist
se hausser sur la pointe des pieds
to stand on tiptoe
enfourcher
to mount (a horse); to get on ( a motorbike)
milice de quartier
local vigilante group
heurter la sensibilité de qqn
to hurt someone's feelings
volets
shutters
écarlate
scarlet
liseré
edging, piping (on a dress)
diapré
multi-coloured
achalandé
well-patronized; well-provisioned
vantail
panel; leaf; door-panel
semé de difficultés
plagued with difficulties
mouroir
old people's home (derogatory)
mousson
monsoon
moutardier
mustard pot
casquer
to cough up, fork out (money)