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la muletière
female mule-driver, muleteer
déchirer
to tear, sever, lacerate
la giletière
female vest maker
la cocotte
darling (coll.), casserole; foot and mouth disease
engranger
to hoard
l'Altesse
highness
l'écurie
the stable; pigsty
la niaiserie
ineptitude, inane remark
la lame
the blade
s'arracher qqch
to fight over, scrap/scratch oneself, elude sth
s'entêter
to become stubborn, stubbornly persist in
l'obus
shell, grenade
une bicoque
a shack, hut
l'écheveau
skein, thread
le roturier
commoner, plebeian; common, vulgar
le tord-boyaux
rotgut, hootch
éreinté
exhausted, worn out, beat
le grabuge
the ruckus, row, fighting, havoc
virer de bord
to reverse, change sides
la buse
the female buzzard; simpleton
le pataquès
malapropism, incorrect liaison
la biche
the doe, the hind
tacher
to stain
darder ses rayons
to beam
intempestif
innopportune, untimely
factice
affected, contrived, simulated
être sur la sellette
to be in the hot-seat, come under fire (critique)
interloqué
taken aback, dumbfounded
navré
aghast, dismayed, heart-broken
la pelle
spade, shovel
le râteau
the rake, rack, grate
le tison
burning piece of wood, ember
la saltimbanque
street acrobat, entertainer
la goule
ghoul
tarir
to run dry, sap strength; cease
se dévergonder
to lead a life of licentiousness; get wild
zézayer
to lisp
le racontar
the loose talk, idle gossip
le barbouillage
the daubing, scribbling
l'inanition
the starvation
mouiller
to soak, humidify
le tripot
the dive, den of thieves, gambling joint
attristant
distressing, upsetting, depressing
tâter
to palpate, feel so., strobe, touch
le paon
the peacock
l'haras
the stud (horse breeding farm)
la jugeote
the smart cookie, brains, common sense (colloq.)
chauler
to whitewash; to lime
garder le cap
to maintain the course
la brêle
good-for-nothing, loser (coll., pej.)