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crie de coeur
impassioned cry
au fait
expert at; very skilled
seule sur la terre
alone in the world
chacun à son goût
each to his own taste
déshabillé
in a state of undress, casually dressed
comme il faut
as is neccessary
nostalgie de la boue
primitivism - longing for something lower
chef d'oeuvre
chief work, masterpiece
belles-lettres
literature admired for its style
épater les bourgeois
to shock the middle class
sauve qui peut
every man for himself
parfaitement
perfectly
morceaux
piece, morsel, an excerpt or passage of poetry or music
chapeaux
hats
fait accompli
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
amour-propre
self esteem
elan
energy, style, and enthusiasm
canard
an unfounded or false report.
décolleté
with a bared neck and shoulders
de trop
not wanted, too much, in the way
vassal
in feudalism, one who held land of a superior lord; subordinate or dependent
doyen
the senior member of a body or group.
embonpoint
plumpness of person.
droit de seigneur
an excessive claim imposed on a subordinate
entente
understanding, agreement between nations
outré
unconventional; eccentric; bizarre.
faute de mieux
for lack of anything better
force majeure
unforeseeable event which excuses one from a legal contract
sang froid
coolness under stress
ménage a trois
household of three
pensée
a reflection or thought
cafuné
rushing your hands through a lover’s hair