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remonter le Nil
to sail up the Nile
en voilà une question
(now) there's a question
chatty, talkative
au ras de l'eau
level with the water, just above water level
atteindre une étagère
to reach a shelf
à ras bord
to the brim/top
to spring/shoot/bolt out
le juron
swearword, oath
loud, resounding, sound (epith)
la betterave rouge
faire tapisserie
to be a wallflower (at social event, etc)
to soak, slake (chaux), soften (métal)
la tige
fag, smoke (fam - cigarette, not clope)
jusqu'à la fin des siècles
till the end of time
prendre fin
to come to an end (not terme)
la fin approche
the end is near
fin comme du gros sel
subtle as a sledgehammer
j'ai le coup de barre
I feel tired all of a sudden
donner un coup de coude à qqn
to nudge sb, to elbow sb, dig one's elbow into sb
avoir le coup de main
to have the knack/the touch
un manoeuvre-balai
a worker without any qualifications
cantonner chez qqn
to be billeted on sb
se cantonner à
to confine oneself to/in
avoir les pieds plats
to be flat-footed
il ne bougeait ni pied ni patte
he didn't move a muscle
le troquet
bar (fam)
la voix de crécelle
shrill voice