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il me regardait, les yeux agrandis par la peur
he was staring at me, his eyes wide with fear
le receveur des contributions
tax collector
le chef de train
conductor (as in trains)
le pet
le smicard
minimum wage earner
travailler au rabais
to work for low wages
travailler d'arrache-pied
to work flat out
se faire rabrouer par qqn
to be snubbed by sb
faire des contes
to tell stories (not histoires)
to make drowsy, to dull (sense)
to doze off
si tu n'as pas honte et que tu es sans scrupules
if you have no shame and lack scruples
jeter la honte sur qqn
to bring shame/disgrace on sb
se soulager
to relieve o.s. (euph)
debauched, dissolute (not ribaud)
nouer ses lacets
to do up one's laces, to tie one's shoes
elle l'a dit pour se soulager
she said it to get it off her chest
déchiré par la guerre
le point du jour
daybreak (not aube, aurore, matin. )
honte à vous
shame on you (formal)
tomber dans le panneau
to walk into the trap, to walk right into it
à bon entendeur (, salut!)
a word to the wise
attiser les flammes de
to fan the flames of, to stir up
to settle, decide (solve a problem)
Un arbre qui tombe fait plus de bruit qu'une forêt qui pousse
a tree falling down makes more noise than a growing wood