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activité physique 4.93 ‘physical activity’ (lit. activity physical
année scolaire 3.60 ‘school year’ (lit. year scholar
art contemporain 4.60 ‘contemporary art’ (lit. art contemporary
baie vitrée 3.64 ‘open glass window’ (lit. opening glassy
bas côté 1.31 ‘aisle/roadside’ (lit. low side
beau frère 0.67 ‘brother-in-law’ (lit. beautiful brother
beau père 1.18 ‘father-in-law’ (lit. beautiful father
belle mère 0.80 ‘mother-in-law’ (lit. beautiful mother
berger allemand 1.29 ‘German shepherd’ (lit. shepherd German
bon sens 3.57 ‘common sense’ (lit. good sense
bon vent 0.87 ‘good luck’ (lit. good/fair wind
bon vivant 2.57 ‘bon vivant’ (lit. good living
bonne humeur 4.53 ‘good mood’ (lit. good mood
bonne poire 0.42 ‘sucker, soft touch’ (lit. good pear
bonne pratique 4.47 ‘good practice’ (lit. good practice
bouc émissaire 0.23 ‘scapegoat’ (lit. goat emissary
bras cassé 0.57 ‘lame duck’ (lit. arm broken
bras droit 0.40 ‘most important helper/assistant’ (lit. arm right
brebis galeuse 0.55 ‘black sheep’ (lit. sheep scabby
carte blanche 0.20 ‘carte blanche’ (lit. card white
carte bleue 1.94 ‘bank card’ (lit. card blue
carte grise 3.08 ‘vehicle registration’ (lit. card grey
carte vitale 1.70 ‘healthcare card’ (lit. card vital
carton plein 0.78 ‘clean sweep’ (lit. cardboard full
casque bleu 1.85 ‘UN peacekeeper’ (lit. helmet blue
centre commercial 3.93 ‘shopping center’ (lit. center commercial
cercle vicieux 2.15 ‘vicious circle’ (lit. circle vicious
cerf volant 0.64 ‘kite’ (lit. deer flying
chambre froide 4.27 ‘cold chamber’ (lit. chamber cold
changement climatique 4.79 ‘climate change’ (lit. change climatic
chapeau bas 0.64 ‘bravo’ (lit. hat low
charge sociale 3.00 ‘social security contribution’ (lit. charge social
chauve souris 0.33 ‘bat’ (lit. bald mouse
chute libre 3.64 ‘free fall’ (lit. fall free
club privé 4.58 ‘private club (sexual connotation)’ (lit. club private
coffre fort 3.67 ‘safe, vault’ (lit. chest/box strong
communauté urbaine 4.57 ‘urban community’ (lit. community urban
conseil municipal 4.00 ‘city council’ (lit. council municipal
coup dur 2.40 ‘problem, difficulty’ (lit. blow hard
coup franc 1.71 ‘free kick (soccer)’ (lit. blow free/frank
courrier électronique 4.57 ‘e-mail’ (lit. mail electronic
court circuit 1.69 ‘short circuit’ (lit. short circuit
court métrage 2.36 ‘short film’ (lit. short length
crème fraîche 3.73 ‘French sour cream’ (lit. cream fresh
crème glacée 4.75 ‘ice cream’ (lit. cream icy
dernier cri 0.67 ‘something trendy’ (lit. last scream
dernier mot 3.09 ‘final say’ (lit. last word
directeur général 3.87 ‘chief executive officer’ (lit. director general
disque dur 2.83 ‘hard drive’ (lit. disk hard
douche froide 1.18 ‘damper/frustration’ (lit. shower cold
droit fondamental 4.27 ‘fundamental right’ (lit. right fundamental
développement économique 4.46 ‘economic development’ (lit. development economic
eau chaude 5.00 ‘hot water’ (lit. water hot
eau douce 2.33 ‘fresh water’ (lit. water soft/sweet
eau minérale 4.00 ‘mineral water’ (lit. water mineral
eau potable 5.00 ‘drinking water’ (lit. water potable
eau vive 3.44 ‘jellyfish’ (lit. water lively
eau forte 0.90 ‘etching’ (lit. water strong
eaux usées 4.54 ‘sewage’ (lit. waters used
effet spécial 3.67 ‘special effect’ (lit. effect special
expérience professionnelle 4.86 ‘professional experience’ (lit. experience professional
fait divers 3.69 ‘news story’ (lit. fact diverse
famille nombreuse 4.90 ‘large family’ (lit. family numerous
faux ami 1.25 ‘false friend’ (lit. false friend
faux cul 0.31 ‘hypocrite’ (lit. false arse
faux pas 1.82 ‘blunder’ (lit. false step
faux semblant 3.57 ‘false pretence’ (lit. false appearance
feu rouge 2.60 ‘red traffic light’ (lit. fire red
feu vert 0.71 ‘green light, permission’ (lit. fire green
fil conducteur 1.25 ‘underlying theme’ (lit. thread conductor
fleur bleue 0.45 ‘sentimental’ (lit. flower blue
foie gras 4.54 ‘foie gras’ (lit. liver fatty
fou rire 2.33 ‘giggle’ (lit. crazy laughter
grand air 1.33 ‘outdoors’ (lit. big air
grand jour 1.07 ‘broad daylight’ (lit. big day
grand saut 2.17 ‘move forward’ (lit. big leap
grand écran 3.14 ‘silver screen’ (lit. big screen
grande entreprise 4.54 ‘big company’ (lit. big company
grande surface 3.14 ‘department store’ (lit. big surface
grippe aviaire 3.58 ‘avian flu’ (lit. flu avian
gros mot 1.40 ‘swearword’ (lit. large/fat word
gros plan 1.87 ‘close-up’ (lit. large/fat plan
guerre civile 3.43 ‘civil war’ (lit. war civil
haut parleur 1.83 ‘loudspeaker’ (lit. loud/high speaker
haute mer 2.54 ‘high seas’ (lit. high sea
haute montagne 4.13 ‘high mountains’ (lit. high mountain
heure supplémentaire 4.00 ‘overtime hour’ (lit. hour extra
huile essentielle 2.25 ‘essential oil’ (lit. oil essential
idée reçue 2.90 ‘popular belief’ (lit. idea received
insertion professionnelle 4.27 ‘professional integration, employability’ (lit. insertion professional
intérêt général 4.36 ‘general interest’ (lit. interest general
jeune fille 4.64 ‘young girl, maiden’ (lit. young girl
journal officiel 4.50 ‘official gazette’ (lit. newspaper official
langue française 4.85 ‘French language’ (lit. language French
marée noire 3.00 ‘oil spill’ (lit. tide black
match nul 2.46 ‘draw, stalemate’ (lit. match null
matière grasse 5.00 ‘fat’ (lit. matter greasy
matière grise 2.15 ‘grey matter’ (lit. matter grey
matière première 2.90 ‘raw material’ (lit. matter primary
mauvaise foi 2.38 ‘bad faith’ (lit. bad faith
mauvaise langue 2.21 ‘gossiper’ (lit. bad tongue
montagnes russes 1.08 ‘roller coaster’ (lit. mountains Russian
monument historique 4.79 ‘historical monument’ (lit. monument historical
mort né 3.23 ‘stillborn’ (lit. dead born
nouveau monde 2.73 ‘New World, Americas’ (lit. new world
nuit blanche 1.07 ‘sleepless night’ (lit. night white
numéro vert 1.50 ‘toll-free number’ (lit. number green
ordure ménagère 4.20 ‘household waste’ (lit. garbage domestic
organisation syndicale 4.90 ‘trade union’ (lit. organisation of-trade-union
pages jaunes 3.00 ‘yellow pages’ (lit. pages yellow
parachute doré 0.50 ‘golden parachute’ (lit. parachute golden
parc naturel 4.33 ‘nature park’ (lit. park natural
parti politique 4.88 ‘political party’ (lit. party political
parti pris 2.69 ‘bias’ (lit. party taken
partie fine 0.80 ‘orgy’ (lit. party fine/delicate
petit ami 0.86 ‘boyfriend’ (lit. small friend
petit beurre 1.64 ‘butter biscuit’ (lit. small butter
petit déjeuner 2.27 ‘breakfast’ (lit. small lunch
petit joueur 1.00 ‘amateur’ (lit. small player
petit pois 4.14 ‘pea’ (lit. small pea
petit salé 1.15 ‘salted pork’ (lit. small salty
petit écran 2.50 ‘television’ (lit. small screen
petit enfant 2.79 ‘grandchild’ (lit. small child
petit four 0.92 ‘type of pastry’ (lit. small oven
petit nègre 0.50 ‘pidgin or ‘badly spoken’ French’ (lit. little black-person
petite annonce 2.69 ‘classified ad’ (lit. small announcement
petite nature 0.47 ‘sensitive/fragile person’ (lit. small nature
pied noir 0.13 ‘French expats from Algeria’ (lit. foot black
pièce montée 2.47 ‘tiered cake’ (lit. piece assembled
pleine lune 3.54 ‘full moon’ (lit.full moon
poids lourd 2.08 ‘truck’ (lit. weight heavy
point faible 2.46 ‘weak point’ (lit. point weak
point mort 1.00 ‘standstill’ (lit. point dead
pot pourri 0.40 ‘medley’ (lit. pot/jar rotten
poule mouillée 0.00 ‘coward’ (lit. chicken wet
poupée russe 3.75 ‘Russian nesting doll’ (lit. doll Russian
premier ministre 3.67 ‘prime minister’ (lit. first minister
premier plan 2.82 ‘foreground’ (lit. first plan
première dame 1.92 ‘first lady’ (lit. first lady
prince charmant 2.00 ‘prince charming’ (lit. prince charming
prévision météorologique 4.70 ‘weather forecast’ (lit. forecast meteorological
recherche scientifique 4.92 ‘scientific research’ (lit. research scientific
ressources humaines 3.91 ‘human resources’ (lit. resources human
rond point 3.18 ‘roundabout’ (lit. round point
roulette russe 0.87 ‘Russian roulette’ (lit. roulette Russian
réchauffement climatique 4.40 ‘global warming’ (lit. warming climatic
région parisienne 4.43 ‘Paris region’ (lit. region Parisian
réseau social 4.09 ‘social network’ (lit. network social
sang froid 0.47 ‘cold blood, self-control’ (lit. blood cold
second degré 1.40 ‘irony, tongue-in-cheek’ (lit. second degree
second rôle 3.64 ‘supporting role’ (lit. second role
septième ciel 0.21 ‘cloud nine’ (lit. seventh heaven
service public 4.71 ‘public service’ (lit. service public
site officiel 4.85 ‘official website’ (lit. website official
soirée privée 4.53 ‘private party’ (lit. party private
sucre roux 4.31 ‘brown sugar’ (lit. sugar ginger-colored
sécurité routière 4.55 ‘road safety’ (lit. safety of-road
sécurité sociale 3.67 ‘social security’ (lit. security social
table basse 4.79 ‘coffee table’ (lit. table low
table ronde 1.46 ‘round table, discussion’ (lit. table round
tapis rouge 3.31 ‘red carpet, luxurious welcoming’ (lit. carpet red
temps fort 1.87 ‘key moment, highlight’ (lit. time strong
temps mort 2.07 ‘wasted time, idleness’ (lit. time dead
temps partiel 3.62 ‘part-time (work)’ (lit. time partial
temps plein 3.08 ‘full-time (work)’ (lit. time full
temps réel 3.00 ‘real time’ (lit. time real
travaux publics 4.09 ‘public works’ (lit. works public
trou noir 2.58 ‘black hole’ (lit. hole black
trou normand 0.78 ‘palate cleanser’ (lit. hole Norman
téléphone arabe 0.23 ‘Chinese whispers’ (lit. telephone Arabic
téléphone portable 5.00 ‘cellphone’ (lit. telephone portable
valeur sûre 3.64 ‘safe bet’ (lit. value safe/sure
vie associative 4.00 ‘community life’ (lit. life associative
vie quotidienne 4.31 ‘everyday life’ (lit. life daily
vieille fille 2.42 ‘spinster’ (lit. old girl/maid
vin blanc 3.80 ‘white wine’ (lit. wine white
vin rouge 4.69 ‘red wine’ (lit. wine red
yeux rouges 4.36 ‘red eyes’ (lit. eyes red
école primaire 3.92 ‘primary school’ (lit. school primary
étoile filante 3.20 ‘shooting star’ (lit. star slipping
CompoundshcHMTranslation (Gloss)
activité physique 4.93 ‘physical activity’ (lit. activity physical
année scolaire 3.60 ‘school year’ (lit. year scholar
art contemporain 4.60 ‘contemporary art’ (lit. art contemporary
baie vitrée 3.64 ‘open glass window’ (lit. opening glassy
bas côté 1.31 ‘aisle/roadside’ (lit. low side
beau frère 0.67 ‘brother-in-law’ (lit. beautiful brother
beau père 1.18 ‘father-in-law’ (lit. beautiful father
belle mère 0.80 ‘mother-in-law’ (lit. beautiful mother
berger allemand 1.29 ‘German shepherd’ (lit. shepherd German
bon sens 3.57 ‘common sense’ (lit. good sense
bon vent 0.87 ‘good luck’ (lit. good/fair wind
bon vivant 2.57 ‘bon vivant’ (lit. good living
bonne humeur 4.53 ‘good mood’ (lit. good mood
bonne poire 0.42 ‘sucker, soft touch’ (lit. good pear
bonne pratique 4.47 ‘good practice’ (lit. good practice
bouc émissaire 0.23 ‘scapegoat’ (lit. goat emissary
bras cassé 0.57 ‘lame duck’ (lit. arm broken
bras droit 0.40 ‘most important helper/assistant’ (lit. arm right
brebis galeuse 0.55 ‘black sheep’ (lit. sheep scabby
carte blanche 0.20 ‘carte blanche’ (lit. card white
carte bleue 1.94 ‘bank card’ (lit. card blue
carte grise 3.08 ‘vehicle registration’ (lit. card grey
carte vitale 1.70 ‘healthcare card’ (lit. card vital
carton plein 0.78 ‘clean sweep’ (lit. cardboard full
casque bleu 1.85 ‘UN peacekeeper’ (lit. helmet blue
centre commercial 3.93 ‘shopping center’ (lit. center commercial
cercle vicieux 2.15 ‘vicious circle’ (lit. circle vicious
cerf volant 0.64 ‘kite’ (lit. deer flying
chambre froide 4.27 ‘cold chamber’ (lit. chamber cold
changement climatique 4.79 ‘climate change’ (lit. change climatic
chapeau bas 0.64 ‘bravo’ (lit. hat low
charge sociale 3.00 ‘social security contribution’ (lit. charge social
chauve souris 0.33 ‘bat’ (lit. bald mouse
chute libre 3.64 ‘free fall’ (lit. fall free
club privé 4.58 ‘private club (sexual connotation)’ (lit. club private
coffre fort 3.67 ‘safe, vault’ (lit. chest/box strong
communauté urbaine 4.57 ‘urban community’ (lit. community urban
conseil municipal 4.00 ‘city council’ (lit. council municipal
coup dur 2.40 ‘problem, difficulty’ (lit. blow hard
coup franc 1.71 ‘free kick (soccer)’ (lit. blow free/frank
courrier électronique 4.57 ‘e-mail’ (lit. mail electronic
court circuit 1.69 ‘short circuit’ (lit. short circuit
court métrage 2.36 ‘short film’ (lit. short length
crème fraîche 3.73 ‘French sour cream’ (lit. cream fresh
crème glacée 4.75 ‘ice cream’ (lit. cream icy
dernier cri 0.67 ‘something trendy’ (lit. last scream
dernier mot 3.09 ‘final say’ (lit. last word
directeur général 3.87 ‘chief executive officer’ (lit. director general
disque dur 2.83 ‘hard drive’ (lit. disk hard
douche froide 1.18 ‘damper/frustration’ (lit. shower cold
droit fondamental 4.27 ‘fundamental right’ (lit. right fundamental
développement économique 4.46 ‘economic development’ (lit. development economic
eau chaude 5.00 ‘hot water’ (lit. water hot
eau douce 2.33 ‘fresh water’ (lit. water soft/sweet
eau minérale 4.00 ‘mineral water’ (lit. water mineral
eau potable 5.00 ‘drinking water’ (lit. water potable
eau vive 3.44 ‘jellyfish’ (lit. water lively
eau forte 0.90 ‘etching’ (lit. water strong
eaux usées 4.54 ‘sewage’ (lit. waters used
effet spécial 3.67 ‘special effect’ (lit. effect special
expérience professionnelle 4.86 ‘professional experience’ (lit. experience professional
fait divers 3.69 ‘news story’ (lit. fact diverse
famille nombreuse 4.90 ‘large family’ (lit. family numerous
faux ami 1.25 ‘false friend’ (lit. false friend
faux cul 0.31 ‘hypocrite’ (lit. false arse
faux pas 1.82 ‘blunder’ (lit. false step
faux semblant 3.57 ‘false pretence’ (lit. false appearance
feu rouge 2.60 ‘red traffic light’ (lit. fire red
feu vert 0.71 ‘green light, permission’ (lit. fire green
fil conducteur 1.25 ‘underlying theme’ (lit. thread conductor
fleur bleue 0.45 ‘sentimental’ (lit. flower blue
foie gras 4.54 ‘foie gras’ (lit. liver fatty
fou rire 2.33 ‘giggle’ (lit. crazy laughter
grand air 1.33 ‘outdoors’ (lit. big air
grand jour 1.07 ‘broad daylight’ (lit. big day
grand saut 2.17 ‘move forward’ (lit. big leap
grand écran 3.14 ‘silver screen’ (lit. big screen
grande entreprise 4.54 ‘big company’ (lit. big company
grande surface 3.14 ‘department store’ (lit. big surface
grippe aviaire 3.58 ‘avian flu’ (lit. flu avian
gros mot 1.40 ‘swearword’ (lit. large/fat word
gros plan 1.87 ‘close-up’ (lit. large/fat plan
guerre civile 3.43 ‘civil war’ (lit. war civil
haut parleur 1.83 ‘loudspeaker’ (lit. loud/high speaker
haute mer 2.54 ‘high seas’ (lit. high sea
haute montagne 4.13 ‘high mountains’ (lit. high mountain
heure supplémentaire 4.00 ‘overtime hour’ (lit. hour extra
huile essentielle 2.25 ‘essential oil’ (lit. oil essential
idée reçue 2.90 ‘popular belief’ (lit. idea received
insertion professionnelle 4.27 ‘professional integration, employability’ (lit. insertion professional
intérêt général 4.36 ‘general interest’ (lit. interest general
jeune fille 4.64 ‘young girl, maiden’ (lit. young girl
journal officiel 4.50 ‘official gazette’ (lit. newspaper official
langue française 4.85 ‘French language’ (lit. language French
marée noire 3.00 ‘oil spill’ (lit. tide black
match nul 2.46 ‘draw, stalemate’ (lit. match null
matière grasse 5.00 ‘fat’ (lit. matter greasy
matière grise 2.15 ‘grey matter’ (lit. matter grey
matière première 2.90 ‘raw material’ (lit. matter primary
mauvaise foi 2.38 ‘bad faith’ (lit. bad faith
mauvaise langue 2.21 ‘gossiper’ (lit. bad tongue
montagnes russes 1.08 ‘roller coaster’ (lit. mountains Russian
monument historique 4.79 ‘historical monument’ (lit. monument historical
mort né 3.23 ‘stillborn’ (lit. dead born
nouveau monde 2.73 ‘New World, Americas’ (lit. new world
nuit blanche 1.07 ‘sleepless night’ (lit. night white
numéro vert 1.50 ‘toll-free number’ (lit. number green
ordure ménagère 4.20 ‘household waste’ (lit. garbage domestic
organisation syndicale 4.90 ‘trade union’ (lit. organisation of-trade-union
pages jaunes 3.00 ‘yellow pages’ (lit. pages yellow
parachute doré 0.50 ‘golden parachute’ (lit. parachute golden
parc naturel 4.33 ‘nature park’ (lit. park natural
parti politique 4.88 ‘political party’ (lit. party political
parti pris 2.69 ‘bias’ (lit. party taken
partie fine 0.80 ‘orgy’ (lit. party fine/delicate
petit ami 0.86 ‘boyfriend’ (lit. small friend
petit beurre 1.64 ‘butter biscuit’ (lit. small butter
petit déjeuner 2.27 ‘breakfast’ (lit. small lunch
petit joueur 1.00 ‘amateur’ (lit. small player
petit pois 4.14 ‘pea’ (lit. small pea
petit salé 1.15 ‘salted pork’ (lit. small salty
petit écran 2.50 ‘television’ (lit. small screen
petit enfant 2.79 ‘grandchild’ (lit. small child
petit four 0.92 ‘type of pastry’ (lit. small oven
petit nègre 0.50 ‘pidgin or ‘badly spoken’ French’ (lit. little black-person
petite annonce 2.69 ‘classified ad’ (lit. small announcement
petite nature 0.47 ‘sensitive/fragile person’ (lit. small nature
pied noir 0.13 ‘French expats from Algeria’ (lit. foot black
pièce montée 2.47 ‘tiered cake’ (lit. piece assembled
pleine lune 3.54 ‘full moon’ (lit.full moon
poids lourd 2.08 ‘truck’ (lit. weight heavy
point faible 2.46 ‘weak point’ (lit. point weak
point mort 1.00 ‘standstill’ (lit. point dead
pot pourri 0.40 ‘medley’ (lit. pot/jar rotten
poule mouillée 0.00 ‘coward’ (lit. chicken wet
poupée russe 3.75 ‘Russian nesting doll’ (lit. doll Russian
premier ministre 3.67 ‘prime minister’ (lit. first minister
premier plan 2.82 ‘foreground’ (lit. first plan
première dame 1.92 ‘first lady’ (lit. first lady
prince charmant 2.00 ‘prince charming’ (lit. prince charming
prévision météorologique 4.70 ‘weather forecast’ (lit. forecast meteorological
recherche scientifique 4.92 ‘scientific research’ (lit. research scientific
ressources humaines 3.91 ‘human resources’ (lit. resources human
rond point 3.18 ‘roundabout’ (lit. round point
roulette russe 0.87 ‘Russian roulette’ (lit. roulette Russian
réchauffement climatique 4.40 ‘global warming’ (lit. warming climatic
région parisienne 4.43 ‘Paris region’ (lit. region Parisian
réseau social 4.09 ‘social network’ (lit. network social
sang froid 0.47 ‘cold blood, self-control’ (lit. blood cold
second degré 1.40 ‘irony, tongue-in-cheek’ (lit. second degree
second rôle 3.64 ‘supporting role’ (lit. second role
septième ciel 0.21 ‘cloud nine’ (lit. seventh heaven
service public 4.71 ‘public service’ (lit. service public
site officiel 4.85 ‘official website’ (lit. website official
soirée privée 4.53 ‘private party’ (lit. party private
sucre roux 4.31 ‘brown sugar’ (lit. sugar ginger-colored
sécurité routière 4.55 ‘road safety’ (lit. safety of-road
sécurité sociale 3.67 ‘social security’ (lit. security social
table basse 4.79 ‘coffee table’ (lit. table low
table ronde 1.46 ‘round table, discussion’ (lit. table round
tapis rouge 3.31 ‘red carpet, luxurious welcoming’ (lit. carpet red
temps fort 1.87 ‘key moment, highlight’ (lit. time strong
temps mort 2.07 ‘wasted time, idleness’ (lit. time dead
temps partiel 3.62 ‘part-time (work)’ (lit. time partial
temps plein 3.08 ‘full-time (work)’ (lit. time full
temps réel 3.00 ‘real time’ (lit. time real
travaux publics 4.09 ‘public works’ (lit. works public
trou noir 2.58 ‘black hole’ (lit. hole black
trou normand 0.78 ‘palate cleanser’ (lit. hole Norman
téléphone arabe 0.23 ‘Chinese whispers’ (lit. telephone Arabic
téléphone portable 5.00 ‘cellphone’ (lit. telephone portable
valeur sûre 3.64 ‘safe bet’ (lit. value safe/sure
vie associative 4.00 ‘community life’ (lit. life associative
vie quotidienne 4.31 ‘everyday life’ (lit. life daily
vieille fille 2.42 ‘spinster’ (lit. old girl/maid
vin blanc 3.80 ‘white wine’ (lit. wine white
vin rouge 4.69 ‘red wine’ (lit. wine red
yeux rouges 4.36 ‘red eyes’ (lit. eyes red
école primaire 3.92 ‘primary school’ (lit. school primary
étoile filante 3.20 ‘shooting star’ (lit. star slipping
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