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jeter un froid – French expression

jeter un froid - French expression

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What does the French word ' jeter un froid ' mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

jeter un froid - to throw a cold. jeter un froid, in everyday French, means 'to put a damper on', 'to cast a chill', 'to rain on the parade'.

  •     " Elle s'est garée à la place handicapé du supermarché et ça a jeté un froid parmi nous dans la voiture."
    • "She parked in the disabled place of the supermarket and it threw a chill among us in the car."

Related : un froid de canard . Express Yourself (Expressions with FROID) . Express Yourself (Expressions with CHAUD) .

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Expressions with CHAUD

Expressions with CHAUD

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Expressions with CHAUD - What are 10 French expressions with CHAUD? How are they used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

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Banque des expressions

chaud lapin, eu chaud, me tient bien chaud

  1. « Ma doudoune _________. »
  2. « Ne sors pas avec lui, c’est un _________. »
  3. « Eh ben dis-donc, j'ai _________. J'ai bien failli rater le train. »

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1.tenir chaud - to keep warm, literally and figuratively

  • « Ma doudoune me tient bien chaud. »
  • « Ne sors pas avec lui, c’est un chaud lapin. »

2.un chaud lapin - a man who loves sex, a womanizer, almost a sex addict, to be a dog

  • « Ne sors pas avec lui, c’est un chaud lapin. »
  • "Don’t go out with him, he’s a dog."

3.avoir eu chaud - to be lucky to have escaped a catastrophe, ‘That/It was close!’

  • « Eh ben dis-donc, j'ai eu chaud. J'ai bien failli rater le train. »
  • “Well, it was close. I almost missed the train.”

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avoir eu chaud – French expression

avoir eu chaud - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ avoir eu chaud ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

avoir eu chaud - to have had hot. avoir eu chaud means 'to be lucky to have escaped a catastrophe'. I like to translate it as ‘That/It was close!’. A synonymous expression is 'l’avoir échappé belle'.

  • « Eh ben dis-donc, j'ai eu chaud. J'ai bien failli rater le train. »
  • “Well, it was close. I almost missed the train.”

Related: Practice expressions with CHAUD . The environment and Premium Terms . Nature and Premium . COP21 . Climate Summit – Read Along .

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Tenir chaud – French expression

Tenir chaud - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ tenir chaud ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

tenir chaud - to hold warm. tenir chaud means 'to keep warm', literally and figuratively.

  • « Ma doudoune me tient bien chaud. »
    • “My down jacket keeps me really warm.”

Related: Practice expressions with CHAUD . The environment and Premium Terms . Nature and Premium . COP21 . Climate Summit – Read Along .

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un biffin – French expression

un biffin - French expression

frenchetc.org, learn french, french podcast, french, françaisWhat does the French expression ‘ un biffin ‘ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

Un biffin, une biffine. Les biffins – the feminine form is ‘biffine’ – are the descendants of our rag pickers and thrift dealers. Un biffin is someone who goes through trashcans to convert his finds into cash.

It’s a new word in the French language. Sadly, we’re hearing it more and more because so many French people – more and more single women – are struggling financially in these trying times of financial crisis. I translate it by dump(ster) diver. I welcome any other suggestions. Together, we could make a difference in the French language.

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Yay! I got 2 suggestions: how about 'a scavenger' or 'a forager' to translate 'un biffin'. Thank you.

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  • « Les biffins s’étaient installés sur le bitume. »
  • “ The dump divers were on the asphalt/sidewalks.”

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Restos du cœur – Read Along

Restos du cœur - Read Along

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Avec l’hiver viennent les nuits froides. Tous les ans, la France organise l’ouverture des Restos du cœur, offrant repas – et plus – aux plus démunis en cette saison.

Les Restos du cœur... jusqu'à quand ?

C'est une entreprise dont on regrette la bonne santé et la longévité. Lundi 26 novembre, Les Restos du cœur, fondés en 1985 par Coluche, ont entamé leur 28e campagne d'hiver. Et franchi la barre de 1 milliard de repas servis en vingt-sept années. […] A l'instar d'autres associations, Les Restos constatent l'afflux d'un nombre croissant de femmes seules ou avec des enfants et s'alarment de l'apparition d'un nouveau «public» : des pauvres âgés de 60 ans et plus. Continuez la lecture ici.

Traduction

With the winter, comes cold nights. Every year, France organizes the opening of “les Restos du cœur”, offering free meals - and more – to the people in need in this season.

The Restaurants of the Heart… until when

That’s a company we deplore its good health and longevity. On Monday November 26, the Restaurants of the Heart, funded in 1985 by Coluche, have launched their 28th winter campaign. And they crossed the bar of 1 billion meals served in 27 years. […] Like other charities, the Restaurants have witnessed the flood of an increasing numbers of women, alone or with children and they fear the eruption appearance of a new audience: poor elders, aging 60 and more.

Related: La pauvreté en français . Mots croisés sur la pauvreté .

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