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croix gammée
le chiffre d'affaires
the turnover
à en croire
if one was to believe...
le bruit court que
rumour has it that
se déclarer
to take a stand; break out (fire); become apparent
être en butte à
to be on the receiving end of, be exposed to
to popularise through media coverage
le millésime
the date, year; vintage
le gel
the frost, freezing; gel
le dégel
the thaw
to falsify, bend, distort
avoir un chat dans la gorge
to have a frog in one's throat
chat échaudé craint l'eau froide
once bitten, twice shy
roaring (stove); snoring; high-flown (style)
to hum, grumble, mutter
le collier
the necklace; -- de perles = a string of pearls
le perchiste
the acrobat, pole-vaulter
statuer sur
to rule on a lawsuit
tenir tête à
to stand up to someone
avoir un esprit de clocher
to be narrow-minded
sour, pungent, acid, sharp
un précepteur
a private tutor, private teacher
vain, conceited
le caniveau
the gutter, gully
la chaîne de montage
assembly line
la suffisance
the self-importance, smugness
en garde à vue
in custody
se rendre
to give oneself up, surrender; go
une période d'essai
a trial period
la marge de bénéfice
the profit margin
le volailleur
the poultry farmer, poulterer
on a massive scale
highly experienced, seasoned, practiced
peu profond
superficial, shallow, not deep
il m'arrive de
sometimes it happens to me that...
redorer le blason
to restore one's reputation
la tirelire
the piggy bank
la raclette
the scraper, squeegee; cheese grater
en nature
in kind
être près de ses sous
to be tightfisted, be careful with money
un panier percé
a squanderer, a spendthrift
mise en coupe
cutting of trees
le bûcheron
the woodcutter, lumberjack
le braconnier
the poacher
the felling; slaughter (animals)
à l'instar de
following the example of
la visite éclair
the whistle-stop tour
mettre à sac
to ransack, plunder
la foire d'empoigne
the free-for-all