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le crime et le châtiment


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enfreindre la loi
to break the law
manigancer
to scheme; to "be up to something"
se dépêtrer de
to extricate onself
dispenser de
to excuse, to exempt, to spare
fureter
to ferret about, snoop
bafouer
to scorn, to scoff at
ourdir
to contrive, hatch (a plot); to weave
revaloir
to get even with
astreindre
to compel
malmener
to manhandle, to mistreat, to bully
être dans le bourbier
to be enmired
rudoyer
to bully, to mistreat
s'avilir
to debase onself
expier
to atone for, purge, expiate
être dans le pétrin
to be in hot water
estropier
to maim; to cripple
escamoter
to make vanish, cover up
honnir
to spurn, to hold in contempt
berner
to fool
fomenter
to instigate, incite, agitate
épingler
to pin, to catch, to criticize
échauder quelqu'un
to teach someone a lesson
saccager
to sack, pillage, wreck, devastate, vandalize
détenir
to hold, to detain
obtempérer
to obey
nuire à
to harm
subtiliser
to steal
carotter
to pinch (steal)
dégoter
to dig up (informal)
épier
to spy on, be on the lookout for, watch closely
brouiller les pistes
to cover one's tracks
trucider
(inf.) to knock off, to kill
piller
to loot / plunder
venir à la rescousse de
to bail someone out
être aux aguets
to be on the lookout
écoper
to bail water; to get a prison term
dégrader
to degrade, to deface
fustiger
flay; thrash
sévir
to clamp down, come down hard on
empoisonner
to poison
démêler
to untangle, to get to the bottom of
barboter
to splash around; to steal
braquer
to point, to aim, to hold up, to turn a steering wheel
sabrer
to strike with a sword; to cut chunks out of
ratisser large
to cast a wide net
assener
to strike, to hammer; to proclaim, hammer home
dégainer
to unsheathe, draw (~ a sword, a gun)
rendre la justice
to serve, mete out justice
pointer du doigt
to point at
tirer sur
to fire at
tabasser
to beat up
désamorcer
to defuse (bomb, crisis)
faire sauter
to blow something up