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dans l’hémicycle (de l’Assemblée nationale)
on the benches of the French National Assembly
choyer
to cherish
to pamper
rendre un hommage appuyé à qn
to pay sb a glowing tribute
tirer au clair
to get to the bottom of
pointer
to clock in/out
entonner une chanson
to start singing
un hémicycle
semicircle
amphitheatre
malmener
to man-handle (sb)
to give (sb) a rought time
une composante
building block
redouter
to dread
feindre (de ne pas)
to feign (not to)
subir de rudes épreuves
to suffer great hardships
clore
to close (meeting, debate etc)
donner un souffle nouveau à
to give a new lease of life to
remanier
to rework, modify, revise
to reshuffle (cabinet)
une compétence
scope of activities, area, specialism
snober
to snub
to turn one’s nose up at
faire recette
to be a huge success
avec le concours de
with the participation of
with the help of
(s’)amenuiser
to dwindle, grow slimmer, diminish
s’affranchir de
to free os from
abandonner qn/qch à
to leave sb/sth to
mettre en lambeaux
to rip to shreds, to tear to pieces
nom d’une pipe!
flaming hell!
préalable
preliminary, prior
renchérir
to go one better
to add (onto what sb else has said)
le cas échéant
if need be
déconsidérer
to discredit
au mépris de
regardless of (contemptuous)
un empiétement
encroachment
faire avaler des couleuvres à qqn
to make sb eat humble pie
une couleuvre (à collier)
grass snake
au pas de charge
on/at the double, i.e. very quickly
effectuer un redécoupage électoral
to make boundary/constituency changes
épineux(-euse)
throny, spiny
empiéter sur
to encroach upon
être en butte à
to be exposed to (difficulties)
jouer les prolongations
to spin/drag things out
empiler
to pile up
à l’ombre de
in the shadow of
(s’)ériger en
to set (os) up as
un engagement (eg public, financier)
commitment
pied à pied
(defend, fight) every inch of the way
le prélèvement automatique
direct debit
des prélèvements (m) obligatoires
tax and social security deductions
amadouer
to coax
to mollify
trouver son second souffle
to get one’s second wind (sport)
to find a new lease of life, a new wind (fig)
prendre qqn au dépourvu
to catch sb off their guard
un coup de griffe
scratch
un genièvre
juniper
un bras de fer
arm-wrestling
trial of strength (fig)
fétiche
fetish
mascot
favourite
la politique de la main tendue
a policy of friendly co-operation
arrondir les angles
to smooth things over (fig)
donner du fil à retordre à qqn
to make life difficult for sb
expliciter
to make explicit, to explain
se reporter à
to refer to, look at
to think back to
lâcher prise
to let go (fig)
avoir sous le coude
to hold on to, to sit on
une primeur
scoop (media)
se borner à
to confine os to
la cérise sur le gâteau
the icing on the cake
jouer la montre
to play for time