By René James Hérail, Edwin A. Lovatt
The single French-English dictionary to provide entire, unexpurgated insurance of French slang, with 3 degrees of English translation, starting from slang via to straightforward English.
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Pl. ‘Plates of meat’, ‘hoofs’, feet. arquepince n. f. ): ‘The fuzz’, the police. arquepincer v. trans. (also: arcpincer): To ‘nab’, to ‘collar’, to arrest. arquer v. intrans. 1 To walk. Il était tellement schlass qu’il n’pouvait plus arquer: He was so drunk he couldn’t walk. 2 To ‘get the big stick’, to have an erection. arquin n. m. ‘Chubb-buster’, safe-cracker. arquinche adj. (also: arquiche): ‘Tight-fisted’, mean. arquincher v. trans. To ‘nab’, to ‘collar’, to arrest. arraché n. m. Avoir quelque chose à l’arraché: To get something by an all-out effort.
22 DICTIONARY OF MODERN COLLOQUIAL FRENCH assommoir n. m. 1 ‘Grotty pub’, down-market drinking establishment. ) 2 Bore, boring person. Assottes n. f. pl. Les Assottes: The Assizes, the Assizes Court. astap adj. inv. (abbr. à se taper le cul par terre) C’est astap! a It’s too ridiculous for words! b It’s bloody hilarious! ). astibloc n. m. Maggot, larva of the blow-fly. astic n. m. ): Wax polish. Passer l’astic: To polish. asticot n. m. 1 Larva of the blow-fly. ): ‘Bloke’, ‘geezer’, fellow. C’est un drôle d’asticot: He’s a bit of an odd-ball.
Arabe adj. 1 Fourbi arabe: ‘Tricky business’, a very complicated state of affairs. 2 Téléphone arabe: ‘Grapevine’, word-of-mouth transmission of news. J’ai eu ça par le téléphone arabe: I heard it through some chaps at work. 3 Merde arabe! Blast! ) aracail n. m. ‘Sky pilot’, ‘padre’, priest. araignée n. f. 1 Avoir une araignée au plafond: To be ‘barmy’, to be ‘bonkers’, to be mad. 2 Faire des pattes d’araignée: To write in a spidery script. 3 Faire (des) pattes d’araignée à quelqu’un: To ‘goose’, to caress lightly with nails and fingertips.
Dictionary of Modern Colloquial French by René James Hérail, Edwin A. Lovatt