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Recently we came across such an expression lèvres en retrait. I have explored all Internet resources, but unfortunately I could not find the answer. Could anyone explain the meaning of this phrase?

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    Since it is not a set phrase you must give more context if you want an appropriate answer. – Laure Apr 21 '16 at 11:06
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    I don't know any expression like "Lèvres en retrait", it might be a physical description. But according to @Laure, no way to answer this if we don't have the context. – Charly Apr 21 '16 at 11:51
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    Just a wild guess, but it could be describing the correct positioning of the lips (of one’s mouth!) to pronounce certain sounds in a particular language. If this be the case, “lèvres en retrait” could mean the “opposite” of “lèvres arrondies/avancées/en avant” (rounded/puckered lips), in which case “lèvres rétractées/écartées” (retracted/spread lips) might be a better term to use. – Papa Poule Apr 21 '16 at 14:11
  • Unfortunately there was not a context, because it was given in a list of expressions in the textbook in the theme of appearance. – Fatimahon Apr 21 '16 at 22:51
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"lèvres" means "lips" or "labium", it should be obvious with more context which one this is about. "en retrait" is synonym with "reculé", "enfoncé", "qui se tient à l'écart".

so "lèvres en retrait" could be part of the physical description of someone's face. It is difficult to say more without a more precise context.

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