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Years ago my father and I were kayaking a river in Michigan. One of us ran up on a submerged log, known as a "snag" in English, and got stuck. Another kayaker paddled by and exclaimed, "Ah! You've found a _______!"

He used a French term. For the life of me I can't remember what it was. I'd really like to know what he might have said. Help!!

Edit: we know it was French because we looked it up at the time and learned it was something the French trappers used. Maybe it's slang?

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    How can you be sure it was a French term ? Also from where I see it it could be anything just for the joke: "Ah, you found a treasure!", "Ah! you found a river monster!",... – Laurent S. Aug 29 '18 at 12:08
  • @Laurent S. I clarified the question. – acpilot Aug 29 '18 at 13:17
  • Is what you're calling a "snag" also known as a "strainer" in the English world of kayaking? If so, maybe it was one of the French equivalents of that word. – Papa Poule Aug 29 '18 at 14:20
  • Hi! By "submerged log" do you mean a tree stump or actually a "log"? Thks. – user3177 Aug 29 '18 at 20:40
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    A stump. I've found "chicot de bois" and "chicot d'arbre" but that's from the southern US. – acpilot Aug 29 '18 at 20:48
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From what you say, it may be

piège

this means trap, but it could be so many other words, it's just a guess ;)

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