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How to say “cheat sheet” in French

How to say cheatsheet in French in the sense of Quick Reference Card and not of cheating in the exams? For instance here is a trigonometry cheat sheet http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/pdf/...
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Le mot “sérendipité”

Le mot "sérendipité" vient du mot anglais "serendipity" ([1], [2], [3]). Est-ce un mot répandu en France ? Peut-on l'employer couramment pour exprimer (...) le fait de réaliser une découverte ...
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Conveying the idea of “alive and kicking”

What are some colloquial ways to express in French "alive and kicking" (meaning alive and healthy) as in A: "How are you doing after your surgery?" B: "I'm alive and kicking!" She ran a ...
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Conveying the idea of “can’t hold a candle to”

If you say that one person or thing can't hold a candle to another, you meant that the first person or thing is not nearly as good as the second. E.g. There is not one rock star today who could ...
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Expressing “(one's) off” as in “he is working his ass off”

(slang) (One's) ass off is used to emphasize the preceding verb as having been done to the maximum degree. For instance I worked my ass off to get where I am today! The people in the back were ...
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« Code golf » : de quoi aurait l'air l'emprunt hybride ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
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Emploi du mot “iceberg”

Je lis un ouvrage sur la physique de classes prépas. L'énoncé commence par : Considérons un iceberg de volume total V flottant sur l'eau. Soit v le volume de partie émergée. (...) Peut-on utiliser ...
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Comment traduire « full of beans » : adjectif simple, syntagme ou locution ?

En anglais on a l'« adjectif idiomatique » full of beans, signifiant entre autres « energetic and enthusiastic » (Wiktionnaire) ou « full of energy and life » (Merriam Learners) : Jem was among ...
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Is there some sort of French saying for “a person's signature move”?

I don't know why but I just feel like the French would have a saying for something like this, kind of like pièce de résistance but instead of the most prominent or best part of something, a signature ...
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French equivalent of “my cup of tea”

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/my-cup-of-tea.html One expression that I consider a "classic" English one is "my cup of tea". Does the literal translation in French, i.e. "ma tasse de thé", ...
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Chain rule (of differentiation)

En anglais, on peut dire the chain rule (of differentiation of a function composed of two or more functions). J'ai constaté que la version homologue française « règle de dérivation en chaîne ...
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“Practice makes perfect” and “c'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron”

Trying to translating "practice makes perfect" (i.e. if one practices an activity enough, one will eventually master it; see https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/practice+makes+perfect) I encountered ...
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How do the French people typically say, 'I already have a good feeling about them'?

'Sorry, it’s not the time for my doom and gloom. I have to be honest, I won’t pretend to know exactly what those new attractions are, but I already have a good feeling about them.' I was watching an ...
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How do the French people typically say, 'has had its moment'?

'Our sea resort hotel has had its moment. But our profits have suffered after that, and it's really put the owner in a bad mood. Well, it was good while it lasted. But never mind that now.' I was ...
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French abbreviation for comparing two items (“vs”)

In my app I have a toggle button which simply has "VS" on it, being the abbreviated form of "versus". When clicked, it brings up a comparison of two items. Is there a brief French equivalent which ...
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Emploi métaphorique du mot “parapluie”

So continuum mechanics is not a new or challenging topic. Rather it is a chance to start over and put all that was studied previously under a single umbrella. Peut-on employer le mot parapluie dans ...
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Le mot “parlance”

I was reading a mathematical textbook and I encountered the following passage: Ordinary words which in common parlance have many different shades of meaning are used in mathematics with very ...
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How do French people typically say, 'from all the odds and ends we had lying around'?

I'm not sure a French expression matching with this exists but French language is rich in the scope of their expressions, so I must try. What is a typical way to say, 'from all the odds and ends we ...
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How to say “have ideas above his station” in French?

In conversation, one of my colleagues said: He's thinking of making advances to the hospital director's daughter. If you ask me, he's got ideas above his station. He's not set up for life or ...
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Transcription du [r] de l'API anglais à l'API français

J'aimerais savoir s'il y a une façon de transcrire le [r] de l'API anglais avec l'API français ? Par exemple est-ce que le [r] anglais pourrais, en API français, s'écrire avec un [w] ?
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How to render the colloquial “You've got competition!” into French

In conversation, I just said: Je vais prendre exemple sur eux et me mettre à faire ces choses avec autant d’élégance ! Vous allez voir ce que vous allez voir, mesdemoiselles ! Here I wanted to ...
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Translation of “I don't have anything to smile about”

I'm trying to translate the lyric: "I don't have anything to smile about." Does Je n'en ai rien pour sourire or Je n'ai rien pour en sourire sound okay to you? Or would a different ...
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French equivalent of “Make leaps and bounds”

Talking about an English grammar book to some French friends I wanted to say something like Use this book and soon you will be making leaps and bounds. In fact I have seen the expression in this ...
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“To go from zero to hero”

I was talking to my colleagues about one Mechanics book and I wanted to say something like With this book any student may go from zero to hero. Or equivalently This book may take any student ...
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Monty Python's Woman instead of Roman (W instead of R speaking defect)

As a sequel to the previous related question Monty Python's Life of Brian: "Biggus Dickus" translated as "Enormus Vergus" In the original version the Roman governor has a ...
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Monty Python's Life of Brian: “Biggus Dickus” translated as “Enormus Vergus”

Here is the particular (very funny!) passage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2dVNu-Z34&t=136s And here is some of the dialogue of the French subtitled version. One notes that the " Biggus ...
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French equivalents of “my heart leaps”

Es macht viel mehr Spaß, jederzeit dorthin fahren zu können, wohin es uns gefällt. Ach, die Reise ist schon was Feines – da macht das Herz Sprünge! We were having a conversation in German, and here I ...
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French equivalents of “a double bind”

We were having a conversation in German, and I was wondering how the same idea is commonly/idiomatically expressed in French. Er steckte ganz schön in der Zwickmühle -- ich kann ihm den Weg, den er ...
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How to say “I took your class last year” to a teacher

I am unfamiliar with the grammar and would like to tell my teacher that I was in her class last year since she doesn't seem to remember me. How could I add the name of this class in the sentence as ...
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How to say somebody is trouble (in a flirtatious way)?

I guess troublemaker, "perturbateur de troubles" is somewhat close. But wondering if there's a phrase or word that keeps the "naughtyness" kind of connotation. I'm trying to flirt with a girl I met in ...
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Can “ Du coup” render “By the way”?

I came across this question How to translate “By the way”? — Comment traduire « By the way » ? I wanted to answer it by mentioning "Du coup" but I was not sure. I think it is not mentioned ...
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French equivalents of “some people”, as in “Honestly, some people!”

To express the idea of "Honestly, some people!" (said irritatedly), in conversation I said jokingly: Tu ne sais pas que c’est mal élevé d’interrompre une conversation ? Franchement, il y a de ces ...
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“It is what it is” in French

According to https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/it+is+what+it+is this idiomatic expression is used to talk about the The situation, circumstance, or outcome (that) has already happened or been ...
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French equivalents of “X puts the smile back on her face”

We were having a conversation in German, and I was wondering how the same idea is commonly/idiomatically expressed in French. Sie lässt sich nichts anmerken, aber so viel muss sie durchmachen. Mit ...
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Le « heat pipe » reliant le processeur à un échangeur thermique ?

En ce qui a trait à l'aménagement interne d'un ordinateur portable : We've got a single heat pipe running from the CPU over to a small heat exchanger that exhausts here at the back of the unit. ...
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How is the idea of “X comes a distant third” commonly expressed in French?

We were having a conversation in German. Citing, one by one, three reasons why I think my friend has been hired for a job, I said jokingly: Die Antwort ist denkbar einfach. Erstens X. Zweitens Y. ...
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Ways to express “The reader may wish to…” / “The reader may want to…”

As an application the reader may wish to prove... (see for instance here) The reader may want to show that for our example... What are some standard ways (if it is a common practice as in English)...
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“Faire le buzz” / “faire du buzz”

Les expressions « faire le buzz / faire du buzz » sont-elles assez répandues en dehors des mondes technologique internet, entreprise, marketing, etc. ? Comment doit-on prononcer buzz afin d'être bien ...
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Contexte et orthographe du mot « feedback »

Il me semble que le mot « feedback » est assez répandu dans le monde académique, le monde industriel, et celui des entreprises et du commerce. Peut-on l'utiliser en dehors de ces contextes ? Le mot « ...
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Le « tin tie coffee bag » ?

Comment nomme-t-on ou décrit-on un « tin tie coffee bag » ? On utilise souvent ce genre de sac que ce soit de papier ou en plastique pour le vente de café moulu ou en grains. On a parfois des ...
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Traduction de core dans un contexte particulier

Je participe à la traduction d'un site anlgais et plus généralement à la passation de connaissances de la communauté anglophone à la communauté français sur le sommeil polyphasique et je bloque sur l'...
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Does “comme on était à New York” mean “since” or “as though”?

Quote: — Je sais que tu pars souvent avec lui, mais dis-moi franchement, êtes-vous allés chez le même coiffeur ? — As-tu l’intention de me faire un interrogatoire ? Car si c’est le cas, je ...
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“It will become the talk of Paris” - translation into French

"This innovative Canadian TV comedy will soon become the talk of Paris once again." I'd like to know, when a certain TV star or program, or a scandalous politician or company is expected to become ...
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At the eleventh hour

What are some colloquial ways to say "at the eleventh hour" (the last moment or almost too late, see, e.g., https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/eleventh-hour)? One way should obviously ...
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“Handle/treat someone/something with kids gloves”: translation variants and phrasing?

I'm looking at the translations for the idiom handle/treat (someone) with kids gloves and I can see manipuler avec des gants de soie, prendre des gants (Wiktionary) and prendre des gants avec quelqu'...
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« C'est simplement outrageant » : un faux « faux-ami » en contexte ?

"It's just outrageous, there's no other word to describe it," said John English, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Trudeau. "It's a tragedy that this has happened, and I think the explanation is ...
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« This », l'interjection en argot d'internet ?

— At this point, a great ending would have been to have Bran get up and walk. Might as well. [Rendu là, un bonne fin aurait été de de voir Bran se lever et marcher. Tant qu'à faire.] — ...
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Traduction du « literally » argotique ?

Bon, en anglais on dit SUPER souvent « literally » pour souligner quelque chose. Par exemple : « I literally can’t stand you. » « Literally stop! » « Did you literally eat six burgers? » « Are ...
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Why French dicts do not contain the distinct pronunciations of words in Canada and France (as UK and US pronunciations in English dicts)?

English is pronounced differently in each country where it is spoken. The two most popular accents are the ones from UK and US. The most widely taught UK English accent is called Received ...
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Is there anything like “little old X” for describing something?

So in English you might hear people say something like “Oh, I went to this little old shop the other day!” or “He bought me this little old book about space!” when they’re talking about something nice ...