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Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by leebenseng, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. leebenseng Senior Member

    Taiwan, Chinese
    Bonjour, que veut dire "à quitte ou double" dans "La semaine à quitte ou double de Villepin " dans la une de La Figaro d'aujourdui ?

    Il en a-t-il une expression correpondante en anglais? Merci.
     
  2. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    double or quits or double or nothing
     
  3. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    La phrase veut dire que Villepin va soit gagner une grande victoire, soit subir une grosse défaite. En anglais on pourrait dire "Villepin's make or break week".
     
  4. cirrus

    cirrus Senior Member

    Warwick
    UK English
    Or Villepin goes for broke. It means he has no plan B. If it goes wrong for him, his current career will end.
     
  5. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    Aupick make-or-break is very good but it is usually spelled with hyphens
     
  6. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    That makes sense. :)
     
  7. leebenseng Senior Member

    Taiwan, Chinese
    Merci beaucoup edwingill, Aupick, Cirrus. C'est maintenant très claire.
     
  8. EngrProf Senior Member

    Another example from Le Figaro, 26.09.08, about the American presidential debates: "Les débats ont le potentiel d'un quitte ou double."
     
  9. Grop

    Grop Senior Member

    Provence
    français
    I think it means they will have heavy consequences (on the election).
     
  10. EngrProf Senior Member

    Right. I'd translate this as "The debates have the potential to be double or nothing for a candidate." That's not a direct translation, but as a native speaker, that's how one would express it. This type of expression comes from the gambling world. A loser often says, after losing, "Double or nothing". Thanks for your reply.
     

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