à cheval sur les principes

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  1. The Donut New Member

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    Hi, please could somebody tell me what this title means:

    'A cheval sur les principes!'

    Thanks a lot.
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  2. Maped40

    Maped40 Senior Member

    French - France
    Very strict about principles
  3. Moon Palace

    Moon Palace Senior Member

    When someone is à cheval sur les principes, it means this person is a stickler for principles. Now, I can't say without more context (what is the book / chapter about?) to what point it fits your title.
  4. The Donut New Member

    Hi thanks a lot. The article is about horsemeat! I guess it's a play-on-words then!
  5. paulvial

    paulvial Senior Member

    Je voudrais trouver la meilleure façon de traduire "à cheval sur les principes " en parlant d'une personne
    J'ai pensé à:

    He is very strict
    He rather sticks to principles

    Many thanks in advance
  6. Topsie

    Topsie Senior Member

    Avignon, France
    He's a stickler for principles.
  7. ride7359 Senior Member

    American English would say: He sticks to his principles
    He is very principled.
  8. Catoo Member

    How about:
    He has high moral fibre
  9. paulvial

    paulvial Senior Member

    Many thanks to all
    I think I will choose "he sticks to his principles " as it is the one I remember having heard the most whilst in England.
  10. belgian teacher

    belgian teacher Senior Member

    I would say : to adhere firmly to the rule(s)
    What's the context ??
  11. theironduck Senior Member

    Portishead, UK
    English (British)
  12. Glat64 Senior Member

    Vendée, France
    Être à cheval sur les principes = To be a stickler for principles

    Stickler = Someone who insists on doing things to perfection.

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