Could do with + V-ing


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I'm having trouble translating this sentence:
"Could do with clearing this one up, John"
The speaker is a "detective chief superintendent"

my atttempt : Ca pourrait aller en résolvant ceci
But I don't think this is the meaning...

Do you have suggestions ? Thank you !

Do you think "could do with + V-ing" is a phrase or sth like that ?
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  • Docbike

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    english, UK
    Perhaps "on a grand besoin d'élucider celui-ci, Jean". "Could do with" is an idiom for something being really desirable. "could do with a nice cup of tea" if your English", " of wine" if French. I'm sure you can do better than my French effort.
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