lacher du lest

  • polaire

    Senior Member
    English, United States
    Could you use the AE expression "caved"? Perhaps that would be too informal.

    He "back-pedaled"?

    He "took a step back"?

    This says "to dump ballast."

    To "sacrifice a pawn"? (A pawn may not be sufficiently important.)

    http://fr.answers.com/lest

    Jeter, lâcher du lest: faire un sacrifice relativement important, faire des concessions pour essayer de remédier à une situation compromise.
     

    Yul

    Senior Member
    Canada, French
    J'aime bien le " backed off" de JamesM, mais considérant qu'un certain recul est impliqué dans "backed off", je dirais plutôt "slacked off".
    Quid tibi videtur?
    Yul
     

    polaire

    Senior Member
    English, United States
    Yul said:
    J'aime bien le " backed off" de JamesM, mais considérant qu'un certain recul est impliqué dans "backed off", je dirais plutôt "slacked off".
    Quid tibi videtur?
    Yul
    You couldn't say that in AE. It means to stop work working, to be lazy, not to become less aggressive or insistent about a position.
     

    polaire

    Senior Member
    English, United States
    Maybe "retreated" would do, although it sounds more formal than "lacher du lest." "Back off" seems like the best one so far.
     

    Tresley

    Senior Member
    British English
    donaldmayerson said:
    sarkozy a lache du lest en octobre dernier en suspendant les expulsions
    How about:

    'Sarkozy relented last October by suspending dismissals'

    'Sarkozy made sacrifices last October......

    'Sarkozy became more leanient last October.....'

    'Sarkozy mellowed last October.....'
     

    polaire

    Senior Member
    English, United States
    Tresley said:
    How about:

    'Sarkozy relented last October by suspending dismissals'

    'Sarkozy became more leanient last October.....'

    'Sarkozy mellowed last October.....'
    "Relented" strikes me as too elegant.

    Sarkozy "cut his losses"?

    To cut (one's) losses To withdraw from a losing situation.
     
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