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Principal Translations/Principales traductions
c'est it is, this is, that is
  it's, that's
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Compound Forms/Formes composées
avec lui,
c'est donnant,
donnant
phrase
he always wants something in return
avec lui,
c'est donnant,
donnant
with him fair is fair
avec lui,
c'est donnant,
donnant
with him it's a question of give and take
c'est à la bonne franquette   (meal)it won't be anything fancy nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
  it will just be a store-cupboard meal nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
c'est à la tête du client it depends on whether [sb] likes the look of you
 The amount he charges varies according to whether he likes the look of you or not.
C'est à n'y rien comprendre ! It's just baffling
  I can't figure it out!
Under whose name? In whose name? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  May I have your name? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  What name is it? And your name is? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
C'est à quel sujet ? What is this about? What is it about?
  And the subject is?
C'est à qui ? (à qui le tour ?)Whose turn is it? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (belonging)Whose is this? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (queue, game, etc.)Who's next? Whose turn is it? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est à y perdre son latin can't make head or tail of it
c'est alors que And then…
  And that is when…
c'est au-dessus de mes forces expr (c'est trop dur ou compliqué)it's/that's beyond me exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
C'est aussi simple que cela !   (colloquial)it's as simple as that!
  it's as easy as that!
C'est bien fait ! Serves you right
C'est bien fait pour lui ! Serves him right
C'est bien fait pour sa gueule ! très familier  (colloquial)serves [sb] damned right!
   (UK, colloquial)serve [sb] bloody (well) right! serve [sb] sodding well right!
c'est bien joli tout ça,
mais …
  (UK)it's all very well and good but
   (US)that's all fine and dandy but
C'est bien le moment !   (ironic)Perfect timing!
C'est bien ma chance !   (colloquial)just my luck!
C'est bien ma veine ! familier  (colloquial)just my luck!
C'est bien parce que c'est toi !   (colloquial)only because it's you who's asking!
c'est bien vrai   (colloquial)it's really true
C'est ce qu'on va voir ! that's what we're going to see
c'est chose faite it's already done
C'est comme ça,
et pas autrement !,
C'est comme ça !
it's like that and not otherwise
c'est coton familierit's difficult, it's tricky
c'est couru d'avance expr (la réponse est déjà connue)it's/that's a foregone conclusion exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Mon père ne me donnera pas l'autorisation de sortir, c'est couru d'avance.
C'est cuit !   (colloquial)we've had it!, it's cooked! It's done!
c'est dans l'ordre des choses that's the way it goes, that's the order of things, nothing to be done about it
C'est dans la boîte !   (colloquial)it's in the bag!
c'est dans la poche   (colloquial)it's in the bag!
c'est dans le besoin que l'on reconnaît ses amis lov v (les amis répondent quand il faut)it's when you fall on hard times that you find out who your friends are exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (proverb)a friend in need is a friend indeed exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 L'épreuve est difficile mais Pierre sait que c'est dans le besoin que l'on reconnaît ses amis; il sait qu'il aura de l'aide.
c'est dans les vieux pots qu'on fait les meilleures soupes,
c'est dans les vieux pots qu'on fait la meilleure soupe
Experience always wins the day
c'est dans mes cordes that's my line of work
C'est de bonne guerre ! it's only fair, it's fair enough
C'est de famille !   (colloquial)it runs in the family
   (colloquial)chip off the old block
c'est de l'histoire ancienne expr (c'est oublié, c'est passé)  (figurative)it's ancient history exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Cette erreur de jeunesse, c'est de l'histoire ancienne !
C'est de la gnognotte !,
C'est de la gnognote !
familier  (colloquial)it's dead easy
c'est de la triche expr (c'est malhonnête)that's cheating exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
C'est dire !   (colloquial)it goes to show
C'est dommage de + [infinitif] It is a pity to…
  It is a shame to…
C'est dommage que + [subjonctif] It is a pity that…
  It is a shame that…
  Too bad (that)
 Too bad he can't make it today.
c'est donnant donnant Fair's fair
  Give and take
 With him it's always give and take.
c'est donné expr familier (ce n'est pas cher)it's a bargain exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Regarde ce pull, 20 € seulement : c'est donné !
c'est donné expr familier (c'est acquis d'avance)it's a done deal exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 C'est donné, c'est donné, c'est toi qui le dis, nous allons voir !
c'est donné expr familier (c'est offert)it's a gift exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Voici ce petit cadeau, c'est donné par la maison pour vous remercier de votre fidélité.
C'est du beau !   (colloquial)what a shame!, Shame on you!
c'est du chinois,
c'est de l'hébreu
figuré (c'est incompréhensible)  (figurative)This is double Dutch. exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (figurative)It's all Greek to me! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Je ne comprends rien, pour moi c'est du chinois.
  (colloquial)It's just show! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)It's all fake! It's acting! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
it's solid, it's sturdy exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)It's all show! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
it's a waste exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est du gâteau on Easy Street
c'est du gâteau it's a piece of cake
C'est du gâteau ! familierA piece of cake
  This is a walkover!
C'est du grand art ! expr souvent ironique (Bravo !)Nicely done! Beautifully handled! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
C'est du jamais vu   (colloquial)it's unreal
C'est du joli !   (ironic)Well that's nice!
C'est du lourd ! familier  (colloquial)That's heavy duty! That's hardcore! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 - J'ai vu le directeur habillait en femme dans un bar ce week-end ! - Ouah, c'est du lourd ! Le dernier clip de Rihanna, c'est du lourd !
C'est du pareil au même ! Same difference
  Six of one and half a dozen of the other
It's all in the past exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  It's all behind us now exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est du pipi de chat   (colloquial)it's only cat's pee
C'est du propre ! expr familier, ironique (désapprobation)  (ironic)Well, that's nice! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Tu as embrassé le copain de ta meilleure amie pendant qu'elle était en vacances : c'est du propre ! Comme ça, Julien, le proviseur t'a surpris en train de regarder dans les douches des filles : c'est du propre !
c'est du réchauffé it's stale, it's insipid exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (colloquial)That's what I call sport! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est du tout cuit   (colloquial)it's all done
C'est du vent ! It's just hot air! idiom
   (colloquial)It's nonsense!
expr (c'est beaucoup trop cher)That's daylight robbery! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Ce prix là pour un kilo de carottes ? C'est du vol !
c'est dur à avaler Hard to swallow
  That's a bitter pill to swallow
c'est écrit noir sur blanc It is written in black and white
  It's written in plain English
c'est en cela que this is how, that's how
   (formal)it is in this that
C'est en forgeant que l'on devient forgeron Practice makes perfect proverb
that's what it's meant for, that's what it's there for exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
there's no way around it exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
expr (c'est exagéré ou inadmissible)That's a bit strong! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  That's going (a bit) too far! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
C'est fou comme le temps passe vite ! expr (comme les temps changent)How time flies! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  Where does the time go? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  Where has the time gone? exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Il est déjà minuit? C'est fou comme le temps passe vite ! De jeune mariée à bientôt jeune grand-mère, c'est fou comme le temps passe vite !
c'est gros comme une maison   (colloquial)you can see it coming a mile off exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (colloquial)it's as plain as the nose on your face exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est hors de question it's out of the question
(It is) out of the question! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (informal)No way! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est joué d'avance already won the first round
c'est kif-kif,
c'est kif-kif bourricot,
c'est kif-kif la bourrique
adj invadjectif invariable: Adjectif invariable : adjectif qui a la même forme au singulier et au pluriel, au masculin et au féminin. Ex : "canon" : un garçon canon, une fille canon, des garçons canon, des filles canon.
familier (pareil)it comes down to the same thing exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est l'affaire de quelques jours it'll only take a few days
  (UK)You can't see the wood for the trees exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (US)You can't see the forest for the trees exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est l'arroseur arrosé expr (qqn pris à son propre jeu)the boot is on the other foot now exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  it's a case of the biter bit, now the biter is bit exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est l'enfance de l'art exp (très simple)it's child's play exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Tu n'auras aucune difficulté à la faire, c'est l'enfance de l'art.
c'est l'exception à la règle expr (c'est un cas exceptionnel)it's/that's the exception to the rule exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
   (person)he's/she's the exception to the rule exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Ne prends pas exemple sur lui, c'est l'exception à la règle !
c'est l'exception qui confirme la règle The exception that proves the rule
C'est l'hôpital qui se fout de la charité,
C'est l'hôpital qui se moque de la charité
expr
(on se moque du plus faible)It's/That's the pot calling the kettle black. exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est l'intention qui compte,
c'est le geste qui compte
It's the thought that counts
It's like a production line here! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
This is the life! exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  (informal)mothers' meeting exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
c'est la fin des haricots Game over!
  Our goose is cooked
  We've had it now
c'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase expr figuré (fait final qui déclenche une réaction)it's/that's the final straw exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  it's/that's the straw that broke the camel's back exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
 Cet énième refus, c'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase !
c'est la moindre des choses It is the least one can do
 After last night, it's the least I can do.
c'est la moindre des politesses it's the least you could do
c'est la montagne qui accouche d'une souris a great deal of effort with little result
c'est la porte ouverte à tous les excès This is an open door to every vice
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