haleine (ah-len) noun, feminine
1. breath; breathing
avoir mauvaise haleine = to have bad breath
tout d'une haleine = in the same breath
avoir l'haleine courte = to be short of breath or short-winded
perdre haleine = to lose one's breath
rire à perdre haleine = to laugh until one's sides ache
reprendre haleine = to catch one's breath
discuter à perdre haleine = to argue non-stop
retenir son haleine = to hold one's breath
un travail de longue haleine = a long and exacting task
d'une seule haleine = in the same breath (without interruption)
tenir quelqu'un en haleine = to hold somebody spellbound; to keep somebody in suspense
Citation du Jour:
Contre la mauvaise haleine, un seul remède: le téléphone !
There is only one remedy against bad breath: the telephone! -Michel Chrestien
A Day in a French Life...
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*References: noisette = hazelnut; beurk! = gross! le dégoût (m) = disgust; arrête (arreter) = stop; ça suffit = that's enough! embêter = to annoy; encore du camembert, s'il te plaît! = more camembert, please!
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