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lâcher

lâcher (lah-shay) verb
1. to release, to loosen, to slacken
2. to let go of
3. to come out with
4. to leave, to walk out on

se lâcher
1. to let oneself go (to speak frankly)
2. to speak one's mind

Expressions:
lâcher prise = to let go, to lose one's hold
lâche-moi les baskets! = get off my back!
lâcher des sous = to fork out (money)
lâcher le morceau = to tell the truth, to come clean
lâcher le peloton = to get a lead on (the rest of the pack)
lâcher la bride à quelqu'un = to give someone more of a free rein

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Citation du Jour

Combien de gens meurent dans les accidents, pour ne pas lâcher leur parapluie.

How many people die in accidents because they didn't let go of their umbrella. --André Gide

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A Day in a French Life...

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*References: une crique (f) = a cove, bay; un dimanche après midi (m) = Sunday afternoon; profitez bien! = take advantage (of the day!); un oursin (m) = a sea urchin; le déjeuner sur le sable (m) = lunch on the sand; un éclat de rire = a burst of laughter; un maillot (de bain) m = a bathing suit

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