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Volume II

ramasser

ramasser (ra-ma-say) verb
  1. to pick up
  2. to harvest

Expressions:
ramasser quelque chose à la pelle = to obtain loads of something
être à ramasser à la petite cuillère = to be exhausted
ramasser une bûche,* un gadin,* une gamelle,* une pelle* = to fall, to fall flat on one's face

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Citation du Jour
Il y a des jours où, pour juste se laisser vivre, il faut ramasser son courage à la petite cuillère.

There are days where, just to survive, we must pick up our courage by the teaspoonful.
--Renald Tremblay

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A Day in a French Life...

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*References: une bûche (f) = log; un gadin (...found only in the expression "ramasser or prendre un gadin"); une gamelle (f) = dish; une pelle (f) = shovel; le sécateur (m) = clippers; un Arcois, une Arcoise = one who is from Les Arcs; le voisinage (m) = neighborhood; par terre = on the ground; le mégot (m) = cigarette butt; Kronenburg = brand of French beer; Monsieur Propre = Mr. Clean; dimanche après-midi = Sunday afternoon; bonjour = hi; le PQ (slang) (m) = toilet paper; le prospectus = leaflet; à gogo = galore; la canette (f) = can (of soda, beer); et voilà = all done; la poubelle (f) = garbage can; un outil (m) = tool

Dictionary of French Slang and Colloquial Expressions lists approximately 4,500 common slang words and colloquial expressions. Entries include grammatical information, the definition in English, a sentence or phrase to illustrate usage, and an English translation of the example and, where applicable, a corresponding English slang expression. Each entry also identifies the word or phrase by type: student or youth slang, political slang, literary slang, and criminal and drug-related slang.

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