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le fossé

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le fossé (fo-say) noun, masculine            View from the garden
  1. ditch, trench, drain; gap

Expressions:
sauter le fossé = to make a risky decision
le fossé culturel = the cultural gap
le fossé entre les générations = the generation gap
saigner un fossé = to drain a ditch

Proverb
Ne triomphe pas avant d'avoir franchi le fossé.
Don't rejoice before crossing over the gap.


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A Day in a French Life....

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French vocabulary from the vignette that appeared along with today's word: sans mur = without a wall; le terrain (m) = land; littéralement = literally; la fourchette (f) = fork; cette fois-ci = this time; le pas (m) = step; le pied (m) = foot; la globe-trotteuse (f) = globetrotter; le soutien-gorge (m) = bra; sans sein = without a breast; le coeur (m) = heart; wet chicken (la poule mouillée = French for "coward"); meubler = to furnish; le pépin (m) = snag; le jardin (m) = garden; le fossé (m) = ditch; le cabanon (m) = shed; en main = in hand; Santé = To your health! (Cheers!)
Reverse French dictionary: The English expression first, French equivalent second
a drainage ditch is une rigole d'écoulement
an open ditch is une douve
hedging and ditching in French is l'entretien des haies et fossés
and ditchwater, in French is l'eaux stagnantes
Finally, when something is "dull as ditchwater" it is ennuyeux comme la pluie

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