composite dentaire + toothy expressions in French
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
composite dentaire (kom poh zeet dahn tair)
: a type of dental filling made up of composite materials
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Un composite dentaire. J'ai perdu un composite dentaire.
A filling. I lost a filling.
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I was flossing my teeth the other day when the minty thread caught... and something disengaged. An ever so slight ting! had my eyes following sound down into the sink....
I bent over to study the object. Was it a composite? Forlorn, I reached for the jagged form (no bigger than a peppercorn).
Was it a tooth or a filling? The thought had me faint, heart reeling.
Staring at the little lost limb (or so it might have been!) I wondered about age, loss, and whether or not to give a toss?
Hair, belly, teeth, and all that striving to keep them neat! Brush after every meal! Careful what you eat!
I looked into the palm of my hand where all those lifelines meet... There sat the toothy thing, menacing like middle age, haunting like hormonal heat.
:: Toothy Expressions ::
croquer la vie à pleines dents = to fully live life
avoir les dents longues = to have long teeth = to be ambitious
faire ses dents = to cut teeth (new teeth emerging from the gums)
œil pour œil, dent pour dent = an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
avoir une dent contre quelqu'un = to hold a grudge against someone
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