enfant terrible

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enfant terrible

A famous person who is known to behave inappropriately, often to others' shock or horror. As this phrase is French for "terrible child," it is typically pronounced with a French accent. If you continue to have tantrums on the court, you will be known as the enfant terrible of tennis. He is the enfant terrible of high society, so of course he wore blue jeans to the gala.
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"Before, eating halal in Paris, you were pretty much limited to pizzerias or kebab shops," said Kamel Saidi, 32, who opened Les Enfants Terribles two years ago with his brother.
In Enfants Terribles, Weiner breaks new ground by analyzing the French mass media to map out the rise of a new figure in the French cultural landscape, the teenage girl.
I'M utterly fed up - if that's not too cruel a pun - with the self styled enfants terribles among our celebrity chefs.
Mimoza Ahmeti, one of the enfants terribles of the nineties, has set about to expand the horizons and explore the possibilities offered to her by her own senses.
Petulant rigidity sabotaged Steve Jobs, Philippe Kahn, and other technology enfants terribles, and Cypress' Alvarez notes, "Sometimes T.J.
The novel Les Enfants terribles (1929; "The Incorrigible Children"; Children of the Game) is a study of the inviolability of the character of a brother and sister.
From the start, Monteverde's works showed a predilection for literary sources whose dramatic depth kept him away from abstract formalism (his first success, La boule de neige, was based on Les enfants terribles of Jean Cocteau).
Cocteau's poetic novels are Thomas l ' imposteur (1923; translated as The Imposter, 1957), set in World War I; Le Grande Ecart (1923; translated as The Grand Ecart, 1925); and Les Enfants terribles. He also wrote and directed films, many of which were based on his own plays or novels.
The drawings are peopled as well by characters from Cocteau's films, such as Dargelos, the brutal schoolboy from Le Sang d'un Poete and Les Enfants Terribles (The Strange Ones, 1950), and Heurtebise, the glazier-angel who guides the hero through the underworld in Orphee (1949).
And now he is moving so suddenly from being one of the most terrible of dance's enfants terribles to one of its Grandest of Grand Old Men.
One reference point might be Jean Cocteau's Les Enfants terribles, of 1950.