false friend


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false friend

A phrase, word, or letter that sounds or looks similar to one in another language or dialect but has a significantly different meaning. I used the word "embarazada" to tell my Spanish friend I was embarrassed, not knowing that it was a false friend and actually means "pregnant"—now I'm even more embarrassed!
See also: false, friend
References in classic literature ?
If the poor lad were living, and came to me and begged that I would candidly tell which were his true and which his false friends, why, perhaps, I should not hesitate.
Noureddin, much mortified, recognised too late that he had confided in false friends, who abandoned him in his hour of need.
Booze is a false friend that hacks away at mental health and relationships
The associated stability is a false friend, which will eventually turn away foreign investment and leave Turkey weaker than before.
Original version Remarks Hurrying through the side False friend for Romanian streets, deserted at this speakers hour before works and offices closed, Dixon thought of Welch.
This is a first novel, and the next in the series will feature Beth, the false friend Echo has to cope with in this book.
The actress concerned, Mary Robinson, was also a noted poet and novelist, and it is her portrayal of a barely disguised Tarleton in The False Friend that summed up the man perfectly.
The resources presented here will allow us to discover the complexity of the false friend phenomenon and will contribute to the teaching and to the learning of these words.
A false friend needs to be distanced from you before you become associated with them and their ways.
CALL MY AQUARIUS LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470 0731 A FALSE friend needs to be distanced from you before you become associated with them and their ways.
In the second half however, in which she bitchily insults a false friend and has a real humdinger of a row with the jealous Alceste, she reveals both power and poignancym," the BBC quoted Charles Spencer from the Daily Telegraph, as saying.
Hindsight, though, can be a false friend, and right now, with the lease more than half-way through, it is more important to look to the future of Liverpool's tourism information centres than pick over decisions that probably seemed right six or seven years ago.
The film hangs together because Paul Barry gives it an emotional core in his concrete depiction of Everyman's surprise, hurt, anger, and disappointment as each false friend deserts him.
fold false friend, and I am certain that the list of languages that contain this word does not stop here.