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épater les bourgeois
To surprise people who have traditional views. "Épater" means "to flabbergast" in French. Our world is so crazy these days that it takes a lot to épater les bourgeois.
See also: les
les jeux sont faits
1. No more bets! From French (literally, "the games are made"), used by croupiers at a roulette table after the wheel has begun spinning. That's it, the spin has begun. Les jeux sont faits!
2. The current course of action cannot be reversed or undone; there's no going back now. The grim and unpredictable ramifications of the referendum are starting to set in with people. Les jeux sont faits, I'm afraid.
slang To engage in homosexual activity with another woman. ("Lez" is an often offensive or disparaging shortening of "lesbian.") The two girls started lezzing out after they had a few drinks. Don't lez out on me, Sarah—I don't swing that way.
See also: out
pas devant les enfants
From French, literally "not in front of the children," used in English to indicate the act or notion of not doing or saying something taboo or shocking within sight or hearing of children (or, more broadly, anyone who may be offended by it). Often used humorously, sarcastically, or sardonically. We've made a point of avoiding the pas devant les enfants in our house. If we have something to say, then we say it, whether the kids are around us or not. Users are up in arms over what they perceive to be the online paper's "pas devant les enfants" censorship of their comments.
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épater les bourgeoisshock people who have attitudes or views regarded as conventional or complacent.
The French phrase is generally used in English, there being no exact English equivalent. ‘Il faut épater le bourgeois’ (‘one must astonish the bourgeois’) was a comment attributed to the French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire .
1995 Times Because it takes more than a urinal to épater les bourgeois now, the real things that are being hauled into galleries grow ever more provocative: turds, frozen foetuses and used sanitary towels.
See also: les
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