je ne sais quoi

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je ne sais quoi

A positive or pleasant quality that is difficult to define. This French phrase translates to "I don't know what" in English. She had a certain je ne sais quoi that men found quite attractive.
See also: Ne

ˌje ne sais ˈquoi

/%Z@ n@ seI "kwA:/ (from French, often humorous) a good quality that is difficult to describe: He has that je ne sais quoi that distinguishes a professional from an amateur.It has a certain je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘I do not know what’.
See also: Ne
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Le Quoi, immediately on Ms liberation, were not extremely collected; and, when he reached the light, he threw his eyes upward, in order to examine the distance he had fallen.
Le Quoi, now, who must know something about driving, because he has rode out so often with me; I will leave it to Mr.
Le Quoi” Richard was too much agitated to regard his pronunciation, of which he was commonly a little vain: “Monsieur La Quoi, pray get off my leg; you hold my leg so tight that it's no wonder the horses back.”
Monsieur Le Quoi has come out with only one cap; Old Fritz would not stay to finish the bottle; and Mr.
By this time the gentleman in the front seat, who had been addressed as Monsieur Le Quoi, had arisen with some difficulty, owing to the impediment of his overcoats, and steadying himself by placing one hand on the stool of the charioteer, with the other he removed his cap, and bowing politely to the Judge and profoundly to Elizabeth, he paid his compliments.
Le Quoi resumed his seat with a polite reciprocation in his mirth.
thou recover thyself, Dickon!” he said; ‘but for that brave lad yonder, thou and thy horses, or rather mine, would have been dashed to pieces—but where is Monsieur Le Quoi?”
She is making the tour du monde entirely alone, without even a soubrette to carry the ensign, for the purpose of seeing for herself a quoi s'en tenir sur les hommes et les choses- -on les hommes particularly.
"A Vavoua, tout est priorite de telle sorte qu'on ne sait par quoi commencer", s'inquiete le maire.
Mais qu'en est-il pour la question : au service de quoi d'essentiel pour vous mettez-vous vos qualites et vos talents ?
Ensuite de quoi, il a pris la fuite, precise le correspondant sur place de la Radio.
He has a large helping of je ne sais quoi about him.
Police in Ganta, Nimba County have arrested and charged a 36-year-oldman for allegedly removing his friend's eye.Emmanuel Quoi, a resident of Lao Zao Town, district#8 was arrested Monday after he took a knife and dismembered the victim, identified as Diamond Nehway, 31.
Quoi De Neuf created a good impression on his British debut at Aintree and can follow up in the Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle at Sandown.
Quoi De Neuf (3-1) made a pleasing winning debut in the EBF Stallions 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle under Grand National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell.