Singapore Expats Forum

french > english

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.

help

french > english

Postby help » Thu, 07 Apr 2005 7:39 pm

what does the french phrase "graissé la patte" mean in english?
anyone? Thanks! :D

frenchy

Postby frenchy » Thu, 07 Apr 2005 10:29 pm

When were you told this words?

the French meaning depends on the context

Guest

Postby Guest » Fri, 08 Apr 2005 9:07 am

actually it is out of a news paper article...

"Paul Andreu n'est pas mis en cause pour avoir directement graissé la patte de dignitaires chinois."

in regards to the collapse of the CDG airport...

User avatar
Strong Eagle
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 10409
Joined: Sat, 10 Jul 2004
Location: Off The Red Dot
Contact:

Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 08 Apr 2005 9:52 am

From Babelfish

graissé la patte = lubricated the leg

so...

"Paul Andreu is not blamed to have directly lubricated the leg of Chinese dignitaries."

OK... I suspect that an automated translator may not get all the nuances.

kayhec
Member
Member
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed, 25 Aug 2004

Postby kayhec » Fri, 08 Apr 2005 9:56 am

It means bribing, giving money under the table....

Don't trust online translator they are useless....

User avatar
Strong Eagle
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 10409
Joined: Sat, 10 Jul 2004
Location: Off The Red Dot
Contact:

Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 08 Apr 2005 10:13 am

I do believe that anyone with an imagination could understand what "lubricate the leg" means, especially in the context of a government deal.

User avatar
eh+lah
Member
Member
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon, 07 Mar 2005
Location: oh, canada!

Postby eh+lah » Mon, 09 May 2005 12:34 pm

patte = paw if remember correctly, or rather refers to the limb of an animal.

sved

Postby sved » Tue, 10 May 2005 11:20 pm

Paul Andreu n'est pas mis en cause pour avoir directement graissé la patte de dignitaires chinois

"Paul Andreu hasn't been involved in corruption case with Chinese dignitaries"

User avatar
eh+lah
Member
Member
Posts: 43
Joined: Mon, 07 Mar 2005
Location: oh, canada!

Postby eh+lah » Tue, 10 May 2005 11:53 pm

not directly anyways.


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest