Definition of ventre à terre in English:

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ventre à terre

Pronunciation: /ˌvɒ̃tr(ə) ɑː ˈtɛː/
/vɑ̃tʀ a tɛʀ/

adverb

At full speed (used especially of a horse’s movement or its representation in painting).
Example sentences
  • He arrives ventre à terre, only to have her die in his arms.
  • This is a romance with all the right stuff: passionate love and, best of all, a hero who rides ventre à terre to save his beloved.

Origin

French, literally '(with) belly to the ground'.

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