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bow 1

British English: /bəʊ/
American English: /boʊ/

noun

intransitive verb

  • manier l'archet

Idioms

to have more than one string ou several strings to one's bow

avoir plus d'une corde or plusieurs cordes à son arc

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bow 2
British English: /baʊ/
American English: /baʊ/

noun

  • 1 (forward movement) to make a bow
    faire un salut
    to take a bow (Theatre) to make one's bow [figurative]
    faire ses débuts
  • 2 (Nautical) on the starboard bow
    par tribord devant
    to go down by the bows
    sombrer par l'avant
  • 3 (Sport)
    rameur/-euse (m/f) avant

transitive verb

  • baisser (head)
    courber (branch)
    incliner (tree)
    to bow the knee [figurative]
    se soumettre (to à)
    to bow one's head in prayer
    prier les yeux baissés

intransitive verb

  • 2 (give way)to bow to
    s'incliner devant (wisdom, knowledge, necessity, majority)
    to bow to pressure
    céder à la pression
    to bow to somebody's opinion
    se ranger à l'avis de quelqu'un
  • 3 (sag)
    (plant, shelf)
    se courber (under sous)

also: bowed past participle adjective

Idioms

to bow and scrape

[figurative]

there was a lot of bowing and scraping

il y a eu beaucoup de courbettes

to fire a shot across somebody's bows

[figurative]
tirer un coup de semonce à quelqu'un

Phrasal verbs

bow down

1 bow down [literal]
se prosterner (before devant)
[figurative]
se soumettre (before devant)
2 bow [somebody/something] down
(wind)
courber (tree)
(weight)
plier, courber (person)
to be bowed down by
être plié or courbé sous (weight, load)
they were bowed down by the burden of debt
le fardeau des dettes les écrasait

bow out

(resign)
prendre congé, tirer sa révérence [informal]

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