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British English: /hiːl/
American English: /hil/

Translation of heel in French:


  • 1 (Anatomy) (of foot) to turn on one's heel a puppy at his heel(s)
    un chiot sur ses talons
    to bring a dog to heel
    rappeler un chien
    ‘heel boy!’
    ‘au pied!’
    to bring [somebody] to heel
    mater (rebel)
    mettre [quelqu'un] au pas (dissident, child, employee)
    to come to heel
    venir au pied
    (person) [figurative]
    se soumettre
  • 7 (British English) [informal] [dated] (person)
    chameau (m) [informal]

also: heels plural noun

  • also: high heels
    chaussures (fpl) à (hauts) talons

transitive verb

  • 1 (repair)
    refaire un talon à (shoe)


to cool ou kick one's heels

we left him to cool his heels for an hour

nous l'avons laissé poireauter pendant une heure [informal]

to dig in one's heels to dig one's heels in

se braquer [informal]
I'm prepared to dig my heels in on ou over this
je ne suis pas prêt à faire des compromis là-dessus

to fall ou go head over heels


to fall/be head over heels in love with somebody

tomber/être éperdument amoureux de quelqu'un

to be hard ou close on somebody's heels

être sur les talons de quelqu'un

to be hot on somebody's heels

talonner quelqu'un

to come ou follow hard on the heels of something

suivre de près quelque chose

to kick up one's heels

se défouler [informal]

to show a clean pair of heels to take to one's heels

Phrasal verbs

heel in

heel [something] in, heel in [something]
mettre [quelque chose] en jauge (plant, cutting)

heel over

Definition of heel in:
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