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British English: /riːl/
American English: /ril/

Translation of reel in French:


  • 1 (for cable, cotton, film, tape)
    moulinet (m)
    reel-to-reel (tape recorder)
    à bobines
    a reel of cotton, a cotton reel
    une bobine de coton
    a three-reel film
    un film en trois bobines
  • 2 (dance)
    quadrille (m) écossais

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • (sway)
    he reeled across the room
    il a traversé la pièce en titubant
    the blow sent him reeling
    le coup l'a projeté en arrière
    the news sent him reeling [figurative]
    la nouvelle l'a bouleversé
    his mind was reeling at the thought of
    il était dans tous ses états à l'idée de
    the government is still reeling after its defeat
    le gouvernement ne s'est pas encore remis de sa défaite


off the reel

(American English)
sans hésiter

Phrasal verbs

reel back

reculer en titubant

reel in

ramener (fish)

reel off

reel off [something]
dérouler (thread)
débiter (list, names)

reel out

reel out [something]
Definition of reel in:
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