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British English: /tuːl/
American English: /tul/

Translation of tool in French:


  • 2 (aid) an essential tool in the classroom
    un outil essentiel pour la classe
    management tools
    instruments (mpl) de gestion
  • 3 [pejorative] (puppet) to be a mere tool in the hands of
    être un simple instrument au service or entre les mains de

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • (informal) (dated)
    also: tool along
    rouler tranquillement

also: tooled past participle adjective


the tools of the trade

les outils du métier

to down tools

(British English) (go on strike)
(take break from work)

Phrasal verbs

tool up

1 tool up
to do pour faire
2 tool up [something], tool [something] up
(plant, factory)

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