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Pronunciation: / batʀ /

Translation of battre in English:

verbe transitif

  • 7 (Musique)battre la mesure
    to beat time
    battre le tambour (Armée)
    to beat the drum
    to shout from the rooftops
    (Armée) (tambour)
    battre la retraite
    to beat the retreat

also: battre de verbe transitif indirect

  • 1 (agiter) See examples: battre des ailes
    to flap its wings
    battre des cils
    to flutter one's eyelashes
    battre des mains battre des paupières
  • 2 (jouer) See examples: battre du tambour
    to beat the drum

verbe intransitif

also: se battre verbe pronominal

  • 3 (se frapper) See examples: se battre la poitrine
    to beat one's breast


battre en retraite

to beat a retreat

battre en retraite devant quelque chose/quelqu'un

to retreat before something/somebody

battre son plein

to be in full swing

je m'en bats l'œil

I don't give a damn (familier)

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