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gratter
Pronunciation: / gʀate /

Translation of gratter in English:

verbe transitif

  • 2 (démanger)
    (bouton, cicatrice)
    to make [somebody] itch
    (personne)
    ce pull en laine me gratte
    this woollen (british) sweater itches ou makes me itch
    ça me gratte partout
    I'm itching all over
  • 3
    [familier]
    (gagner) See examples: il a gratté quelques euros sur l'argent des courses
    he fiddled a few euros from the shopping money
    il gratte régulièrement un quart d'heure sur son temps de travail
    he regularly works a quarter of an hour less than he's supposed to
  • 4
    [familier]
    (dépasser)
    to manage to get ahead of
    il a gratté tous ses concurrents
    he managed to get ahead of all his fellow competitors

also: gratter de verbe transitif indirect

[familier]
  • gratter de la guitare
    to strum the guitar

verbe intransitif

  • 1 (faire un bruit)gratter à la porte
    to scratch at the door
    on entendait gratter timidement au volet
    there was a timid scratching at the shutter

also: se gratter verbe pronominal

Idioms

[familier]
il peut (toujours) se gratter

he can go and jump in the lake

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