Translation of main in English:

main

Pronunciation: /mɛ̃/

f

  • 2une main secourable a helping hand une main criminelle someone with criminal intentions
  • 3avoir qch sous la main to have sth to hand cela m'est tombé sous la main I just happened to come across it mettre la main sur qch to get one's hands on sth je n'arrive pas à mettre la main dessus I can't lay my hands on it je l'ai eu entre les mains mais... I did have it but... être entre les mains de qn [power] to be in sb's hands prendre qn/qch en mains to take sb/sth in hand à ne pas mettre entre toutes les mains [book] not for general reading tomber entre les mains de qn to fall into sb's hands les mains vides empty-handed je le lui ai remis en mains propres I gave it to him/her in person de la main à la main [sell] privately être payé de la main à la main to be paid cash (in hand)
  • 4écrit de la main du président written by the president himself de ma plus belle main in my best handwriting
  • 7à main droite/gauche on the right/left

Compounds

main courante

Idioms

j'en mettrais ma main au feu or à couper

I'd swear to it

d'une main de fer

with an iron rod

il n'y est pas allé de main morte!

[fam], he didn't pull his punches!

avoir la main leste

to be always ready with a slap

faire main basse sur

to help oneself to [goods]; to take over [market, country]

en venir aux mains

to come to blows

avoir la main heureuse

to be lucky

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