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poil
Pronunciation: /pwal/

Translation of poil in English:

nom masculin

  • 1 (chez l'être humain) poils superflus
    unwanted hair
    arracher les poils (blancs) de sa barbe
    to pull the (white) hairs out of one's beard
    avoir le poil blond (familier)
    to have blond hair
    avoir du poil aux jambes
    to have hairy legs
    avoir du poil au menton
    [littéral]
    to have a hairy chin
    (être adulte) to be a grown man
    à poil (populaire) (nu)
    stark naked, starkers (familier)
    se mettre à poil (familier) ‘à poil!’
    ‘get your clothes off!’
    de tout poil (familier)
    of all kinds
    ‘au (petit) poil!’
    ‘fine!’
    être au poil (familier) (objet)
    to be just the ticket (familier)
    (personne)
    to be fantastic
    ça marche au poil (familier)
    it works like a dream
    arriver or tomber au (quart de) poil (familier)
    to arrive at just the right moment
    travailler au poil (familier)
    to be a great worker
    démarrer au quart de poil (familier)
    to start straight away
    ne plus avoir un poil de sec (familier)
    to be soaked to the skin
  • 2
    [familier]
    (cheveux) avoir le poil long/ras/rare
    to have long/short/thin hair
    homme au poil ras
    short-haired man
    homme au poil rare
    balding man

Compounds

poil à gratter

poils tactiles

Idioms

[familier]
être de bon/mauvais poil

to be in a good/bad mood

[familier]
j'ai le poil qui se hérisse

my hackles rise

hérisser le poil de quelqu'un

to put somebody's back up (familier)

[familier]
avoir un poil dans la main

to be bone idle

[familier]
ne plus avoir un poil sur le caillou

to be as bald as a coot (familier)

[familier]
tomber sur le poil de quelqu'un

(se fâcher contre) to have a real go at somebody (familier)
(frapper) to give somebody what's coming to him/her

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