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tordre
Pronunciation: /tɔʀdʀ/

Translation of tordre in English:

verbe transitif

  • 1 (tourner violemment) tordre le bras/le poignet à quelqu'un
    to twist somebody's arm/wrist
    tordre le cou à un poulet
    to wring a chicken's neck
    tordre le cou à quelqu'un [familier] [littéral] [figuré]
    to wring somebody's neck
    tordre le cou à une idée reçue
    to turn received wisdom on its head
  • 3 (contracter) la douleur/peur lui tordait le visage
    his face was distorted with pain/fear
    l'angoisse lui tordait l'estomac
    fear was tying his stomach up in knots

also: se tordre verbe pronominal

  • 1 (se faire mal à) se tordre le pied/la cheville/le poignet
    to twist one's foot/ankle/wrist
  • 3 (sous l'effet d'une émotion, d'une douleur) se tordre de douleur
    to writhe in pain
    se tordre de rire
    to double up laughing
    il y a de quoi se tordre! [familier]
    it's a scream! [familier]

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