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couler
Pronunciation: / kule /

Translation of couler in English:

verbe transitif

  • 4
    [familier]
    (faire échouer)
    (matière, épreuve)
    to make [somebody] fail
    (élève, étudiant)
    ce sont les maths qui l'ont coulé
    it was his maths mark (anglais britannique) ou math grade (anglais américain) that brought him down
    les scandales l'ont coulé
    the scandals ruined him (familier)
  • 5 (glisser discrètement) [littéraire]couler quelque chose dans quelque chose
    to slip something into something
    il a coulé une lettre dans ma poche
    he slipped a letter into my pocket
    couler un regard vers quelque chose/quelqu'un
    to steal a glance at something/somebody

verbe intransitif

  • 2 (se fluidifier)
    (fromage)
    to go runny

also: se couler verbe pronominal

  • (se glisser)se couler dans
    (foule, ouverture)
    to slip between
    (draps)
    se couler entre
    to slip between
    (piquets, obstacles, gens)

Idioms

couler des jours heureux

to lead a happy life

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