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2 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

en sursis de quelque danger

Context:

La liaison fonctionna toujours parfaitement, il n’y eut jamais de fausse manœuvre. Si je m’étais laissé deviner, nul doute pourtant que mes chefs et amis, MM. Jaujard, Billiet et Mme Saupique, n’en aient ressenti le contrecoup. Les uns et les autres en étions conscients, sans nous le dire ; mais en temps de guerre n’est-on pas toujours en sursis de quelque danger ?

Prior to this, the author has been talking about how the French who were still working at the museum, after the Germans had taken it over, had an idea of what the latter were actually doing in regards to French artwork. Thanks

 

 

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2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See my profile wrote:

But in time of war, danger (of any kind) is always hanging over, isn't it?

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Je pensais à l'épée de Damocles, d'où "hang over".

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2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

Or: There is always some kind of danger hanging over, isn't there?

2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

Or again, to be closer to the original text: Danger is always looming like a suspended sentence, isn't it?

2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

I forgot 'over" after "looming.

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2 months ago

CMD  See my profile wrote:

... is there any moratorium on risks at all (in times of war)?

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OR ... is there any delay or suspension of dangers/perils at all (in times of war)?

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2 months ago

martynback  See my profile wrote:

in wartime does one not always feel that danger is never far away?

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OR does one not always have a sense of impending danger?

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2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

or "that being safe is merely a reprieve"

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