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28 days 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:

se refermer sur eux- mêmes comme

Context:

Les centres de protection de ce secteur, qui avait finalement accueilli de nombreux chefs-d’œuvre, durent se refermer sur eux- mêmes comme de véritables citadelles.
Le groupe d’abris constitué après l’évacuation du centre de rassemblement de Montauban, comprenait essentiellement lesc hâteaux de Montal, Latreyne, Bétaille et Vayrac. Autour d’eux gravitaient d’autres petits refuges satellites parmi lesquels Lanzac figurait en bonne place.

 

 

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28 days ago

elvis  See my profile wrote:

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28 days ago

plaisirsdelavie  See my profile wrote:

(to simplify) Had to turn themselves/convert themselves into regular fortresses/strongholds

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the problem with this description is the addition of "comme des forteresses". Otherwise, "wall themselves off" proposed by CMD would suit nicely.

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28 days ago

Ffion Marianne Moyle  See my profile wrote:

to close in on themselves

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or barricade themselves in or wall themselves off is good too

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28 days ago

Charles Ferguson  See my profile wrote:

to barricade themselves in like

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A certain personalisation here is probably justified as the text refers to masterpieces being "welcomed" in "fortresses".

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28 days ago

CMD  See my profile wrote:

they had to wall themselves off (from)

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OR ... to seal themselves off (from)

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28 days ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR the centres had to mutate into veritable impregnable fortresses

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28 days ago

martynback  See my profile wrote:

they had to draw in their defences like citadels under siege

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or they had to shut themselves off from the outside world
or they had to hunker down


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