(=shape) courbe f
→ The beach stretched away before them in a gentle curve.
(=bend) (in the road)
tournant m , virage m
courbe $ f
→ Each firm will face a downward-sloping demand curve ...
→ a temporary blip on an otherwise healthy growth curve
to throw sb a curve prendre qn de court
[line, surface, arch] s'incurver → The archway curves to a point.
[road] faire une courbe → The lane curved round to the right.
n (mainly US)
to throw sb a curve ball prendre qn de court
We're on a steep learning curve. Nous devons apprendre très vite.
→ Both he and the crew are on a steep learning curve ...