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to plead sb's case plaider la cause de qn
→ He hired a top lawyer to plead his case for him.
(=argue in support of)
→ He would plead the cause of Russian unity.
to plead the case for sth plaider la cause de qch
→ She appeared before the committee to plead the case for privatization.
(=give as excuse) invoquer
→ The Minister pleaded ill health as the reason for her resignation.
→ It was no defence for the guards to plead that they were only obeying orders.
to plead ignorance invoquer l'ignorance
→ The Government might find it convenient to plead ignorance.
How does the defendant plead? Comment plaide le défendeur ?
to plead guilty plaider coupable
to plead not guilty plaider non coupable
to plead with sb implorer qn
to plead with sb for sth implorer qn d'accorder qch
to plead with sb to do sth implorer qn de faire qch
→ He was pleading with her to control herself.
She pleaded with him not to leave. Elle l'implorait de ne pas partir.
to plead for sth implorer qch
→ She wrote to the Prime Minister pleading for restraint.
to plead for mercy implorer grâce
He was kneeling on the floor pleading for mercy. Il était agenouillé, implorant grâce.
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