[+laine, verre] to spin
filer un mauvais coton (fig) to be in a bad way
(=prendre en filature) to shadow, to tail
filer qch à qn to give sb sth
File-moi une clope. Give us * a fag.
[+câble, amarre] to pay out, to let out
(=aller vite) to speed
Les voitures filent sur l'autoroute. Cars are speeding along the motorway.
(=partir) to make off
file dans ta chambre! off to your room with you!
filer à l'anglaise to take French leave
[bas, maille, liquide, pâte] to run
filer doux to behave o.s., to toe the line
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