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French polish

  
  
French polish is a type of varnish which is painted onto wood so that the wood has a hard shiny surface.      n-uncount  
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1       adj   French means belonging or relating to France, or its people, language, or culture.  
2       n-plural   TheFrench are the people who come from France.  
3       n-uncount   French is the language spoken by people who live in France and in parts of some other countries, including Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland.  
The villagers spoke French.     


French bean        ( French beans    plural  ) French beans are narrow green beans that are eaten as a vegetable. They grow on a tall climbing plant and are the cases that contain the seeds of the plant.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   usu pl  
in AM, use string beans     
French bread     
French bread is white bread which is baked in long, thin loaves.      n-uncount  
French Canadian        ( French Canadians    plural  ) , French-Canadian  
1       adj   French Canadian means belonging or relating to people who come from the part of Canada where French is spoken.  
2       n-count   French Canadians are Canadians whose native language is French.  
French door        ( French doors    plural  ) French doors are the same as French windows.      n-count   usu pl  
French dressing     
French dressing is a thin sauce made of oil, vinegar, salt, and spices which you put on salad.      n-uncount  
French fries     
French fries are long, thin pieces of potato fried in oil or fat.      n-plural  
French horn        ( French horns    plural  ) A French horn is a musical instrument of the brass family. It is shaped like a long metal tube with one wide end, wound round in a circle. You play the French horn by blowing into it and moving valves in order to obtain different notes.      n-var   oft the N   (=horn)  
French polish     
French polish is a type of varnish which is painted onto wood so that the wood has a hard shiny surface.      n-uncount  
French window        ( French windows    plural  ) French windows are a pair of glass doors which you go through into a garden or onto a balcony.      n-count   usu pl   (=French door)  

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id.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
n.
The French
[Slang];[Pej.];[UK]
n.
from Old French seurté "a promise, pledge, guarantee; assurance, confidence" (12c., Modern French sûreté)," from securus (see secure (adj.)).
v.
to decide to stop quarreling. enterrer la hache de guerre (in French)
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