chalkboard. The meaning is broader in French: all types of board (chalkboard, whiteboard, notice board…). Refers also to a painting (see tableau vivant, below) or a table (chart).
literally “living picture,” the term describes a striking group of suitably costumed actors or artist’s models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit.
good; so much the better.
too bad; oh well, that’s tough; never mind; so much for that
“head to head”; an intimate get-together or private conversation between two people.
washing; clothes, apparel, costume; dressing table; the process of dressing or grooming. Also refers in French, when plural (“les toilettes”), to the toilet room.
tout à l’heure
in a moment, a moment ago
tout de suite
right away, immediately
tu connais la musique
you know something about the music; you know the routine
tell me something I don’t know
tu te rends compte ?
do you realize? can you imagine?
acknowledgment of an effective counterpoint; literally “touched” or “hit!” Comes from the fencing vocabulary.
tour de force
“feat of strength”: a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment.
tout de suite
lit. everything (else) following; “at once,” “immediately”
very good (feminine form). When used to describe a woman’s physical attributes, it’s vulgar in French.
photograph-like realism in painting; literally “trick the eye”
trou de loup
literally “wolf hole,” a kind of booby trap.