avoir beau

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

avoir beau

  1. whatever/no matter what someone does/says, etc. (followed by an infinitive expressing the verb "do", "say", etc.)
    on a beau faire ― whatever you do; no matter what one does
    on a beau protester ― however much you protest
    il a eu beau essayer ― try as he might
    On a beau dire, il n'est pas bête. ― Say what you like, he's not stupid.