avoir beau

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avoir beau

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