gibier de potence

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gibier (game bird) +‎ de (of) +‎ potence (gallows). Literally “gallows game (bird)”, similar construction to gallows bird.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʒi.bje d(ə) pɔ.tɑ̃s/
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Noun[edit]

gibier de potence m (plural gibiers de potence)

  1. a gallows bird (someone destined for or deserving punishment by hanging)
    • Pourrais-je aimer un lâche, un homme sans foi, sans honneur, un gibier de potence ?
      Could I love a coward, a man without faith, without honor, a gallows bird?

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