French

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Etymology

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Literally, to lower one's arms. Compare Russian опуска́ть ру́ки (opuskátʹ rúki).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /bɛ.se le bʁa/, /bɛ.se le bʁɑ/, /be.se le bʁa/, /be.se le bʁɑ/
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Verb

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baisser les bras

  1. (figuratively) to give up; to stop trying
    • Alors je prends l'instant qui passe
    • Et prends le temps de le voir qui trace
    • Sans jamais baisser les bras
    • Jamais baisser les bras (lyrics from Tom Frager, Give Me That Love)

Usage notes

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Chiefly used in negative constructions such as ne baissez pas les bras (don't give up).

Conjugation

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