raccroc

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NounEdit

raccroc m (uncountable)

  1. (formal) chance, fluke (random occurrence, luck)
    Synonym: hasard
    • 1957, André Martinet, "Arbirtraire linguistique et double articulation", Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure 15: 105–16:
      Toutes les langues connues utilisent des signes combinables et un système phonologique. Mais il y en a, comme le français, qui, pourrait-on presque dire, n'utilisent les latitudes prosodiques que par superfétation ou par raccroc.
      All known languages use combinable signs and a phonological system. But there are some, like French, that could be said to use the full prosodic scope only superfluously or by chance.

Usage notesEdit

Usually occurs in the phrase par raccroc (by chance).

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