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un contretemps


Definition: hitch, mishap, slight complication; (music) off-beat rhythm

Nous voulions partir ce matin, mais il y a eu un contretemps - We wanted to leave this morning, but there was a slight complication

à contretemps - at a bad/inopportune moment

Il est arrivé à contretemps - He arrived at an inopportune moment

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Pronunciation: [ko(n) treu ta(n)]Audio Link
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