Contre Expressions

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French expressions with contre
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The French preposition contre, “against,” is found in many idiomatic expressions, including into the wind, to swap, and pros and cons. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring contre.

Contre translations

  • against
  • contrary to
  • counter to
  • in exchange for
  • into
  • versus

Contre expressions

contre-haut   above
contre le courant   against the current
contre le gré de quelqu’un   against someone’s will
un contre-la-montre   time trial
contre toute apparence   against all expectations
contre toute évidence   against all the evidence
contre vents et marées   against all odds, despite obstacles, come hell or high water
à contre-courant   upstream, against the current/tide
à contre-jour   backlit
à contre-pied   on the wrong foot
à contre-poil   the wrong way
un acte contre nature   unnatural act
assurance contre ___   ___ insurance
un attentant contre   an attack on
c’est contre mes principes   it goes against my principles
une course contre la montre   time trial
envers et contre tout   despite all opposition
une épreuve contre la montre   time trial
(la) face contre terre   facedown
par contre   whereas, on the other hand
pare-chocs contre pare-chocs   bumper to bumper
pour et contre   for and against
le pour et le contre   pros and cons
__ voix contre __   __ votes to __
aller à contre-courant   to go against the tide
aller contre le courant   to go against the tide
aller à contre-courant de l’opinion (publique)   to go against public opinion
avoir une dent contre quelqu’un   to have a grudge against someone
garder une dent contre quelqu’un   to hold a grudge against someone
ne rien avoir contre (cela)   to have nothing against (it)
ne rien avoir là contre   to have nothing against it

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