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contre vents et marées

The French expression “contre vents et marées” translates literally to “against winds and tides”.

English meanings:

  • against all odds
  • come hell or high water
  • through thick and thin
  • despite setbacks, despite everything

French meanings:

  • malgré tous les obstaclesdespite all the obstacles

Example sentence:

  • Contre vents et marées, David a enfin trouve un bon appartement. Against all odds, David finally found a good apartment.


  • envers et contre tout – Lit: through and against everything
  • d’une manière ou d’une autre somehow or another

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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