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.


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

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