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deux poids deux mesures

The French expression “deux poids deux mesures” translates literally to “two weights, two measures”. English meanings include the following:

  • (to have a) double standard

A French meaning according to is “to judge the same thing differently according to people, circumstances and interests”.

Here’s an example sentence:

  • Le tribunal a jugé un homme blanc et un homme noir différemment et pourtant ils ont commit le même crime. Ils ont vraiment deux poids, deux mesures. The court judged a white man and a black man differently, yet they committed the same crime. They really have a double standard.

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