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ne pas mener en large

“Ne pas mener en large” is a French expression that translates literally to “not do something in a big way”. The expression has the following meanings:

  • to feel small
  • to be scared stiff
  • to not be overconfident
  • to lack self-assurance
  • to lack assertiveness

French-to-French definitions include the following:

  • Ne pas être rassuré to not be reassured
  • être embarrassé par une situation to be bothered by a situation

Here’s an example sentence:

  • Faire des discours peut être tres éprouvant pour les nerfs. Dans ces circonstances, on n’en mène pas large. Giving speeches can be very nerve-racking. In these circumstances one is scared stiff.

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