French translation of 'nerve'
1. (in body) nerf m
The nerves in his arm had been damaged. Les nerfs de son bras droit avaient été endommagés.
to touch a raw nerve (figurative) toucher un point sensible
2. (= bravery)
to lose one’s nerve
He lost his nerve and fled. Le cœur lui manqua et il s’enfuit.
to restore sb’s nerve redonner du cœur à qn ⧫ redonner du cœur au ventre à qn
The brandy restored his nerve. Le cognac lui redonna du cœur au ventre. ⧫ Le cognac lui redonna du cœur.
to keep one’s nerve (= stay calm) garder son sang-froid
to have the nerve to do sth avoir le cran de faire qch
Nobody had the nerve to mention this. Personne n’a eu le cran de mentionner le fait.
it takes nerve to ... cela demande du cran de ...
It takes nerve to do what you did. Cela demande du cran de faire ce que tu as fait.
3. (= cheek) toupet m
to have a nerve avoir du toupet
He’s got a nerve! Il a du toupet !
what a nerve! quel toupet !
to have the nerve to do sth avoir le toupet de faire qch
She had the nerve to ask me for more money. Elle a eu le toupet de me demander plus d’argent.
He had the nerve to ask me to prove who I was. Il a eu le toupet de me demander de prouver qui j’étais.
to have a nerve doing sth avoir du toupet de faire qch
nerves plural noun
(= nervousness) trac m
I don’t suffer from nerves. Je ne suis pas sujet au trac.
to have a fit of nerves avoir le trac
to calm one’s nerves se calmer les nerfs
Hoping to calm our nerves, we decided to spend the afternoon at the lake. Dans l’espoir de nous calmer les nerfs, nous décidâmes de passer l’après-midi au lac.
to get on sb’s nerves (= irritate) taper sur les nerfs à qn
She sometimes gets on my nerves. Parfois, elle me tape sur les nerfs.
(= mental toughness) nerfs mpl
His nerves will not stand much more of this. Ses nerfs vont finir par lâcher si cela continue.
to have strong nerves avoir les nerfs solides
Her authority was based on inner calm and strong nerves. Son autorité était fondée sur le calme intérieur et la solidité des nerfs. ⧫ Son autorité était fondée sur un calme intérieur et des nerfs solides.
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Example Sentences Including 'nerve'
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After three bad years, that would require nerves of steel.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
It has clearly touched a financial nerve.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This is the unlikely nerve centre of the company's push into military training.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
And you have the cool nerves and ability to recall facts that helps you to perform well in tests.The Sun (2016)
He is possessed of courage and nerve.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
It can also damage nerves in the face, which can lead to blindness.The Sun (2015)
So it will need nerves of steel to bet on a record for the year.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
You have nerves running from the brain to the spinal cord and another nerve that goes to the muscle.The Sun (2012)
The smoke and shouting were enough to shake nerves of steel.The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
Hits it miles, has nerves of steel and is blessed with that they call in football a good touch for a big fella.The Sun (2016)
Supporting either of these teams this season must strain both nerves and intelligence.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The anxiety and nerves from the fans, does that become part of it?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The fans' nerves transmitted to the players.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They feel it's just a nerve thing and that it should be banned.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We wanted the nerves and the pain.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
These have not shown that any patch of the wall is especially well supplied with nerve endings.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
As the disease cut off the nerves linking her brain to her muscles she struggled to breathe and had to have a ventilator inserted in her throat.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
In healthy people the brain sends these messages to the limbs through nerves in the spinal cord.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It's all down to anxiety and nerves.The Sun (2011)
Other parents came up afterwards to compliment her nerve and ability.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The numb feeling is caused by damage to your spinal cord and nerves.The Sun (2016)
The synthetic alcohol works on the nerves in the brain that make people feel relaxed.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
They then use his own optic nerves to transmit messages to the brain.The Sun (2009)
That really touched a nerve in me.Christianity Today (2000)
This led to continued research into nerve gases as potential pesticides.The Residue Report - an action plan for safer food (1988)
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'nerve' in Other Languages
British English: nerve /nɜːv/ NOUN
in body Nerves are long thin fibres that transmit messages between your brain and other parts of your body.
...pain from a damaged nerve.
- American English: nerve to/from brain
- Arabic: عَصَبٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: nervo
- Chinese: 神经
- Croatian: živac
- Czech: nerv
- Danish: nerve
- Dutch: zenuw van/naar hersenen
- European Spanish: nervio
- Finnish: hermo
- French: nerf
- German: Nerv
- Greek: νεύρο
- Italian: nervo
- Japanese: 神経
- Korean: 신경
- Norwegian: nerve
- Polish: nerw
- European Portuguese: nervo
- Romanian: nerv
- Russian: нерв
- Spanish: nervio
- Swedish: nerv
- Thai: เส้นประสาท
- Turkish: sinir anatomi
- Ukrainian: нерв
- Vietnamese: dây thần kinh
British English: nerve /nɜːv/ NOUN
courage Nerve is the courage you need to do something difficult or dangerous.
I don't have the nerve to talk to him.
- American English: nerve boldness
- Arabic: جُرْأَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: ousadia
- Chinese: 胆量
- Croatian: drskost
- Czech: odvaha
- Danish: mod
- Dutch: lef
- European Spanish: frescura
- Finnish: rohkeus
- French: courage
- German: Unverfrorenheit
- Greek: τόλμη
- Italian: sfacciataggine
- Japanese: ずぶとさ boldness
- Korean: 용기
- Norwegian: ureddhet
- Polish: pewność siebie
- European Portuguese: ousadia
- Romanian: curaj
- Russian: смелость
- Spanish: valor
- Swedish: mod
- Thai: ความกล้าหาญ
- Turkish: cüret
- Ukrainian: хоробрість
- Vietnamese: khí phách
Translation of nerve from the Collins English to French Dictionary