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A wind-up

How can I express in French that I wound someone up? I have tried various translation resources but they all list the other meaings of wind-up, winding up a clock, winding up a meeting etc but not yanking someones chain.

I am thinking perhaps along the lines of J'ai allumé la meche, j'ai versé petrôle sur le feu etc but is there a phrase for intentionally putting someones back up?

I did rather enjoy it though, the victim had it coming for a long time and it was yet another small but nonetheless important milestone for me in speaking French.


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Re: A wind-up

Je l'ai fait marcher

or je l'ai eu ?

 

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=612866

 

 


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Re: A wind-up

I like the first one.

Je l'ai eu I get but it reminds me of a long time ago when a French girlfriend told me in English that she had had one of my friends Sad [:(]


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Faire marcher quelqu'un is the most usual, but just thought of another,

Je l'ai emmené en bateau.

Edit: No, I think that should be mener quelqu'un en bateau "je l'ai mené en bateau".

I wonder if you can say both, it's late!   Big Smile [:D]

 


Animal Aid Saint Aubin

"Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal"

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Re: A wind-up

http://www.expressio.fr/expressions/mener-quelqu-un-en-bateau-monter-un-bateau-a-quelqu-un.php

An interesting site if you already know the phase, and want to check the meaning

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Re: A wind-up

Oui, je l'ai mené en bateau, je l'ai fait marcher ...    
Life has a habit of biting you on the bum in ways that you least expect.............



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My additions.....Je l'ai mene en barque........Je lui est monte une cabane........
Les voyages forment la jeunesse
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scrapped


Too thick for a PhD!
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