Literal French phrases in English

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Can you name the French phrases used in English given their definitions and literal translations?

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MeaningPhraseLiteral translation
Social group considered disrespectableHalf-world
Elite fashion houses and fashionHigh sewing
A young person, especially female, employed by a foreign family in exchange for room and boardOn an equal footing
Clever remark or retort which occurs too late to be of useStaircase wit
Sudden and amazing event (especially love at first sight)Stroke of lightning
Expert or conversant (in or with something)To the fact/point
Residence for occasional or temporary useFoot on the ground
Composure; calmness of mindCold blood
Embarrassing blunder (especially a social one)False step
Street closed at one end; a blind alleyBottom of the bag
MeaningPhraseLiteral translation
Something or someone disliked or dreaded; a bane or bugbearBlack beast
Brief unpleasant experienceBad quarter of an hour
A quality that is inexpressible or indescribableI know not what
Private conversation between two peopleHead to head
An appetizer, usually served before the main mealOutside the work
A distinguished person in a particular field (said especially of master chefs)Blue ribbon
Unconditional authority or powerBlank paper
Pulped paper mixed with paste, etc., used for mouldingChewed paper
Required by etiquette, fashion, etc.Of strictness
Preparation of equipment and ingredients in a kitchen prior to cookingPutting in place

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