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

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