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

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