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

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