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

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