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French scale (F),

a scale for grading sizes of sounds, tubes, and catheters as based on a diameter of 0.33 mm equaling 1 F on the scale (for example, 3 F = 1 mm); grading to scale is carried out using a metal plate with holes ranging from 0.33 mm to 1 cm in diameter.
Synonym(s): Charrière scale


adjective (slang) Referring to oral sex.

verb (slang)
(1) To perform oral sex on someone.
(2) To give an open-mouth (i.e., “French”) kiss.
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10) Gerarde Magloire, "Haitian-ness, Frenchness and History," 42, 33.
Might there be a bias, a will to assert a national or at least local modernism, one more attentive not only to the individual but also to an essential Frenchness on par with the national identities of Germany, the USSR, or the Netherlands?
Plassat's Frenchness is considered one of his biggest assets.
Add to that its chic appeal and functionality - it impressively swallowed two cumbersome child seats and their occupants in the rear - and its typical Frenchness and you''ve a formula for success.
Certainly, Afro-US-American referents remain, but it conveys a singular discourse, rejecting mainstream Frenchness and creating a new identity based upon socioeconomic, ideological, historical bonds.
It's a nice read just for the Frenchness that rubs off as you turn the pages and learn that some schoolchildren in France are required to use fountain pens and are graded on the beauty of their handwriting; that professional women take classes to shed the chirpiness in their voices; and that seminars are offered on table settings and dining habits.
Sarkozy in action an observer can be forgiven for wondering if, despite the rhetoric, he actually likes the French; the trouble is that he tries too hard; his Frenchness is not innate and this is a disadvantage among such a proud and critical people, acutely conscious of their own dignity and that of France itself.
The spas served as +'agents for reaffirming Frenchness overseas" (p.
Our man from Meath can't get over the Frenchness of this beautiful city.
The nation's concept of integration, in which ethnic or religious differences are subsumed by Frenchness, is the ultimate argument for making the face visible.
Because abandoned Eurasian males did not meet French standards of masculinity, the colonial government and Eurasian protection societies sought to make "men" of them, Frenchness being equated with masculinity.
Sarkozy has defended the initiative as a Eoe1/4Y[pounds sterling]nobleEoe1/4ao exercise to define Frenchness but leading intellectuals such as the winner of this yearEoe1/4aos Goncourt literature prize, Marie Ndiaye, have branded it xenophobic and called for a boycott.