point d'appui


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point d'appui

(pwɛ̃ dapwi)
n, pl points d'appui (pwɛ̃ dapwi)
1. a support or prop
2. (Military) (formerly) the base or rallying point for a military unit
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Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time.
Benkhalfa a souligne, a cette occasion, les efforts deployes ces dernieres annees par le secteur bancaire en termes d'organisation et de modernisation, tout en insistant sur [beaucoup moins que] le role de l'agence comme point d'appui pour l'emergence d'une banque moderne en mettant a leur disposition une gamme variee de produits financiers adaptes aux besoins a la fois de l'entreprise et des menages [beaucoup plus grand que], note le communique.
Marouane Chamakh (Maroc) : Pauvre Laurent Blanc, oblige de chercher son point d'appui en attaque a Paris alors qu'il a construit l'essentiel de sa courte carriere d'entraEneur sur le jeu de tete de Marouane.