arty-farty


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arty-farty

or

artsy-fartsy

adj
informal artistic in a pretentious way
Translations

arty-farty

[ˈɑːtɪˈfɑːtɪ] artsy-fartsy (US) [ˈɑːtsɪˈfɑːtsɪ] ADJpretencioso, con pretensiones artísticas

arty-farty

[ˌɑːtɪˈfɑːtɪ] artsy-fartsy (British) adj (= pretentious) [person] → poseur/euse; [film] → prétentieux/euse
money wasted on elitist arty-farty groups → de l'argent gaspillé sur des groupes élitistes de poseurs
an artsy-fartsy pretentious film → un film prétentieux de style faussement artiste
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Maybe the problem is that we no longer have a large manufacturing base due, largely, to the lack of foresight and engineering knowledge of our mainly arty-farty politicians.
Some have even engaged special photographers to capture every "candid" moment for an extended arty-farty photo essay.
Lord Sugar is at his snappy best, issuing an insta-firing, proclaiming: "I'm not interested in all this Shoreditch, yuppie, arty-farty bollocks," and trashing the boys' wearable technology Christmas stalking jumper: "Even the shoplifters would bring it back.
At the GQ Men of the Year Awards, Tony Blair was named Philanthropist of the Year which says just one thing - the arty-farty mob running the mag have lost the plot.
It was, in fact, an arty-farty big city stage director who argued on a major arts programme that Big Cities outside London are the only place Big Theatre belongs when it ventures beyond Stratford and the South Bank.
So, SIRF - an arty-farty waste of money or a stunning original showcase for Stockton?
In a bid to protect its sodden chase track, Punchestown will today use its fences for only an arty-farty Grade 1 contest.
It's been done out very nicely - clean, simple table decorations, de rigeur chocolate-coloured banquettes, flowers on the tables, bright arty-farty stuff on the walls, a bit of exposed wood, a smattering of red tiling.
At school I was arty-farty, somewhat sensitive and prone to exorbitant longings and extravagant demands.
No, this week's George Tyndale award for the Brainless Wonder of the Week goes to the arty-farty toffs at the Tate for attempting to display a picture of the actress Brooke Shields as a 10 year-old girl.
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