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i·dée fixe

 (ē-dā fēks′)
n. pl. i·dées fixes (ē-dā fēks′)
A fixed idea; an obsession.

[French : idée, idea + fixe, fixed.]
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idée fixe

(ide fiks)
n, pl idées fixes (ide fiks)
a fixed idea; obsession
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idée fixe

A French phrase meaning fixed idea, used to mean an obsession.
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idée fixe

(French)
noun obsession, thing (informal), preoccupation, fixation, fixed idea, monomania, hobbyhorse, bee in your bonnet It is an idée fixe of mine that women work in a more concentrated way.
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Translations

idée fixe

[ˈiːdeɪˈfiːks] Nidea f fija
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idée fixe

n pl <idées fixes> → fixe Idee
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i·dée fixe

n., Fr. idea fija.
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References in classic literature ?
A man who had read deeply about Napoleon, or who had possibly received some hereditary family injury through the great war, might conceivably form such an IDEE FIXE and under its influence be capable of any fantastic outrage."
"That won't do, my dear Watson," said Holmes, shaking his head, "for no amount of IDEE FIXE would enable your interesting monomaniac to find out where these busts were situated."
At twenty-five she had an idee fixe. What hope was there for her as an old woman?
And there, between three and five feet off the ground, snagged in the bark, he spotted the tuft of hair and piece of skin he hoped would bring him one step closer to his idee fixe, the sasquatch itself, a towering hominid of North American lore.
But only if lawmakers and other politicians look beyond the vested need to kowtow to a jaundiced presidential idee fixe, and buckle down instead to giving their juvenile constituents the Bahay Pag-asa they deserve under the law.
Throughout the book Jefferson comes off as the political operative with an axe to grind, manipulating others in his cohort in pursuit of the idee fixe and his own self-importance.
Or is it present-day society's idee fixe that war is bad both in itself and for the soul of those who participate in it, so that over enough time anybody who does so must break down?
Next we'll see yet another useless Washington "summit" on yet another Obama idee fixe: eliminating nuclear materials.
The overthrow of Bashar al-Assad has become an idee fixe for Riyadh, prompting the Persian Gulf monarchy to throw money to arm anti-Assad Sunni extremists.
Taheri notes in his article on the book: "Khamenei distinguishes his idee fixe about destroying Israel from European anti-Semitism.
The woman is represented by a musical idea that Berlioz named idee fixe. It is similar to the concept in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf,'' where a tune is given to each character in the story.