j'adoube


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j'adoube

(ʒadub)
interj
(Chess & Draughts) chess an expression of an intention to touch a piece in order to adjust its placement rather than to make a move
[literally: I adjust]
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j'adoube

A French phrase meaning I adjust, used by a chess player who touches a piece only to adjust its position and not to make a move.
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