The vacuum cleaner noise was too much for any cat to bear. He gave up; il a baissé les pattes.
un chat d'intérieur: an indoor cat
un chat de maison: an ordinary house cat and not purebred
un chat de gouttière: an alley cat
un vacarme: a harsh noise, din
un boucan: a noisy racket
un aspirateur: a vacuum cleaner
une patte: a paw
J'abandonne! I give up! It's hopeless.
Je donne ma langue au chat. I give up (as in a guessing game); literally "I give my tongue to the cat."
Par pitié! For pity's sake!
De grâce! Please!
Il a baissé les bras: He gave up; literally he lowered his arms.
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