sight

sight
sight
A n
1 (faculty) vue f ; to have good/poor sight avoir une bonne/mauvaise vue ; her sight is failing elle perd la vue ;
2 (act of seeing) vue f ; at first sight à première vue ; at the sight of à la vue de [blood, uniform, luxury, injustice] ; at the sight of her en la voyant ; she felt misgivings at the sight en voyant cela, elle fut saisie d'un doute ; this was my first sight of c'était la première fois que je voyais ; to have sight of Jur voir [correspondence, will, document] ; to catch sight of sb/sth apercevoir qn/qch ; to lose sight of sb/sth lit, fig perdre qn/qch de vue ; we mustn't lose sight of the fact that fig nous ne devons pas perdre de vue que ; to know sb by sight connaître qn de vue ; to shoot sb on sight tirer à vue sur qn ; I took a dislike to him on sight je l'ai détesté dès que je l'ai vu ; I can't stand the sight of him! je ne peux pas le voir (en peinture)! ;
3 (range of vision) to be in sight [town, land, border] être en vue ; [peace, victory, freedom, new era] être proche ; the end/our goal is in sight! on approche de la fin/du but! ; there's no solution in sight on n'a pas encore trouvé de solution ; the war goes on with no end in sight la guerre continue sans aucun espoir de paix ; there wasn't a soldier/boat in sight il n'y avait pas un soldat/bateau en vue ; in the sight of God sout devant Dieu ; to come into sight apparaître ; to be out of sight (hidden) être caché ; (having moved) ne plus être visible ; to do sth out of sight of faire qch sans être vu par [observer, guard] ; to keep ou stay out of sight rester caché ; to keep sb/sth out of sight cacher qn/qch ; don't let her out of your sight! ne la quitte pas des yeux! ;
4 (thing seen) spectacle m ; a familiar/sorry sight un spectacle familier/triste ; a sight to behold un spectacle à voir ; it was not a pretty sight! iron ce n'était pas beau à voir! ;
5 (a shock to see) (place) porcherie f ; (person) you're a sight! tu n'es pas présentable! ; I look such a sight je ne suis pas présentable ; she looked a sight in that hat elle avait une de ces allures avec ce chapeau.
B sights npl
1 (places worth seeing) attractions fpl touristiques (of de) ; to see the sights visiter ; to show sb the sights faire visiter à qn ; the sights and sounds of a place l'ambiance d'un lieu ;
2 (on rifle, telescope) viseur m ;
3 fig to have sth in one's sights avoir qch dans la mire ; to have sb in one's sights avoir qn dans le collimateur ; to set one's sights on sth viser qch ; to set one's sights too high viser trop haut ; to raise/lower one's sights viser plus haut/plus bas ; to have one's sights firmly fixed on sth se fixer qch pour but.
C vtr apercevoir [land, plane, ship, rare bird] ; to sight a gun (aiming) viser ; (adjusting) régler le viseur de son fusil.
Idioms
a damned ou jolly GB sight better/harder beaucoup mieux/plus dur ; out of sight, out of mind Prov loin des yeux, loin du cœur Prov ; out of sight ! fantastique !

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