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mauvais pas

/ˈməʊvɛ ˈpɑː/
noun (pl) mauvais pas (-ˈpɑː; -ˈpɑːz)
(mountaineering) a place that presents a particular difficulty on a climb or walk
Word Origin
C19: from French: bad step
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  • If she had made a mauvais pas no one could retire from it with more dignity.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • By all the gods!if he had only known Who held him between life and death upon the mauvais pas!

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • This mauvais pas would not, perhaps, trouble younger cragsmen.

  • This, if I may use the metaphor, is the mauvais pas in the ascent of Parnassus: and here Daniel broke down.

    Adventures in Criticism

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • When at last you had them behind you, came le mauvais pas, which corresponded to its name.

  • On returning, we descended by a different path, which in many parts might well be termed a mauvais pas.

    Wintering in the Riviera William Miller

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