a

n. m.
1. Prouver par a+b: To prove by logical reasoning, with mathematical precision.
2. C'est l'abc du métier: It's one of the first things you learn.
3. De A jusqu'à Z: Through and through, thoroughly. (This expression is sometimes used in a jocular and ironic way describing a lax approach to a demanding task; it is worth noting that on a French typewriter A and Z are adjacent on the keyboard.)

Dictionary of Modern Colloquial French. 2013.

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