À la rigueur

French expressions analyzed and explained

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J'en prends 6 à la rigueur. Jean-Pierre Pieuchot / Getty Images

Expression: À la rigueur

Pronunciation: [ a la ree geur]

Meaning: or even, if need be, in a pinch, possibly

Register: normal

Notes

You can use the French expression à la rigueur when you're not quite sure of how much of something you need, or when talking about possibilities.

Examples

    Achète deux croissants... trois à la rigueur.

   Buy two croissants, or even three.

 

    Nous pouvons à la rigueur prendre l'autobus.

   We can take the bus if we have to, We might be able to take the bus.

Synonym: à la limite

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