[concern] premier (-ière) after n
→ Political stability will be a prime concern.
[requirement] primordial (e)
→ Maths is no longer a prime requirement for a career in accountancy.
to be of prime importance être de première importance
→ What was said was of prime importance.
→ The child's safety is of prime importance.
(=main) principal (e)
→ Its prime audience lies in the 17 to 24 age group.
the prime suspect le principal suspect
→ The police will see me as the prime suspect.
[condition, quality] excellent (e)
→ keeping a car in prime condition
[site, location] de choix
→ It was one of the City's prime sites.
→ offices in a prime location
→ They bought the prime site for about $650,000.
→ Oxford Street and other prime locations
prime beef du bœuf premier choix
→ a piece of prime beef
a prime example of ... un exemple type de ...
→ These subsidies are a prime example of wasteful spending.
→ a prime example of 1970s urban planning
→ She is a prime example of what can happen if the problem is not recognised.
→ New York is a prime example of a city where crime strangles small-business development.
→ a prime example of how people can escape the poverty trap
→ Tom keeps a primed shotgun in his office.
→ Claire wished she'd primed Sarah beforehand.
→ Marianne had not known until Arnold primed her that she was to be the sole female.
to prime sb to do sth préparer qn à faire qch
→ I had primed her to answer their questions simply and accurately.
to be primed to do sth être préparé (e) à faire qch
→ The White House press corps has been primed to defend the president's position.
→ I'm pretty much primed to believe anything bad about her.
n in one's prime au mieux de sa forme → I had been a good player in my prime. to be in one's prime être dans la fleur de l'âge → He died tragically when he was in his prime. → She was in her intellectual prime. in the prime of life dans la fleur de l'âge → young people in the prime of life to be past one's prime ne plus être au mieux de sa forme → We've had a series of athletes trying to come back well past their prime.
deputy prime minister
n vice-Premier ministre mf
prime minister , Prime Minister
n Premier ministre m/f
→ The Prime Minister is holding talks with the president of the US.
→ ... the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Miss Benazir Bhutto ...
→ This had been a disastrous week for Prime Minister Major.
(=person) instigateur (-trice) m/f
→ He was the prime mover behind the coup ...
to be the prime mover in sth être l'instigateur (-trice) m/f de qch
→ He has been named as the prime mover in the conspiracy to murder Carroll.
n nombre m premier
n taux m préférentiel
→ At least one bank cut its prime rate today.
n (on TV, radio)
prime time m , heures fpl de grande écoute, heure f de grande écoute
[programme, public] de prime time