(=deed) action f
→ He could not be held responsible for his actions.
→ Their every action was recorded.
He had a reason for his actions. Il avait une bonne raison pour ses actions.
actions speak louder than words les actes sont plus éloquents que les paroles
(=steps, measures) mesures fpl
→ What we need is action, not more meetings.
We need government action to prevent these crimes. Nous avons besoin de mesures du gouvernement pour prévenir ces crimes.
to take action agir, prendre des mesures
→ We must take action now.
→ Consider the consequences carefully before you take any action.
→ The government is taking emergency action to deal with the crisis.
to take firm action against sb/sth prendre des mesures énergiques contre qn/qch
→ He promised he will restore the rule of law and take firm action against violence.
to put sth into action mettre qch en pratique
→ The British Medical Association welcomed the recommendations but said the departments of health and work and pensions must now put them into action.
→ They learned the theories of business management, and are now putting them into action.
to put a plan into action mettre un projet à exécution
→ In the cool days of early June, Agnes decided to put her plan into action. Now was the time.
(=excitement, things going on) action f
The film was full of action. Il y avait beaucoup d'action dans le film.
the action l'action
→ You've just missed all the action.
This is where all the action is. C'est là qu'est toute l'action.
to want a piece of the action, to want a slice of the action, to want some of the action vouloir en être, vouloir être de la partie
→ He wants some of the action.
(MILITARY) combats mpl , combat m
→ He saw a lot of action in the Sudan.
military action action f militaire
→ The government has backed the idea of military action.
killed in action mort (e) au combat, tué (e) au champ d'honneur
missing in action disparu (e)
wounded in action blessé (e) au combat
→ 13 soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in action.
out of action
[machine] hors d'usage
→ I'm afraid the photocopier is out of action.
→ They were trapped after the lifts went out of action.
→ All three tanks were very quickly put out of action.
[person] hors de combat
→ I was out of action with a sprained ankle.
→ He's been out of action for 16 months.
(LAW) procès m , action f en justice → a libel action → Two leading law firms are to prepare legal actions against tobacco companies. to bring an action against sb poursuivre qn en justice, intenter un procès contre qn
n comité m d'action
→ They set up a neighbourhood-based women's action committee to monitor their environment and press for improvements.
n groupe m d'action
→ The Child Poverty Action Group
→ Mr Vaz set up an action group to promote trade between the UK and Romania.
n (in film)
acteur m dans des films d'action
→ Bruce Willis's career as an action hero
→ He was suited to the role of hardman action hero.
n (fig) aventurier m
→ Taylor gave up work to recover from the accident - and then became an extreme sports action man
→ He looked forward to being an action man instead of an adviser.
n film m d'action
→ an action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
[film] plein (e) d'action
action plan , plan of action
n plan m d'action
→ a Scottish Executive action plan to tackle the problem of poor nutrition
→ an action plan for equality in the Armed Forces
→ a UN plan of action for Cambodia
→ He met his club chairmen yesterday to decide on a plan of action to avert a players' strike.
→ Put your worries on paper and make a plan of action.
n (British) ralenti m
(=scene in film) scène f d'action
(=photograph) photo m de mouvement
npl postes mpl de combat
affirmative action (US)
(=positive discrimination) discrimination f positive
n (LAW) recours m collectif en justice
n action f locale
→ Poor housing became a focus for community action.
course of action
n ligne f de conduite
→ this would be the best course of action
→ We have decided on this course of action for one reason alone
→ ... pondering the pros and cons before opting for a particular course of action
(=legal action) procès m
→ ... the threat of court action against a financial advisor who sold you an underachieving endowment policy.
delayed action , delayed-action
[bomb, fuse, parachute] à retardement
→ For all we know, there may be delayed action bombs in the dam.
→ ... a type of delayed action parachute.
n action f directe
→ Only with mass direct action will we obtain such change.
to take disciplinary action against sb prendre des mesures disciplinaires à l'encontre de qn
action f revendicative
to vote for industrial action voter en faveur d'une action revendicative
→ The union voted for industrial action.
to take industrial action passer à l'action revendicative
→ Prison officers will decide next week whether to take industrial action over staffing levels.
[bottle, dispenser] à pompe
n (MILITARY) combat m d'arrière-garde
to fight a rearguard action (MILITARY) mener un combat d'arrière-garde
(fig) mener un combat d'arrière-garde