The Big Four

Poirot S13E02

With the world on the brink of the Second World War, there is more political turmoil when it appears that the famous Peace Party is in fact a cover for the war-mongering organisation Big Four. This complex investigation reunites Poirot with his old friend Japp, as they investigate a case marked by deception, disappearances and death.

sinsiter, far-fetched: unlikely and unconvincing; implausible. "the theory sounded bizarre and far-fetched"

sight for sore eyes, bigwigs,

prerogative: a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class. "owning an automobile was still the prerogative of the rich"

natter: talk casually, especially about unimportant matters; chatter. "they nattered away for hours"

larder: a room or large cupboard for storing food.

get the wind up (one): To make someone very anxious, upset, or frightened. If they keep putting pressure on you, we'll threaten them with legal action—that should get the wind up them!

ferret out: to find (something, such as information) by careful searching He's good at ferreting out the facts.

whole-hog: committed without reservation

bare-faced: shameless and undisguised. "a barefaced lie"

reciprocate: respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one. "the favor was reciprocated"

implore, contemptible, hear the end of

a flea in one's ear: a sharp reproof. "she expected to be sent away with a flea in her ear"

faint hearted: lacking courage; timid. "they were feeling faint-hearted at the prospect of war"

charade: an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance. "talk of unity was nothing more than a charade"

tramp, theatrical

Indeed, “No man is a hero to his valet” is listed in many sources simply as an old French or English proverb. The meaning of the proverb is that a servant (such as a valet) does not usually have the same grand, positive view other people may have of the servant's master or employer.


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