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    Smile a first class French row

    Hello. Would you please explain the underlined part?
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    -----Notes from A pocket Guide to France, prepared by the Information Branch of the Army Service Forces, US Army, 1944
    The French are individualists: stay out of local discussions, even if you have had French II in High School.
    In any French argument concerning internal French affairs, you will either be drowned out or find yourself involved in a first class French row.

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    Re: a first class French row

    You will either be unable to get your argument across because of the loudness of the opposing voices, or you will become involved in a violent argument.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: a first class French row

    The noun row in that sentence is different from the noun row in "I saw four ducks in a row." The former rhymes with now and means "argument, dispute"; the latter rhymes with no​ and means "line".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a first class French row

    To be drowned out means to have your voice lost in all the noise around you.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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