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idée fixe

[ee-dey feeks] /i deɪ ˈfiks/
noun, plural idées fixes
[ee-dey feeks] /i deɪ ˈfiks/ (Show IPA).
French.
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Examples from the Web for idee fixe
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  • Happy lily, never to be saddled with an idee fixe, never to be in the grip of a monomania for happiness or love or fulfilment.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Darrell thus put into Lady Adela's head, he remained there, and became an idee fixe.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Germans are the 'idee fixe', and without an 'idee fixe', as you know, there's no such thing as religion.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for idee fixe

idée fixe

/ide fiks/
noun (pl) idées fixes (ide fiks)
1.
a fixed idea; obsession
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idee fixe in Medicine

idée fixe i·dée fixe (ē-dā fēks')
n. pl. i·dées fixes (ē-dā fēks')
A fixed idea; an obsession.

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