Search: hors d'oeuvres
Why: I told Chandler (re: some old married screenwriters) we should "coup them hors de l'eau." Hors means "out."
Answer: "Outside of the main meal"! Because oeuvres means "meal." But also, oeuvre means "work," so maybe you could call them "out of works" if you feel like it.
Source: Common Errors in English Usage, Google Translate
The More You Know: Maybe play the sound at the bottom of this page to hear the correct pronunciation of hors-d'œuvre. Most beautiful language in the world my ass.