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May 14, 2015 10:33 am Published by Comments Off on 5 more French idioms explained and translated.

Since you enjoyed reading our last post about French idioms as much as we enjoyed writing it, we thought we’d give you a few more!


The idiom : Avoir la patate / Avoir la frite

Literal translation: To have the spud / To have the French fry

French idiom avoir la frite

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What it means: When someone “has the spud” or “the French fry”, they are full of energy and they feel in great shape. It can also imply that they are in a great mood.


The idiom: Devenir chèvre

Literal translation: To become goat.

What it means: This French idiom means to go crazy or to go nuts, but in a rather funny and jolly way.


The idiom: Aller se faire cuire un œuf

Literal translation: To go and cook oneself an egg

What it means: If a French person tells you “Va te faire cuire un œuf !“, then they are probably annoyed at you, don’t want to agree to what you have asked from them, and they are actually asking you to leave them alone.


The idiom : Quand les poules auront des dents.

Literal translation: When hens have teeth.

What it means: As hens are very unlikely to ever have teeth, this expression means “never”. The meaning is closer to the English expression “when pigs fly” rather than the otherwise very similar “as common as hen’s teeth”.


The idiom: Faire tout un fromage

Literal translation: To make a whole cheese about something

French idiom en faire un fromage

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What it means: This expression is used if someone really makes a fuss about something. An English equivalent would be to “kick up a huge fuss about something” or “to make a mountain out of a molehill”. 


We hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the French language and idioms. Let us know if we forgot your favourite expression!

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