French France

péter plus haut que son cul

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to fart higher than one's arse) • To be conceited.

Les étrangers disent souvent que les Français pètent plus haut que leur cul.

Foreigners often say that French people fart higher than their arse.

French France

passer l'arme à gauche

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to pass the weapon to the left) • To die.

"Elle a passé l'arme à gauche."

"She passed the weapon to the left."

French France

passez l'arme à gauche

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to pass the weapon to the left) • To Die.

Elle a passé l'arme à gauche.

She passed the weapon to the left.

French France

je m'en bats les couilles

Expression USED Very frequently BY French people

(I beat my testicles with it) • I don't care.

"As-tu vu le nouveau film des Avengers?" "Franchement, je m'en bats les couilles!"

"Did you see the new Avengers movie?" "Frankly, I beat my testicles with it!"

French France

tout ça pour ça

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(all of this for this) • Used when you have put much effort into something and are disappointed of the outcome.

"J'ai révisé toute la semaine pour cet examen et je n'ai eu que 8 !" "Tout ça pour ça !"

"I studied the whole week for this exam and I only got an 8!" "All of this for this!"

Confirmed by 2 people

French France

C'est comme pisser dans un violon.

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(It's like pissing in a violin.) • Used to describe something useless and ineffective, or to complain about not being listened to after asking somebody to do something. Pissing in a violin is ineffective, it won't make a sound.

"Quand je demande à ma fille de ranger ma chambre, c'est comme pisser dans un violon !"

"When I ask my daughter to clean her room, it's like pissing in a violin!"

Confirmed by 2 people

French France

schlass

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(adj.) • A word originated from German and used by some French speakers, used when someone has reached a level of great fatigue or exhaustion.

"Quelle journée !" "Ouais, je suis complètement schlass."

"What a day!" "Yeah, I'm completely schlass."

French France

Pétaouchnok

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) • Used to talk about a far away and/or unknown place.

"Il est parti à Pétaouchnok."

"He went to Pétaouchnok."

Confirmed by 2 people

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French France

passer comme une lettre à la poste

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some

(to fit like a letter in the letterbox) • Used to describe a situation where everything goes smoothly or as planned. To go off without a hitch.

"J'ai été obligé d'expliquer pourquoi je n'étais pas en classe hier." "Et ?" "Mon histoire est passée comme une lettre à la poste"

"I had to explain why I did not attend class yesterday" "And?" "My story fit like a letter in the letterbox"

Confirmed by 2 people

French France

Ça rentre comme papa dans maman.

Expression USED Frequently BY Young and middle-aged people

(It fits like daddy in mommy.) • To fit like a glove.

"- T'as pu rentrer la voiture dans le garage ? - Ouais, elle est rentrée comme papa dans maman."

"- Did the car fit in the garage? - Yeah, it fits like daddy in mommy."

Confirmed by 2 people

French France

avoir une araignée au plafond

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Everyone

(to have a spider on the ceiling) • Describes someone who is not the brightest or someone crazy. If a spider has the space to make a net inside your head, it is not a good sign, as the spider lives in a room that is not used a lot.

"N'écoute pas ce mec, il a une araignée au plafond." "Ton pote est un peu bizarre, il doit avoir une araignée au plafond."

"Don't listen to this guy, he has a spider on the ceiling." "Your mate is a bit weird, he must have a spider on the ceiling."

Confirmed by 2 people

French France

Bien vu, l'aveugle!

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Anyone

(Well seen, the blind!) • This is something you may say to someone who just discovered something obvious. This is obviously a pun, and "bien vu" actually translates to "well spotted", "good catch".

"T'as déjà remarqué que presque tous les salons de coiffures ont un jeu de mot dans leur nom ?" "Bien vu, l'aveugle !"

"Have you ever noticed that almost every hairdressing salon has a pun in its name?" "Well seen, the blind!"

Confirmed by 5 people

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French France

avoir le QI d'une huître

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(to have the IQ of an oyster ) • Used to say that someone is really stupid, that someone has no brain.

"Elle est vraiment débile, elle a le QI d'une huître !"

"She's so dumb, she has the IQ of an oyster !"

Confirmed by 7 people

French France

être dans la sauce

Slang USED On Occasion BY Mostly used by young people

(to be in the sauce) • You can use this expression to say that you are in trouble.

"Il n’aurait pas dû dire ça, il va être dans la sauce."

"He should not have said that, he is gonna be in the sauce."

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French France

s'ennuyer comme un rat mort

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to be bored like a dead rat) • It is used to express extreme boredom.

"Il n'y a rien à faire ici." "Ouais, je m'ennuie comme un rat mort."

"There's nothing to do here." "Yeah, I'm bored to death."

Confirmed by 8 people

French France

aimable comme une porte de prison

Expression USED Frequently BY Adults/old people

(as friendly as a prison's door) • Used to describe someone being rude or cold.

"Il ne m'a pas adressé un seul sourire du séjour, il est aimable comme une porte de prison."

"He didn't smile at me the whole trip, he is as friendly as a prison's door."

Confirmed by 10 people

French France

balles

Name USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • Slang term for euros. Very old slang word (19th) that used to designate a Franc. The term suffered a decline in use after the changeover to the euro before being used frequently again.

"T’as pas dix balles ?"

"Do you have ten euros ?"

Confirmed by 9 people

French France

Jules

Name USED Frequently BY Adults

A masculine name which can be used to designate a boyfriend.

"Julien, c'est ton Jules?"

"Is Julian your Jules?"

Confirmed by 8 people

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French France

Jacky

Name USED On Occasion BY Young People

It is a name used to refer to a stereotypical man, who is in love with his car and practices car tuning. Other characteritics would be wearing a mulet, watching football (and Pimp My Ride), drinking a lot of beer, calling his wife "mum", etc.

"Un mec qui pose à côté de sa voiture sur sa photo de profil, c'est clairement un jacky!"

"A guy posing next to his car on his profile pic is clearly a jacky!"

Confirmed by 4 people

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French | Creole Reunion Island, France

zoreille

Expression USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) • (ears) • In Reunion Island, France, a tourist (usually from the continent) is called a "zoreille", which is Reunion Creole for "oreilles" (ears), because tourists tend to put their hand to their ear to mean they don't understand the Creole language.

"C'est les vacances, il y à des zoreilles partout sur l'île."

"Here come the holidays, zoreilles are everywhere on the island."

Confirmed by 3 people