French France

il pleut des cordes

Idiom USED Frequently BY Everyone

(it's raining ropes) • Used to describe heavy rainfall.

"Oh non, il pleut des cordes et je dois rentrer à pied !"

"Oh no, it's raining ropes and I have to go back home on foot!"

Confirmed by 4 people


French French speaking countries

Défonce tout !

Expression USED Very frequently BY Young adults and adults

(Destroy everything!) • Used to wish good luck to someone, for instance for a job interview or an important exam.

"Vas-y, tu vas tout défoncer à ton contrôle !"

"Go ahead, you'll destroy everything for your test!"

Confirmed by 3 people

French France

s'envoyer en l'air

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to send oneself to the air) • To have sex, to get laid.

"Mon voisin passe son temps à s'envoyer en l'air, et il n'est pas discret."

"My neighbour spends his time sending himself to the air, and he is not discreet."

Confirmed by 8 people

French French speaking countries

Ce n’est pas de la tarte

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(It's not a tart) • Used to say that something is not easy to do.

"Ce n’est pas de la tarte ce jeu!"

"This game is not easy!"

Confirmed by 7 people


French France


Word USED Frequently BY youngsters and former teens

(adj.) • (heavy) • Cool or awesome. Can be used alone to succinctly express approval.

"Je me suis acheté une nouvelle paire de pompes, elles sont confortables et stylées." "Lourd."

"I just bought a new pair of shoes, they're comfy and classy." "Cool."

Confirmed by 4 people



French French speaking countries

avoir les boules

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(to have the balls) • Used to say you're pissed off.

"J'ai vraiment les boules qu'il m'ai menti!"

"I'm really pissed that he lied to me."

Confirmed by 6 people



French French speaking countries


Slang USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) • Job or work.

"Tu as fait du bon boulot!"

"You did a good job!"

Confirmed by 2 people

French France


Slang USED Frequently BY Parents, children

(n.) • A cute name used by children or their parents to refer to a slight physical injury (scratch, cut, etc.).

"Je me suis fait un bobo au genou."

"I got a bobo on my knee."

Confirmed by 9 people

French French speaking countries


Interjection USED Frequently BY Young People

(interj.) • Used to greet a friend or to draw attention.

"Wesh les potos. Bien ou bien ?"

"Hey guys. How ya doing?"

Confirmed by 3 people


French France

être rond comme une queue de pelle

Expression USED Frequently BY People Over 40

(round as the end of the shovel) • Used to say that someone is drunk.

"Maurice et Thierry ont passé la journée à boire avec Hervé. Ils sont ronds comme des queues de pelle."

"Maurice and Thierry spent the day drinking with Hervé. They're as round as the end of a shovel."

French French speaking countries

péter plus haut que son cul

Slang USED Frequently BY Mostly everyone

(to fart higher than your ass) • Used to refer to someone getting above themself, acting like they’re smarter than they are.

"Je suis contente qu’il ait reçu sa promotion, mais ce n’est pas une raison pour péter plus haut que son cul pendant les réunions."

"I’m happy that he got his promotion, but it’s not a reason for him to fart higher than his ass during meetings."


French France


Acronym USED Frequently BY Teens, young adults

Short for "fils de pute", literally "son of a bitch". It is most often used as an insult, but sometimes, young adults can use it at the end of a sentence, when they are annoyed and want to exaggerate. It's mainly used when texting, but you can also hear it spoken. Caution: "fdp" is also a short for "frais de port" (shipping costs).

"Rends-moi mon argent fdp."

"Give me back my money you son of a bitch."

Confirmed by 5 people

French Wallonia, Belgium

il n'y a pas un chat

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(there isn't a cat) • The place is so empty there's no one there, not even a cat.

"J'ai été visiter un village fantôme, il n'y avait pas un chat!"

"I visited a ghost town, there wasn't even a cat!"

Confirmed by 2 people


French Various countries

ménage à trois

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(household of three) • A romantic or sexual relationship involving three people; threesome.

"Il pense au ménage à trois."

"He's thinking about a household of three."

Confirmed by 14 people

French France


Word USED On Occasion BY Most People

(adj.) • Tipsy.

"Faites pas attention, je suis pompette."

"Don't mind me, I'm a little bit tipsy."



French France

bec et ongles

Expression USED In the past BY Novel authors

(beak and nails) • It's used to describe a fierce behaviour, specifically when defending someone's belongings or loved ones, like a mother bird would do for her younglings.

"La vieille dame se fit houspiller de part et d'autre au milieu de la foule pour ses propos. Elle se défendit bec et ongles et avait un contre-argument pour chacun des hurlements qui lui étaient proférés."

"The old lady was being harassed from all sides in the middle of the crowd for what she said. She defended tooth and nail and had a counter-argument for anything one yelled at her."

French | Verlan France


Slang USED Very frequently BY Young People

(n.) • Girl or woman. From the verlan 'femme'.

"On a passé une soirée entre meufs."

"We had a girls night."

French France

mitonner un plat

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(v.) • To cook a dish slowly and with a lot of love. It conveys the idea that you care about what you are cooking and the people who will eat it.

"Je vais vous mitonner un petit plat, vous m'en direz des nouvelles."

"I'm going to make a meal for you and I bet you'll like it."

Confirmed by 12 people


French France


Abbreviation USED Very frequently BY Mostly young people

(don't worry about it) • Short for "t'inquiète", which is short for "ne t'inquiète pas", meaning "don't worry about it".

"Il y aura assez à boire pour ce soir?" "Tkt j'ai tout ce qui faut."

"Will there be enough drinks for tonight?" "Tkt, I got it covered."

Confirmed by 14 people


French Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France


Slang USED On Occasion BY Young people

(n.) • Means guy or dude. It comes from a Romany word meaning penis, so it can be a bit offensive. You wouldn't call an older person this to his face.

"Il n'y a pas un pélo dans ce magasin !" "Normal, on est dimanche."

"There is not a soul in this shop!" "Obviously, it's Sunday."

Confirmed by 9 people