Faire la grasse matinée

What a luxury to pull a fluffy pillow over your ears while the birds break the silence of the night at the first light of day!  Faire la grasse matinée is one of the true...
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Un Papa Gâteau

Here is a legitimate question to ask on Father's day: is Dad un Papa Gâteau?Literally translated as, “cake daddy,” a Papa Gâteau is a doting father, one who’s affectionate and...
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La fin des haricots

Literally translated as the end of the beans, la fin des haricots usually comes with a sigh and a desperate look on the speaker's face.   It means that the situation is...
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Un Violon D'Ingres

Un violon d'Ingres (silent s) is not to be confused with "un violon dingue"  (a crazy violin) - although you could potentially have un violon d'Ingres dingue - a crazy Ingres's...
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Muet comme une carpe

Channel your inner fish and don't say a word.  Muet comme une carpe - mute as a carp - is today's curious French expression and it requires silence.The expression is used to...
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C'est un navet!

This phrase is something you wouldn't be surprised to hear at a farmer's market, since un navet (with silent t) is French for turnip.  But what would you make of it if you...
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À fleur de peau

Here is an elegant and visual expression that will impress any audience.  Être à fleur de peau is used figuratively to describe a person with heightened sensitivity.  It can be...
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Tenir la chandelle

Tenir la chandelle may sound like an easy task but it can leave you desperate for an escape plan!  Tenir is to hold and une chandelle is an old word for une bougie, a candle.To...
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