Pédaler dans la choucroute

This is another (weird) expression directly related to the Tour de France - which ended on July 24 this year.Pédaler dans la choucroute literally translates as pedaling in...
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La lanterne rouge

Être la lanterne rouge - to be the red lantern - means to come last in a ranking, or list. The expression is mostly used to describe a person, or group, trailing behind the...
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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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