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armes gales idiom on equal terms (lit.

: with equal weaponry)

belles dents idiom with gusto, with a strong appetite (lit.: with good teeth)
bout portant idiom at point-blank range; point-blank
bride abattue idiom at full speed; full throttle
cause de idiom because of, on account of
ciel ouvert idiom in the open (lit.: at open sky)
contrecoeur idiom grudgingly, reluctantly
contre-courant idiom against the grain (lit.: against the current)
cor et cri idiom with a hue and cry (lit.: by horn and cry)
corps perdu idiom headlong (lit.: with body lost)
ct idiom by comparison, in comparison
ct de idiom next to; adjacent to (lit.: at the side of)
ct de ses pompes idiom out to lunch
coup sr idiom without fail
couper le souffle idiom to take ones breath away
coups de idiom by dint of [using]
court terme idiom in the short run
couteaux tirs idiom with daggars drawn, at knife point
cran idiom on edge; edgy; nervous
dessein idiom on purpose
deux doigts de idiom within an inch of; very close (lit.: at two fingers of)
deux pas idiom just a stones throw [away] (lit.: at two steps)
file indienne idiom in single file; in Indian file
fleur de idiom at the level of; even with [the surface of]
juste titre idiom justly, rightly
labandon idiom neglected; in a state of neglect
labri idiom safely away, hidden (from view)
ladresse de idiom for the benefit of (lit.: to the address of)
lafft idiom lying in wait; alert for
larticle de la mort idiom at deaths door; close to death (lit.: at the article of death)
lattaque idiom attack; to arms
laventure idiom aimlessly (lit.: on adventure)
laveuglette idiom gropingly, by feel; darkly, blindly
leau de rose idiom sentimental, soppy, gushy
lcart idiom alone, by him/her/themself(ves), separately
lgal de idiom just like; as much as
lemporte-pice idiom incisively
lendroit idiom right-side out
lendroit de idiom toward
lenvers idiom inside out; upside down
lpoque idiom at that time (in the past)
lestomac idiom by bluffing; with a bluff
ltroit idiom cramped (for space)
lheure idiom on time. 1. Je suis arrive lheure.
lordinaire idiom ordinarily, as normally; as usual
la barbe de qqn idiom under someones nose (lit.: at the beard of someone)
la belle toile idiom in the open air
la bourre idiom in a hurry
la cl idiom to cap it all (lit.: to the key)
la cte idiom on the rocks; in difficulty; in trouble (lit.: at the edge)
la drive idiom adrift
la dernire extremit idiom on the brink of death; at deaths door
la faveur de idiom under cover of; thanks to
la figure idiom to someones face, in someones face
alright already; enough (n.b.: said at the end of a sentence to
la fin idiom
indicate exasperation). 1. Tu fais chier, la fin.
la fleur de lge idiom in the prime of youth
la fois idiom at the same time
la gomme idiom lousy (e.g.: ideas)
la lgre idiom without thinking, rashly
la longue idiom over time, in the long run
la mode idiom in fashion, fashionable, current
to the utmost; to death. 1. Un surfer doit avoir une coupe de
la mort idiom
cheveux la mode.
la noix idiom lousy (e.g.: ideas)
la pelle idiom in quantity
la place idiom instead, in (its) place
la tienne, Etienne idiom Cheers!
la vole idiom quickly, rapidly
larticle de la mort idiom at deaths door
lil idiom without paying, for free
loeuvre idiom at work
long terme idiom in the long run
ma connaissance idiom as far as I know; to my knowledge
merveille idiom wonderfully, marvellously
mi-chemin entre idiom between; halfway between
mon/ton/son avis idiom in my opinion; if you ask me
mon/ton/son gr idiom as I/you/he/she likes; at I/you/he/she wish
partir de idiom from now
pas de loup idiom with great strides, quickly (lit.: at wolf steps)
peine idiom hardly, scarcely, just
perte de vue idiom as far as (one) can see
pleins poumons idiom at the top of ones lungs
propos idiom by the way; incidentally
about; concerning; with regard to. 1. Je voulais vous parler
propos de idiom
propos de ce projet.
sec adj broke
son insu idiom without someones knowing
a son/ton/mon sujet idiom about him/her/you/me
tel enseigne que idiom so much so that
temps idiom in time
a lot (always at the end of a sentence, not used much anymore).
tire-larigot idiom
1. Il y en avait tire-larigot.
tort et travers idiom randomly, haphazardly
tout allure idiom at full speed, at top speed
tout prix idiom at all costs
tout propos idiom on every occasion
tout propos idiom every other minute; without interruption
tout rompre idiom to the utmost
toutes jambes idiom swiftly, quickly
toutes les sauces idiom in all sorts of ways
tue-tte idiom at the top of ones lungs
votre aise idiom suit yourself; as you like (lit.: to your pleasure)
vue de nez idiom roughly
abattre du travail idiom get through a lot of work (lit.: cut down/through the work)
abattre ses cartes idiom show ones cards; show ones hand (lit.: bring out ones cards)
abattre son jeu idiom show ones hand (lit.: bring out ones play)
abonder en/dans le sense de idiom be entirely in agreement with (lit.: be full in the sense of)
abruti adj idiot, twit, jerk (n.b.: colloquial) (e.g.: il est un abruti)
get ones story straight (lit.: to tune ones violins; n.b: usually
accorder ses violons idiom used in the plural to refer to several people collaborating to create
or agree upon a
acheter chat en poche idiom buy a pig in a poke (lit.: buy a cat in the pocket)
adjectif + de chez + adjectif idiom really, completely + adjective
affreux jojo idiom nasty person
Ae! idiom Ouch !
give credence to sbs words (lit.: to add faith to what someone
ajouter fois aux dires de qn idiom
aller de soi idiom be self-evident
aller dinguer idiom fall flat on ones face; go crashing down
aller sur les brises de qqn idiom tread on someones territory
me damne idiom henchman; tool (lit.: soul damned)
amourettes n.f passing love affairs
announcer la couleur idiom lay ones cards on the table (lit.: to annouce the color)
appeler un chat un chat idiom call a spade a spade
floor it; keep ones foot on the accelerator (lit.: press on the
appuyer sur le champignon idiom
aprs coup idiom after the event; after the fact
araigne au plafond idiom have bats in the belfry; be batty
aristo n.m/f aristocrat
arm jusquaux cheveux idiom armed to the teeth
armoire glace n.f muscleman
arnaquer idiom to rip off, cheat
arnaqueur n.m con artist
Arrte de te la pter idiom stop bragging about
arrondir ses fins de mois idiom supplement ones income
arroser idiom to drink to celebrate something
asperge n.f tall, thin person
astuce n.f tip, piece of advice
attention idiom watch out (for)
attraper la crve idiom to catch a terrible cold
attraper le coup idiom get the knack; get the swing of (lit.: to trap a blow)
au besoin idiom if necessary, if need be (lit.: at the need)
au bout de compte idiom in the final analysis
au bout de son rouleau idiom at the end of ones rope
au cas o idiom in case
au courant idiom current, up to date
au dam de idiom to the detriment of; to the displeasure of
au diable idiom way out; in the sticks; in the boondocks
au doigt et lil idiom slavishly
au doigt et oeil idiom to the letter
au fait idiom by the way
au fait de idiom up to date on
au fil de idiom with the passing (of time)
au fil de leau idiom with the current
au fil des annes idiom as the years pass
as soon as, just as; when and where possible. 1. On achetait les
au fur et mesure idiom
choses au fur et mesure.
au grand air idiom outside, in the outdoors, in the great outdoors
au grand dam de idiom to the detriment of; to the displeasure of
au pif idiom at random
au pifomtre idiom at random
au poil idiom perfect; flawless (lit. to a hair)
au poil idiom fantastic; great; perfectly
at bargain rates; at a deep discount. 1. On achetait les provisions
au rabais idiom
au rabais.
au ralenti idiom in slow motion
in desperate straits (used for people); at bay (used for animals)
aux abois idiom
(lit.: at the baying)
avaler des couleuvres idiom put up with a lot; swallow ones pride
avaler ses mots idiom mumble (lit.: to swallow ones words)
avec prcaution idiom cautiously; carefully
avec tout le tralala idiom and everything; all that stuff
any takers? a word to the wise (lit.: advice to amateurs; n.b.:
avis aux amateurs idiom
ironic or sarcastic)
avoir affaire idiom deal with; have dealings with
avoir assez (en) idiom have enough
have an advantage over sb; have power over sb; have a hold on
avoir barre(s) sur qqn idiom
sb (lit.: have bar(s) over someone)
avoir beau dire idiom speak in vain; whatever someone says
avoir beau faire idiom be in vain
avoir bon espirt idiom be cooperative
avoir cours idiom be in current use
avoir dautres chats
idiom to have better things to do; other fish to fry
avoir de la bouteille idiom become mellow; grow mellow
avoir de la chance idiom be fortunate
avoir de la merde dans les
idiom be blind as a bat; not see shit
avoir de la tchatche idiom to talk a lot
avoir de la veine idiom to be lucky
avoir des antennes idiom have a sixth sense; have contacts (lit.: to have antennas)
avoir des ennuis idiom be in trouble; have problems
avoir des ides noires idiom to be sad
avoir des oursins dans la
idiom to be stingy, cheap
avoir deux poids deux
idiom use a double standard
avoir droit idiom be entitled to
avoir du cachet idiom have style
avoir du cran idiom have guts; be brave
avoir du foin dans les bottes idiom have feathered ones nest
avoir du mal idiom have difficulty
avoir envie de idiom want to; feel like
avoir fait sone temps idiom have had ones day
avoir honte idiom be ashamed; be embarassed
avoir lair idiom seem; feel; appear (lit.: to have the air [of])
avoir lespirt de clocher idiom be narrow-minded
avoir lespirt mal tourn idiom have a dirty mind; have an evil mind
avoir lestomac dans les
idiom be famished; be starving
avoir lestomac ereux idiom be famished
avoir lhabitude idiom be in the habit of
avoir loeil idiom have a good eye; have a quick eye
avoir la bouche en cur idiom simper
avoir la bougeotte idiom to be fidgety
avoir la chair de poule idiom to have goosebumps
avoir la cosse idiom to be lazy
avoir la cote idiom be well thought of (lit.: to have the quota)
avoir la dalle idiom be starving; be famished
avoir la dalle en pente idiom be forever thirsty
avoir la dalle en pente idiom be a bit of a boozer; drink a little
avoir la dent idiom be hungry (lit.: have the tooth)
avoir la dent dure idiom be critical; be scathing (in ones remarks) (lit.: have a hard tooth)
cannot be bothered. 1. Jai la flemme denvoyer une lettre au
avoir la flemme idiom
avoir la frite idiom be in shape
avoir la frousse idiom be scared stiff; be scared to death
feel nauseous (n.b.: gerber in French means to vomit, puke, or
avoir la gerbe idiom
throw up)
avoir la gueule de bois idiom to have a hangover
avoir la haine idiom be angry, disgusted
avoir la langue bien pendue idiom to know how to answer/talk
avoir la manie de idiom be fanatical about
avoir la patate idiom be in shape
avoir la pche idiom feel energetic; feel energized
avoir la tte en ailleurs idiom be elsewhere mentally
avoir la trouille idiom to be scared
avoir lair vaseux idiom to seem dazed
avoir le bguin pour idiom to have a crush on someone
avoir le blues idiom to be sad, depressed
feel down; be depressed; have the blues (lit.: to have the
avoir le bourdon idiom
avoir le bras long idiom have pull; have influence
be down in the dumps; have the blues (lit.: to have the
avoir le cafard idiom
avoir le coeur sur le main idiom to wear ones heart on ones sleeve
avoir le cur sur les lvres idiom wear ones heart on ones sleeve (lit.: have the heart on the lips)
avoir le coup de barre idiom be exhausted; be wiped out
avoir le coup de foudre idiom to be in love at first sight
avoir le coup de pompe idiom be exhausted; be wiped out
avoir le culte de qch ou qqn idiom worship someone or something
avoir le dmon de midi idiom have a midlife crisis
avoir le dernier mot idiom have the last laugh
avoir le dessus idiom be on top; be top dog; get the best of
avoir le diable au corps idiom be possessed
avoir le front idiom have the audacity; have the courage
avoir le mal du pays idiom to be homesick
avoir le spleen idiom to be sad, depressed
avoir le trac idiom have stagefright
avoir les boules idiom be scared, really angry
avoir les crocs idiom to be very hungry
avoir les dents du found qui be stuffed; be completely full (lit.: have back teeth that are
baignent swimming [in food])
avoir les dents longues idiom be very ambitious; set ones sights high (lit.: have long teeth)
avoir les dents qui rayent le set ones sights high; want it all (lit.: have teeth that reach the
parquet floor)
avoir les doigts crochus idiom be tight-fisted; be stingy
avoir les foies idiom have cold feet
avoir les glandes idiom to be really angry
avoir les jetons idiom be scared; have the jitters; have the willies
avoir les nerfs idiom to be really angry
avoir les ptoches idiom be scared
avoir les quatre fers en lair idiom be dead
avoir lestomac dans les
idiom to be hungry
avoir louche idiom be in trouble; have problems
avoir mal au cur idiom to feel nauseated / to feel like vomiting
avoir mang du lion idiom have a tiger in ones tank; have incredible energy
avoir mauvais espirt idiom be uncooperative
avoir mauvaise / bonne
idiom to look bad / good
avoir peur idiom be afraid
avoir qqn aux trousses idiom have someone hot on ones heels
avoir qqn dans le nez idiom hate someone
avoir quelque chose de
idiom something is fishy
avoir quelque chose
idiom have something in the back of ones mind
derrire la tte
avoir sur le dos idiom be saddled with
avoir ton/son affaire idiom have what you/he/she wants (lit.: to have someones matter)
avoir un balai dans le cul idiom be uptight; have a stick up your ass
avoir un bobo idiom to have an injury (child term)
avoir un chat dans la gorge idiom have a frog in ones throat (lit.: have a cat in ones throat)
avoir un cheveu sur la
idiom to lisp
avoir un cur dartichaut idiom be flighty (lit.: have a heart of an artichoke)
avoir un coup dans le nez idiom be slightly drunk
avoir un faible por qqn idiom have a weakness for someone; have a soft spot for someone
avoir un fil la patte idiom be tied down
avoir un mot sur le bout de
idiom to have a word on the tip of your tongue
la langue
avoir un petit creux idiom to be a little hungry
avoir un poil dans la main idiom shy away from work; avoid work at all costs
be startled. 1. Ma mre eut un sursaut et me regarda dans les
avoir un sursaut idiom
yeux: Tu es fou !
avoir un verre dans le nez idiom be slightly drunk
avoir une araigne au have a screw loose; have bats in ones belfry (lit.: to have a
plafond spider in the head)
avoir une dent contre qn idiom have a grudge against someone; hold a grudge against someone
(lit.: have a tooth against someone)
avoir une extinction de voix idiom lose ones voice
avoir une faim de loup idiom be ravenous; be famished; be hungry as a bear
avoir une fivre de cheval idiom to have a high fever
avoir une mmoire
idiom to have a good memory
avoir une mine idiom look like
avoir une peur bleue idiom to be scared stiff
avoir une peur bleue de qch idiom be scared stiff of something
avoir vent de qch idiom get wind of something
avoir/mettre leau la
idiom to want/drool over something
avorton n.m runt
B.D. abbr bande dessine: comic strip, cartoon, comics
babines n.f lips
bfrer v wolf down; gobble up, snarf
fund of knowledge (lit.: knowledge baggage; n.b.: can be used
bagage intellectuel idiom
with other words, e.g.: littraire)
bagarre n.f fight, fist-fight
bagarrer v to have fun
bagnole n.f car
baguettes n.f.pl thin legs
bah idiom filler
bahut n.m school (also truck, taxi)
baiser v fuck; have sex with; kiss (n.b.: vulgar)
baisser les bras idiom give up; throw in the towel (lit.: lower the arms)
balancer v to throw (away)
balse adj hard
balle n.f money, cash; franc (old), bullet
balls, testicles n.m guts
baltringue idiom weak/coward/pussy
baraque n.f shanty
baratin n.m nonsense
baratiner v to sweet talk
barbaque / bidoche n.f bad meat
barbouze n.f beard
barda n.m gear; kit; equipment
barge adj nuts
barjo adj crazy
barjot n./adj nuts
barouf n racket
bas de gamme idiom low-end, low quality
baskets n.m tennis shoes / sneakers
bateau adj old; hackneyed
btir des chteaux en
idiom build castles in the air (lit.: to build castles in Spain)
the highest level one can rise to; ones limit (lit.: ones field
bton de marchal idiom
marshals baton)
battant n.m heart
battre comme pltre idiom beat the living daylights out of someone (lit.: beat someone flat)
battre froid qqn idiom give someone the cold shoulder (lit.: beat cold to someone)
bavardage n.m chatting, talking, prattling
bavarder v chat; talk
bazar n.m mess
BCBG [bon chic bon genre] idiom posh, stylish, preppy
everyone; a long line of people. 1. Il y avait du beau linge leur
beau linge idiom
beauf n.m brother-in-law / lower-class Frenchman
bec n.m mouth
bec et ongle idiom tooth and nail
bec fin idiom gourmet
bcane n.f motorcycle; computer
bcasse n.f silly girl; twit
becqueter v eat
well and truly; definitively; completely; altogether (lit.: beautiful
bel et bien idiom
and good)
belle-doche n.f mother-in-law
bent n.m simpleton, ninny
Berk ! inter Yuck!
bermuda n.m knee-length shorts
bte noire n.f pet peeve
beurk idiom yuck
beuh n.m marijuana
beur n.m Arab; Arab person (n.b.: verlan for the word Arabe)
Beurk ! inter Berk ! Yuck!
BG idiom beau gosse/hot guy
bide n.m belly; gut
bidon n.m gut; belly (lit.: can, tin)
bidon adj phony; fake; rigged; sham
bien conduire sa barque idiom handle oneself well; do all right (lit.: drive ones boat well)
bien en chair idiom well padded; plump (lit.: good in flesh)
bien mener sa barque idiom handle oneself well; do all right (lit.: manage ones boat well)
bien roule idiom well endowed, stacked
bijou n.m pet, love
biz n.m business
bizut n.m freshman / pledge (to a fraternity/sorority)
bizutage n.m hazing
blague idiom joke
blair n.m nose
blaireau n.m loser; nerd (lit.: badger; shaving brush)
blairer v stand; tolerate (always used in the negative)
blairer quelquun idiom to not be able to stand someone
blanc bonnet et bonnet
idiom the same thing
blaze n.m name
bl n.m cash; money
bled n.m remote place, hinterlands, small village; boonies, boondocks
bled perdu n.m nowheresville, in the boonies
blonde n.f ale
bobard n.m lie; fib; tall story; yarn
bobo n.m. sore, injury
bo-bo [Bourgeois Bohme] adj person with good job and Bohemian lifestyle
body n.m bodysuit/onesie for a baby
bof idiom whatever
boire comme un trou idiom drink like a fish
boire comme une ponge idiom drink like a fish
boire sec idiom be a heavy drinker
boire une verre idiom to have a drink
bote n.f nightclub, bar, company
bol n.m luck
bombe n.f sexually appealing woman; hot woman; bombshell
bomber le torse idiom swagger; puff out ones chest
bon aprem idiom good afternoon
bon plan idiom good idea
bonbec n.m candy; sweets
bonhomme n.m guy, man
book n.m portfolio (for a model, actor, etc.)
bordel n.m holy shit, mess
bordel n.f brothel
bordlique adj messy, disorganized
borne n.f kilometer
bosser v to work
bouboule n.m fatso, fatty
bouche be idiom agape, stunned
bouche cousue idiom not a word; mums the word
bouchon n.m traffic jam; bottleneck
boudin n.m ugly and fat woman
bouffe n.f food, grub
bouffer v eat; wolf down; gobble up (from to blow up)
Arab person; any dark-skinned foreigner (n.b.: highly pejorative,
bougnoul n.m likely to result in a fight if you use it) origin: Bougnol Area
(Province of Valencia) in Spain
Arab person; any dark-skinned foreigner (n.b.: highly pejorative,
bougnoul(e) n.f likely to result in a fight if you use it) origin: Bougnol Area
(Province of Valencia) in Spain
boui-boui n.m low dive, grubby little restaurant
boules n.f.pl hatred; aversion; loathing
boulot n.m job, work
boum n.f party
Boum ! inter Boom! Bang!
bouquin n.m book
bourge adj., n.f bourgeois(e)
bourr adj drunk
bourrelet n.m roll of fat (on a person)
bourrer v to stuff, cram
bourrer le crne idiom brainwash; stuff someones head with ideas; cram
bourrer le mou idiom take somebody in; have somebody on
bourricot n.m donkey
bourrique n.f/m a blockhead
bousiller v to break, damage
boustifaille n.f ugly person (mean!)
boute-en-train n.m life of the party; live wire
branch v with it, hip, cool
connect; put in touch (n.b.: se brancher means to like; e.g.: a me
brancher v
brancher quelquun idiom to try to seduce someone
branler dans le manche idiom be shaky; totter
braque adj crazy
braquer v commit armed robbery; commit armed robbery
bras dessus, bras dessous idiom arm in arm
bras droit idiom right-hand man
brasser les affaires idiom wheel and deal
bref brief, in short
briller par son absence idiom be conspicuous by ones absence
brioche n.f belly, gut
broncher v move a muscle; make a move
brouiller les cartes idiom cloud an issue
broyer du noir idiom be down in the dumps; have the blues
brler (denvie) de idiom be eager to; be spoiling for
brler les tapes idiom go without stopping; go faster than expected
brler une tape idiom skip a stage; skip a step
brler une feu rouge idiom run a red light
brushing n.m blowdry
bcher v to study hard, to cram
burkini; combination of a burqa and bikini for traditional
burkini n.f
Muslims to wear at the beach (from bikini and burqa)
buter v to bump off, kill
its halfway around the world; its on the other side of the world;
cest au bout du monde idiom
its at the end of the Earth
cest bte comme chou idiom as easy as pie; simplicity itself
cest bientt dit idiom its easier said than done; thats easy to say
it amounts to the same thing; its six of one and half a dozen of
cest bonnet blanc et blanc
idiom the other (lit.: its a white hat and a hat white; n.b.: the adjective
can precede or follow the noun it modifies in French)
cest dans mes cordes idiom its right up my alley (lit.: its in my ropes)
cest de lalgbre pour moi idiom its all Greek to me (lit.: its algebra to me)
cest donn idiom its a bargain; its a steal
thats a load of hot air; thats rubbish; thats crap (lit.: its a can
cest du bidon idiom
or tin)
cest du billard idiom its a piece of cake; its a cinch
cest du gateau idiom be easy as cake
cest du tout cuit idiom its a cinch; its easy as pie
cest facile comme bonjour idiom its easy as pie
cest lenfance de lart idiom its childs play
Cest de la bombe idiom its the bomb
cest la carte force idiom there is no choice (lit.: it is a forced card/hand)
cest la croix et la bannire idiom its a pain in the neck/butt
cest la fin des haricots idiom its all over; the game is up
cest la goutte deau qui fait
idiom its the last straw; its the straw that broke the camels back
dborder le vase
cest le bouquet idiom that takes the cake; thats the last straw
thats the least of my problems; I couldnt care less (lit.: its the
cest le cadet de mes soucis idiom
smallest/junior of my concerns)
cest le comble idiom thats the last straw (lit.: thats the summit)
cest le coq du village idiom hes the cock of the walk (lit.: hes the rooster of the village)
cest le dernier cri idiom its the latest thing; its quite something
cest le dernier des hommes idiom hes scum; hes the scum of the earth
cest ma dernire planche
idiom its my last hope
de salut
cest ne pas le Prou idiom its nothing to write home about; its no big deal
cest tout comme idiom it amounts to the same thing
cest un djeuner de soleil idiom it wont last (lit.: its a breakfast in the sun)
cest un faux jeton idiom hes a double-dealer; hes as crooked as a snake
ctait fatal idiom it was bound to happen (lit.: it was fated)
a assure pas idiom its lame; its pathetic
a cout la peau de cul idiom be very expensive
a cout les yeux de la tte idiom be very expensive; cost a great deal
a cote la peau des fesses
idiom Thats really expensive!
a craint ! idiom That sucks!
a crve les yeux idiom in the face of; self-evident
a dchire idiom it rocks
a douille ! idiom Thats really expensive!
a envoie du pt idiom this throws pt
apples and oranges; two separate things; two things that dont go
a fait deux idiom
together (lit.: it makes two). 1. Linformatique et toi, a fait deux.
a fait un bail idiom Its been a long time !
it stinks; it smells; it reeks (lit.: it is whipped; from fouetter:
a fouette idiom
whip, flog, whisk)
a gaze idiom How are things? Whats up?
a glisse, Alice idiom Its slippery!
a le fait idiom its cool
a ma cass bras et jambes idiom that was the last straw (for me) (lit.: that broke my legs and arms)
ca mest gal idiom I dont care; its all the same to me
a me dit quelque chose idiom that rings a bell [for me]
a na rien voir avec idiom That has nothing to do with
its nothing to write home about; its no big deal (lit.: that doesnt
a ne pisse pas loin idiom
piss far)
a ne tourne pas rond idiom Somethings wrong
its pouring; its pissing down; its coming down in buckets (lit.:
a pisse idiom
its pissing)
a saute aux yeux idiom Thats obvious
a se voit comme le nez au
idiom its very obvious
milieu de la figure
someone is going to die soon (n.b.: said of someone who is at
a sent le sapin idiom
deaths door)
a va chier idiom the shit is going to hit the fan
a va chier des bulles idiom the shit is going to hit the fan
a va tre chaud idiom Its going to be tough!
a va saigner idiom the shit is going to hit the fan
a vaut le coup idiom Its worth it
a vous pend au nez idiom its going to happen to you (threat)
caca n.m poop; shit; number two (used mostly by children)
cacaboudin n.m poop; excrement; number two
cache-cache idiom hide and seek
cacheton n.m pill; tablet
cafter v tell on somebody; taddle; squeal
cafter quelquun idiom to tell on someone, to snitch
cailler v to freeze
youths, especially of north African descent in the suburbs who
caillera n.f steal, burn down grocery stores (n.b.: xenophobic and offensive;
verlan for racaille)
caillou n.m head
caisse n.f car; wheels
cal en adj good/smart in
calche n.f jail, slammer
came n.f drugs
canaille n.f rascal, scoundrel
canon n.m hot, very attractive person
capote n.f condom
carburer v live on; live off of (e.g.: coffee, alcohol, etc.)
carcasse n.f body
caresser une ide idiom toy with an idea (lit.: caress an idea)
carrment adj completely
cartonner un examen idiom to ace an exam
cass adj really tired, exhausted
casse-couilles idiom to be a pain in the neck/ass
casse-pieds idiom to be a pain in the neck/ass
casser du sucre sur le dos talk about someone behind their back (lit.: break sugar on
de qqn somebodys back)
to spread lies about someone, talk about someone behind his/her
casser du sucre sur son dos idiom
spoil something that someone else has built up; be a great hit or
casser la baraque idiom
casser la crote idiom to have a snack
casser la figure qqn idiom knock someones block off (lit.: break the figure of someone)
casser les couilles qqn idiom bust someones balls; bug the shit out of someone
casser les oreilles idiom bore; talk to death
casser les oreilles
idiom to talk someones ear off
casser les pieds idiom be a pain in the neck (lit.: to break the legs [of someone])
casser les pieds qqn idiom get one someones nerves; bore someone stiff
casser sa pipe idiom kick the bucket (lit.: to break the pipe)
Get lost, stupid idiot! quote from French president, Nicolas
Casse-toi, pauvre con ! idiom
casting n.m audition
prostitute; slut; bitch (a common word used to refer to a
prostitute, slut, or bitch. The word was more common in the
catin n.f
1980s, apparently in rap music, than it is nowadays) (ex.: Il tait
mordu de cette catin.)
causer v to chat
cavale n.f escape (from prison)
ce nest pas vident idiom its harder than you think
ce nest pas la mer boire idiom its not as bad as all that; its not asking the impossible
ce nest pas une mince
idiom be no small matter
ce nest pas un vieux
singe quon apprend faire idiom you cant teach an old dog new tricks
des grimaces
ce nest pas du bidom idiom Im not kidding; hes not kidding (etc.)
Ce nest pas la mer boire idiom Its not the end of the world
ce nest pas le Prou idiom its nothing to write home about / its no great fortune
ce sont deux ttes sous le
idiom be hand in glove together
mme bonnet
Ce sont pas tes oignons ! idiom Mind your own business!
cela en dit long sur idiom that says a lot about
cela fait deux idiom thats two different things/matters
its been ages; its been a long time [since] (lit.: it makes a lease
cela fait un bail idiom
cela ne me dit pas grand
idiom thats not much; its not impressive
one-hundred thousand francs (Euros) (n.b.: from the comic les
cent patates n.f.pl
cest au bout du monde idiom its halfway around the world
cest bidon idiom its false
cest chouette idiom sweet
Cest cque je veux idiom Thats what I want.
Cest dans la poche idiom Its a sure thing
cest de la balle idiom caution (this is the ball)
cest de la broutille idiom its junk; its rubbish; its worthless; its not important
cest donner de la confiture pearls before swine; offering something great to someone who
aux cochons doesnt appreciate it
cest du bidom idiom thats a load of hot air; thats a load of bull; thats codswallop
Cest du gteau idiom Its a piece of cake!
Cest en forgeant quon
idiom Practice makes perfect.
devient forgeron
enough already; enough (said when telling someone to cease and
cest fini, oui idiom desist with whatever they are saying or doing; expresses
exasperation or frustration)
cest la goutte deau qui fait
idiom its the straw that broke the camels back
dborder la vase
cest le pompon idiom it beats everything
Cest nul ! idiom That sucks!
est parti idiom Here we go / were off !
Cest pas sorcier idiom Its not rocket science
Cest pas un frimeur ce
idiom Hes not a showoff as far as I know!
que je sache
Cest pas vrai ! idiom Youre kidding!
Cest un mec qui a lair
idiom He seems like a nice guyhes not a showoff as far as I know!
chabert adj coward
chacun sa croix idiom everyone has his problems
chair de poule idiom goose bumps
chamberlain n.m umbrella
chambrer v to tease, bother someone
champignon n.m accelerator [in a car] (lit.: mushroom)
change davis idiom change ones mind
changer de langage idiom change ones tune (lit.: to change language)
changer de refrain idiom give it a rest; change the tune (lit.: change the chorus)
chanm adj mean (n.b.: verlan for mchant)
chanter comme une
idiom sing really badly
chapeau n.m condom
chapeau (bas) exclam congratulations (lit.: hat off)
charabia n.m jibberish, gobledygook
charivari n.m noise; din; racket; uproar. 1. Ce fut un charivari indescriptible.
charogne n.m vile person
charrier v exaggerate
chat n.m tag
chaud adj tipsy, buzzed
chelou adj shady, suspicious, crazy
chenapan n.m rascal; scoundrel, rogue
chercher ttons idiom feel ones way along
chercher des poux dans la try to make trouble for (lit.: search for fleas on the head of
tte de [someone])
chercher la petite bte idiom split hairs; nitpick (lit.: search for little beasties)
chercher midi quatorze
idiom to make things complicated
chialer v cry; blubber
chiant adj annoying
chicaner v quibble over something
Chiche ! idiom I dare you! Go ahead!
chier v defacate; shit
chiottes n.f.pl toilet; can
chipoter v quibble over something
choper v to succesfully seduce / pick up someone
chopine n.f bottle of wine
chopper v to get, to catch
chouchou(te) n.m/f teachers pet
chouette adj nice, good
Chut ! inter Shush! Be quiet!
cibiche n.f cigarette
cible n.f target
ciboulot n.m head
cin n.m cinema; movie theater
cingl adj nuts; crazy; loony
cinoche n.m cinema; movie theater
cirer les bottes qqn idiom brownnose; polish someones apple (lit.: wax someones boots)
cirer les pompes idiom annoy somebody (usually: il commence me cirer les pompes)
clair comme de leau de
idiom crystal clear (lit.: clear like water from a spring)
clamser v to croak
claquer v kick the bucket; die
claquer v throw money around (lit.: to flap; to bang; to ring out)
clbard n.m dog; hound; mutt (pejorative)
clbard n.m mutt, hound
clebs n.m dog; hound; mutt (pejorative)
clin doeil idiom wink
clito n.m clit; clitoris
clochard n.m bum, homeless person
clodo n.m bum, homeless person
clope n.m/f cigarette
cochonnerie n.f mess; rubbish; trash; pigswill; disgusting or foul food
cocotter v stink; reek
cogner les pots idiom be dead tired; be falling asleep (n.b.: particular to Auvergne)
coin n.m place in general
coinc adj uptight; anal
collabo n.f collaborator (from collaboratuer,-trice)
collant adj clingy
colle n.f difficult question
coller un examen idiom to flunk a test
coller un lve idiom keep a student after school; give a student detention
coller un mandale idiom to punch someone
coller un marron
idiom to punch someone
coller un pain idiom to punch someone
coller une chataigne idiom to punch someone
colporter v hawk; peddle
comble adj the limit (n.b.: used only in cest le comble)
comme dhab idiom as usual, normally
comme de juste idiom as might be expected
comme deux et deux font
idiom sure, certain
as always (n.b.: name of a song by Claude Francois from 1968,
comme dhabitude idiom which was then rewritten by Paul Anka as My Way and sung
by Frank Sinatra)
unable to make up ones mind (lit.: like Buridans donkey; n.b.:
comme lne de Buridan idiom this comes from a philosophical text supposedly by Buridan
[14th century] about a donkey tha
comme les doigts de la
idiom thick as thieves
comme qui dirait idiom so to speak
at top speed; very fast (lit.: like a meteor). 1. Il conduit comme un
comme un bolide idiom
comme un coq en pte idiom in clover (lit.: like a rooster in pastry/dough)
comme un fagot idiom badly dressed
unexpectedly; without trying, effortlessly; without a hitch (lit.:
comme une fleur idiom
like a flower)
comprendre la plaisanterie idiom be able to take a joke; be a good sport (lit.: understand the joke)
compter pour du beurre idiom not to count (lit.: count as butter)
con n.m idiot
condamner une porte idiom closee off a door (lit.: condemn a door)
conducteur du dimanche idiom Sunday driver
confiote n.f jam
connatre comme sa poche idiom know like the back of ones hand (lit.: know like ones pocket)
connitre de vue idiom know by sight
connatre la musique idiom know the score (lit.: know the music)
connatre les ficelles idiom know all the angles
connatre sur le bout du
idiom have at ones fingertips (lit.: know at the end of a finger)
connard n.m ass (n.b.: used only in reference to men)
connasse n.f bitch, bitchy woman (n.b.: used only in reference to women)
conne n.f idiot
connerie n.f studid words or actions
conter fleurette idiom flirt with (lit.: tell flowers to)
cool adj cool
copain n.m friend, pal
copine n.f friend, pal
coquard n.m black eye
corve n.f drag, drudgery, chore
corve de pluches idiom potato peeling, spud bashing
costard n.m suit (n.b.: often the d at the end is dropped)
costaud adj strong; sturdy; tough
costaud(e) n.m./f strong; sturdy; strapping
cte cte idiom side by side (lit.: coast at coast)
couille n.m testicle
couilles n.m balls, testicles
couillon n.m jerk; twit
couillonnade n.f bullshit; tall tales; nonsense
couiner v cry; whine
coup doeil idiom insight
coup de bec idiom cutting remark, dig (lit.: peck, blow from a beak)
coup sur coup idiom in rapid succession
couper bras et jambes idiom take the steam out of; deflate
couper lherbe sous le pied pull the rug out from under someone; cut the ground from under
de qqn someones feet
meet halfway; compromise; split the difference (lit.: cut the pear
couper la poire en deux idiom
in half)
couper la poire en deux idiom to meet halfway
couper le sifflet qqn idiom interrupt someone; cut someone short
couper les cheveux en
idiom split hairs
couper les ponts idiom cut off relations; burn ones bridges
courier deux livres la
idiom work both ends against the middle; have a finger in many pies
courir deux livres la fois idiom to ride two horses at the same time
courir le cotillon idiom chase skirts; chase girls
courir le jupon idiom chase skirts; chase girls
courir les filles idiom chase skirts; chase girls
courir les rues idiom be common knowledge; be ordinary
court sur pattes idiom low-slung
court-jus idiom short circuit
cousu dor idiom filthy rich; stinking rich
cousu de fil blanc idiom easy to see through; obvious
cote que cote idiom at all costs; at any cost; come hell or high water
coter les yeux de la tte idiom cost an arm and a leg
coter les yeux de la tte idiom to cost an arm and a leg
cracher dans la soupe idiom spoil something (so that it can only be enjoyed by you) (lit.: spit
in the soup)
crade adj dirty
cradingue adj filthy
crado adj filthy, disgusting
craignos adj shady; dodgy
cramer v to burn
crneur/-euse n.m show-off
crneuse n.f show-off
crapoter v smoke without inhaling
craquer pour idiom to have a crush on someone
crche n.f bedroom
crcher v hang out; hang around; crash; kip down
crtin des Alpes idiom ass; asshole (n.b.: regionalism used in the southeast of France)
crtinerie n.f idiocy; stupidity
crev adj really tired, exhausted
crever v kick the bucket; die
crever v kill
crever de v be bursting with; be full of
crever de chaud idiom be boiling hot; be steaming hot
crever de faim idiom be starving; be famished
crever de froid idiom out in the cold
crever dennui idiom be bored; be bored to tears
crever la dalle idiom be extremely hungry
crever le cur qqn idiom break somebodys heart
crever les yeux idiom be obvious
crier comme un cochon
idiom cry really loudly
quon gorge
crisp adj nervous, tense, awkward
croir qqn sur parole idiom take someones word for something
croire savoir que idiom understand that
croyez-men idiom you can take my word for it
cucu adj silly; corny. 1. Cest trs cucu.
cuisiner qqn idiom give someone the third degree
cuisto n.m cook; chef
cuit(e) adj drunk; sloshed
cul n.m butt; buttocks; ass
cul sec idiom bottoms up
culot n.m nerve, impudence
cuver son vin idiom sleep it off (i.e.: the effects of alcohol)
dabord adv first; first of all
dautres fois idiom at other times
dentre de jeu idiom right from the start
dun certain ge idiom middle-aged; getting on in years (lit.: of a certain age)
dun common accord idiom unanimously
dada n.m horsey; horse (n.b.: child talk)
damer le pion idiom outwit; go one better; get the better of
dans lembarras idiom in a spot; in trouble
dans lensemble idiom on the whole; overall
dans lexercise de ses
idiom in ones official capacity
dans la dche adj broke
dans le bain idiom in the know; in trouble; in the picture (lit.: in the bath)
dans le tas idiom at random
dans les choux idiom in a fix (lit.: in the cabbages)
dans les coulisses idiom behind the scenes
dans nos pieds idiom in your place
danser devant le buffet idiom go hungry; go without dinner; skip a meal
dater de loin idiom go back a long way
de bon coeur idiom a lot, considerably
de bonne composition idiom easygoing
de bouche oreille idiom by word of mouth
de bout des lvres idiom halfheartedly; without conviction
de but en blanc idiom point-blank (range)
de commande idiom feigned
de conserve idiom hand in hand; together; in cooperation
de ct et dautre idiom here and there; on both sides (lit.: from side to the other)
de deux chose lune idiom one way or the other
de gal gal idiom as equals; as an equal
de faon idiom so as to
de fil en anguille idiom one thing leading to another
de la fte idiom in on it [something]
de long en large idiom from end to end; up and down
de mauvais poil idiom grumpy; bad mood (lit.: with bad hair)
de part et dautre idiom here and there, in some places
de plein fouet idiom headlong
de plus belle idiom with renewed vigor
de point(e) mod leading; latest; advanced; ultramodern; peak
de premire main idiom firsthand; first-hand
de prs idiom closely
de quel bois on se chauffe idiom what one is made of (lit.: of what wood is being burnt)
de sa faon idiom of ones own making
de seconde main idiom secondhand; second-hand
de son ct idiom for ones part
de son cru idiom of ones own (creation, invention)
de temps autre idiom from time to time; sometimes
de tout poil idiom of all types; of all sorts; of all kinds
de toute faon idiom in any case
de touts poils idiom of all types; of all sorts; of all kinds
dballer v confess
dbarquer v to arrive without notice
dbecter v disgust; make one sick
dbile adj pathetic, stupid
dcalquer v beat to a pulp
dconner v act like a jerk; lose it; kid
dcrocher le pompon idiom hit the jackpot
dfonc adj drunk
dfonc v high
dgobiller v puke
dgoiser v to talk a lot, rattle on
dgommer v knock down (a target); hit the target
dgoter v to find, come up with, dig up
dgueulasse adj disgusting
dgueuler v vomit; throw up; puke
djant adj oddball
djanter v to talk nonsense, to go crazy
demander des comptes idiom call to account
dmarrer en flche idiom start off with a bang
dmnager la cloche de
idiom skip out on the rent
dmolir v beat someone up
dmon de midi idiom old goat; dirty old man or woman (lit.: demon of middle age)
the upper front incisors when there is a space between them (lit.
dents du bonheur idiom
teeth of joy)
dpanner quelquun idiom to do someone a favor
derche n.m ass
ds idiom starting from, as far back as
des semaines durant idiom for weeks on end (lit.: for hard weeks)
des sous n.m money
des temps en temps idiom from time to time; sometimes
dveine n.f bad luck
go nuts; go crazy (n.b.: used only in the idiom il y a du quoi
devenir chevre idiom
devenir chevre)
devenir pourpre idiom to get red with embarassment
devoir une fire chandelle idiom be deeply indebted to; owe a debt of gratitude to
dico n.m dictionary (standard abbreviation)
dingue adj crazy; nuts
dinguerie n.f stupidity; craziness
dire des niaiseries idiom talk rubbish; talk nonsense
dire des quatre vrits
idiom to say what you think of someone
dire en bon franais idiom tell it straight
dire la bonne adventure idiom tell fortunes
dire le mot et la chose idiom call a spade a spade
dire que idiom to think that
dire ses quatre vrits qqn idiom tell someone off
dire son fait idiom give a piece of ones mind to
dodo n.m sleep; beddy-bye (n.b.: used by small children)
don n.m gift (lit.: ability)
donnant donnant idiom even-steven; fair trade
donner idiom sell out to
donner carte blanche
idiom to let someone do what they want
donner des ailes idiom give somebody wings
donner du fil retordre idiom give a lot of trouble to
donner lveil idiom arouse the suspicions of
donner la patate idiom energize
donner la peine idiom go to the trouble (lit.: to give the pain/suffering)
donner le bouillon donze
idiom slip poison to
donner le change idiom throw off the scent
donner le feu vert idiom to give the green light to someone
donner le la idiom set the tone
donner le ton idiom set the tone
donner lieu idiom give an opportunity for
donner prise idiom give an opening to
donner raison idiom agree with
donner sa langue au chat idiom give up guessing
give someone notice [of termination] (lit.: give someone a
donner son cong qqn idiom
donner sur idiom look out on; look over
donner tort idiom disagree with
donner un coup de fil idiom to call, telephone
donner un coup de main idiom to give someone a hand / to help someone
donner un coup de pouce give someone/something a boost; help someone/something get
qqn/qch started (lit.: to give a thumbs push to someone or something)
slap someone in the face; give someone a slap in the face (lit.: to
donner une gifle idiom
give a slap)
dorer la pilule idiom sweeten the pill; sweeten the deal
dormir la belle toile idiom sleep out of doors (lit.: to sleep at the good star)
dormir poings ferms idiom sleep like a baby
dormir comme un loir idiom sleep like a log (lit.: to sleep like a dormouse)
dormir comme une
idiom sleep like a log (lit.: to sleep like a hedgehog)
dormir comme une souche idiom sleep like a log (lit.: to sleep like a stump)
dormir dans les cartons idiom gather dust
dormir dans les fichiers idiom gather dust
dormir sur les deux oreilles idiom to sleep soundly
dormir sur ses deux oreilles idiom sleep soundly
doubler v pull a fast one
doubler le cap de idiom go beyond; turn
doudou idiom favorite stuffed animal / blankie
douloureuse idiom bill (that you know is going to be high)
doux comme un agneau idiom soft/gentle like a lamb
draguer v cruise; flirt; pick up
dragueur n.m seducer
dresser une liste idiom make out a list
du coup idiom as a result
du fait de idiom as a result of
du moment que idiom since; seeing that; as long as
du tout au tout idiom completely
dune force idiom really. 1. Il va le regretter, mais dune force.
dur cuire idiom a hard nut to crack
echapper belle idiom have a near miss; have a narrow escape
chauffer la bile qqn idiom get someones goat
chauffer les oreilles qqn idiom get someones goat
clairer sa lanterne qqn idiom set someone straight
colo n.m ecologist (abbreviated form)
couter de toutes ses
idiom be all ears
crases-merde n.f.pl shoes
crire en toutes lettres idiom spell out; write out
lever dans du coton idiom spoil [a child]; coddle
lire domicile idiom take up residence
elle est bonne idiom shes hot, shes a good fuck
emballer v to succesfully seduce / pick up someone
embarquer quelquun idiom to succesfully seduce / pick up someone
embt adj annoyed, frustrated, angered
embrouille n.f trouble
emmerder v bore; annoy
emmerder quelquun idiom to get on someones nerves, be a pain
emmerdeur n.m damned nuisance, pain in the neck
empoisonner lexistence idiom make life miserable for
emporter le morceau idiom win the day; win out
en arriver idiom have come to this (lit.: arrive at)
en au trot idiom on the double; quickly; now (lit.: on the trot)
en avoir gros sur la patate idiom be very sad
en avoir marre v to be fed up, angry
en avoir ras le cul idiom be fed up (lit.: to have had it up to ones ass. A harsh expression)
en avoir ras-le-bol v to be fed up, angry
en avoir soup v to be fed up, angry
en bataille idiom disheveled; askew; messed up (lit.: in battle)
en baver v to have a hard time
en cachette idiom on the sly
en chair et en os idiom in flesh and blood; in the flesh (lit.: in meat and bone)
en civil idiom in plain clothes (n.b.: said of police or military)
en cloque adv pregnant / knocked up
with full understanding [of the consequences] (lit.: with
en connaissance de cause idiom
knowledge of cause)
en connatre un rayon idiom know a thing or two about [something]
en conter idiom deceive (lit.: to tell of [something])
en coup de vent idiom quickly; rapidly; in a flash
en cours idiom in progress
en cours de idiom in the process of
en dehors de idiom apart from; aside from
en dpit de idiom in spite of, despite (lit.: in despite of)
en dsespoir de cause idiom as a last resort
en dire long sur idiom speak volumes about; say a lot about
en double file idiom double-parked
en douce idiom on the sly; on the QT
en eau idiom in a sweat
en pi idiom at an angle (to the curb, when parking)
en faire baver idiom give someone a rough time (lit.: make someone drool or gasp)
en faire son affaire idiom take care of [something]
en faire toute une salade idiom to make a big deal about it
en faire un fromage idiom dramatize
en faire une salade idiom dramatize
en fait idiom as a matter of fact
en famille idiom in private; privately
en fin de compte idiom in the final analysis
en flche idiom like a rocket
en grand tralala idiom with a great fuss
en mains propres idiom in person; personally (lit: in ones own hands)
en mettre plein la vue qqn idiom impress someone
en moins de deux adj very quickly
en perme idiom on leave
en pincer pour idiom to have a crush on someone
en plein coeur de idiom in the heart of, in the center of
en plein jour idiom in broad daylight
en qute de idiom in search of
en revanche idiom by contrast
en route idiom lets go; lets be off
en tout cas idiom in any case
in the blink of an eye; in the twinkling of an eye (lit.: in the wink
en un clin dil idiom
of an eye)
en veux-tu en voil idiom a lot
encaisser le(s) coup(s) idiom take it; tolerate it; endure it
encarrer v to enter
encul(e) de ta race idiom fucker; asshole
enfin, bref idiom to make a long story short
enfoncer une porte ouverte idiom belabor the obvious; beat a dead horse
engueuler v tell off
hands off; no touching; dont touch (lit.: remove your filthy
enlve tes sales pattes idiom
get someone out of a jamb (lit.: to remove a thorn from
enlever une pine du pied
idiom someones foot. n.b.: this idiom is taken from the classic story of
the mouse and lion)
enquiquineur/-euse n.m./f pest; pain in the neck
entendre dire que idiom hear that
hear about. 1. Javais entendu parler de mon oncle depuis mon
entendre parler de idiom
enterrer la hache de guerre idiom bury the hachet (lit.: to bury the battle ax)
entre chien et loup idiom at dusk, in the twilight (lit.: between dog and wolf)
entre deux eaux idiom under water (lit.: between two waters)
entre deux vins idiom half sober
entre lenclume et le
idiom between the devil and the deep blue sea
between us; just between us (lit.: between four eyes, the
entre quatre yeux idiom implication here is that each of the two people has two eyes,
hence the total)
entrer en fonction idiom take office
entrer en lice idiom throw ones hat in the ring
entrer en vigueur idiom take effect; go into effect
envoyer dinguer qqn idiom tell someone to shove off
envoyer promener qqn idiom send someone packing
envoyer qqn au bain idiom send someone packing
envoyer qqn au diable idiom send someone packing
envoyer qqn sur les roses idiom send someone packing
pater v to astonish, surprise
pouser la forme de idiom cling to (refers to clothing)
esgourdes n.f ears
espce de + adjectif idiom stupid + adjective
et patati, et patata idiom and so on
et ta soeur idiom mind your own business
et tout le tralala idiom the whole kit and caboodle
tendre raide idiom knock out cold
tre bout de idiom have run out of
tre court de idiom run short of; be out of; run out of
tre deux doigts (de faire
idiom to be on the verge (of doing something)
quelque chose)
tre ltude idiom be under study; be under consideration
tre la botte de qqn idiom put oneself under someones heels (lit.: to be at someones boot)
tre la bourre idiom to be in a hurry
tre la coule idiom know the ropes
tre la hauteur de idiom be equal to (lit.: to be at the height of)
tre la trane idiom to be left behind; fall behind
tre louest idiom be crazy; be nuts (lit.: to be in the west)
tre mourir dennui idiom to be very boring
tre accro quelque chose idiom to be addicted to something
be sold on; be won over; be in full support of (lit.: be established
tre acquis idiom
or accepted on)
tre au bout de la langue idiom to be at the tip of your tongue
be at the end of ones tether, be; be at the deaths door (lit.: to be
tre au bout du rouleau idiom
at the end of ones roller)
tre au courant idiom know; be up to date (lit.: be current)
tre au four et au moulin idiom be in two places at once (lit.: to be at the oven and at the mill)
tre au rgime idiom be on a diet (lit.: be on a regimen)
tre aux aguets idiom lie in wait; be on ones guard
tre aux anges idiom be delighted; be in seventh heaven (lit.: be among the angels)
tre bte comme ses pieds idiom to be stupid
tre blanc comme un linge idiom to be white from fear
tre branch idiom be in the know (lit.: to be plugged in)
tre casse-bonbons idiom to be a pain in the neck/ass
be in the know (lit.: to be plugged in, with the verlan
tre chbran idiom
transformation of branch)
tre coll idiom to have detention
tre compltement allum idiom be crazy (lit.: to be completely lit up)
tre daccord idiom agree; be okay with
tre dans la fleur de lge idiom be in the prime of life (lit.: to be in the flower of ones time)
tre dans le ptrin idiom to be in a jam
tre dans les petits papiers be in someones good graces; be on someones good side (lit.: to
de qqn be in someones little papers)
tre dans ses petits souliers idiom to not feel comfortable
tre dans tous ses tats idiom be beside oneself (lit.: to burn all the stops in between)
tre dans une colre noire idiom see red; be fuming mad (lit.: to be in a black anger)
tre de mauvais poil idiom to be in a bad mood
tre de mche avec qqn idiom be in cahoots with someone; be hand in glove with someone (lit.:
to be of locks [hair] with someone)
tre de retour idiom be back; have returned
tre dingue de qqn idiom be crazy about someone
tre dur la dtente idiom be tight-fisted; be stingy
tre en boule idiom be hopping mad; be furious
tre en panne idiom be broke; be malfunctioning; be out of order
tre en retard idiom be late
tre en train de idiom be in the process of; be doing
tre facile vivre idiom be easy to get along with
tre fichu idiom be done for; be done in
tre fleur bleu idiom to be sentimental
tre fort idiom do well; be well
tre gav idiom be fed up
tre grand temps idiom be high time
tre habill comme las de
idiom be dressed like a scarecrow; be dressed any which way
tre hardi comme un coq
idiom to be a showoff
sur son fumier
tre haut comme trois
idiom to be small
tre heureux comme un
idiom to be as happy as a clam at high tide
poisson dans leau
tre jet(e) idiom be crazy; be cracked
tre la bete noire idiom to be the person that no one likes
tre le dindon de la farce idiom play the fool; be the goat
tre les bienvenues idiom be welcome
tre maigre comme un clou idiom to be really skinny
tre miro idiom be myopic; be near-sighted
have a crush on someone or something (lit.: to be bitten by
tre mordu(e) de qqn ou
idiom someone or something. n.b.: when used with a thing, the thing is
specified, otherwise, a person is assume
tre nase idiom be out of it; be nuts; be stupid
tre plein aux as idiom to have a lot of money
tre rasoir idiom be boring (lit.: to be rasor)
tre ravi de idiom be delighted to
tre sans histoire idiom be unremarkable (lit.: to be without story)
tre sous les verrous idiom be under lock and key (lit.: to be under the bolts)
tre sur la corde raide idiom be in a tight spot (lit.: be on a tight rope)
tre sur le point de idiom be on the verge of (lit.: to be on the point of)
tre sur le sentier de la
idiom be on the warpath (lit.: to be on the path of/to war)
tre sur les dents idiom be keyed up; be under pressure (lit.: be on the teeth)
tre timbr idiom be nuts
tre tir quatre pingles idiom to be dressed well
tre un bourreau des coeurs idiom be a heartbreaker; be a lady-killer; be a Casanova
tre un cordon bleu idiom to be a good cook
tre une vraie giroutte idiom change with the weather
tre vnre v to be annoyed
eu gard idiom in consideration of; taking into acount
euh idiom filler
examiner sur toutes les
idiom take a hard look at
hyper; worked up; excited (lit.: excited like a flea). 1. Mon pre
excit comme une puce idiom
tait excit comme une puce.
fabriquer v be up to; do
fac n.f university
faillot n.m brown-noser
fair le tour idiom go round; explore; look around
faire acte de idiom make a show of; act like; behave as (lit.: make an act of)
faire amende honorable idiom make amends (lit.: make an honorable amend)
faire antichambre idiom wait humbly or patiently for (lit.: to do the antechamber)
be careful; be cautious; pay attention to. 1. Je fais attention au
faire attention idiom
choix des enveloppes.
go off on ones own; go it alone (lit.: to make separate from the
faire bande part idiom
faire bon march de idiom take little account of
faire bon mnage idiom get along well
faire bouillir la marmite idiom bring home the bacon; be the breadwinner
faire caca idiom go poop; make a number two
faire cavalier seul idiom go it alone (lit.: be a lone rider)
faire chanter idiom blackmail (lit.: to make [someone] sing)
faire chier quelquun v to really annoy someone, to piss someone off
faire chou blanc idiom draw a blank (lit.: make a white cabbage)
faire coup double idiom kill two birds with one stone
faire damner idiom drive someone crazy
faire danser lanse du
idiom pad the bill
faire de faons idiom make a fuss
faire de gaffes idiom make a mistake; do something foolish
faire de lauto-stop idiom hickhike; thumb a ride
faire de lclat idiom create a stir
faire de la route idiom make good progress (on a trip)
faire de vieux os idiom live to a ripe old age
make a fool of ones self. 1. Chez les riches, un homme qui
faire des btises idiom
samuse fait des btises.
faire des courses idiom go shopping; do the shopping
faire des dtours idiom meander; twist about; wind
faire des conomies idiom put money aside; save a bit
faire des conomies de
idiom pinch pennies; be very stingy
bouts de chandelle
faire des conomies de
idiom pinch pennies; be very stingy
bouts de ficelle
faire des histoires idiom make a fuss; carry on
faire des siennes idiom be up to ones old tricks
faire dodo idiom sleep, be asleep
faire du bruit idiom cause a stir
faire du foin idiom kick up a row
faire du ptard v to make a fuss
faire du tralala idiom make a big fuss
faire dune pierre deux
v to kill two birds with one stone
faire cole idiom catch on
faire escale idiom stop over [in air travel]
faire tat de idiom take into account; take into consideration
faire face idiom face; confront
faire fausse route idiom be on the wrong track
faire faux bond idiom leave in the lurch; stand up
faire fte idiom welcome with open arms
faire flche de tout bois idiom use all available means
faire foi de idiom give proof of
faire gaffe v be careful, pay attention
faire la fine bouche idiom turn up ones nose
faire la foire idiom go on a spree
faire la grasse matine idiom sleep in
faire la grue idiom be kept waiting; be left cooling ones heels
faire la joie de idiom delight; please; enthrall
faire la qute idiom take up a collection. 1. Les trois marguilliers firent la qute dans
toutes les maisons.
faire la queue idiom get in line; form a line
faire la sourde oreille v to not listen/hear
faire la tte idiom make a face
faire la tronche idiom sulk; make a face
faire la une idiom make the front page (of a newspaper)
faire lne pour avoir du play dumb [to find out what one wants to know] (lit.: to be a
son donkey to have or get a sound)
faire larticle idiom give a (sales) pitch; boost; push (lit.: make the article)
faire le brave idiom swagger
faire le diable quatre idiom kick up a ruckus
faire le dos rond idiom keep a low profile
faire le guignol idiom kid around; mess around; fool around
faire le mnage idiom clean; clean up; do the cleaning
faire le mur idiom escape; go over the wall
faire le pied de grue idiom stand about; kick ones heels
faire le pitre idiom clown around; fool around
faire le poids idiom bear; carry
faire le poireau idiom be kept waiting; be left cooling ones heels
faire le pont idiom take a long weekend
faire le saut idiom take the plunge
faire lcole buissonnire idiom play hooky; skip school
faire leffet de idiom seem like
pace up and down; pace back and forth (lit.: to go one hundred
faire les cent pas idiom
faire les comptes idiom do the accounts; take care of the accounting
faire les courses idiom do the shopping
faire les quatre cents coups idiom lead a wild life
faire mauvais mnage idiom get along poorly
faire mine de idiom pretend
show off. 1. Elle tait en ge de mariage, et on en faisait montre
faire montre de idiom
en ville.
faire office de idiom act as; be; play to role of; serve as
faire partie de idiom be a member of; be a part of
faire pipi idiom go pee-pee; pee
faire preuve de idiom show; demonstrate
faire qch au nez et la
idiom do sth right under someones nose
barbe de qqn
faire quelques affaires idiom cause trouble
faire raison de qch a qqn idiom explain something to someone
faire sa grosse commission idiom go poop; make a number two
faire sa petite commission idiom go pee; make a number one
faire sa ronde idiom be on ones rounds; be on the beat; be on patrol
faire sauter une
idiom have a traffic ticket canceled; fix a ticket
faire ses bagages idiom pack ones bags
faire ses besoins idiom relieve oneself (lit.: to do ones needs)
faire ses dents idiom cut ones teeth (on) (lit.: make ones teeth)
faire ses politesses idiom make introductions
faire son beurre idiom make a pile (off of someone) (lit.: make ones butter)
faire son deuil de idiom give up hope of; write off
faire table rase idiom make a clean sweep
faire tout un drame de idiom make a big deal out of
faire toute un plat de idiom make a big deal out of
faire toute une histoire de idiom make a big deal out of
faire trempette idiom take a quick dip; swim briefly
faire un chque en bois idiom bounce a check; write a rubber check; pass a check
faire un croche-pied
idiom trip someone up
faire un crochet idiom make a detour
faire un crocs-en-jambe
idiom trip someone up
faire un dtour idiom make a detour
faire un drame idiom make a scene; make a fuss
faire un drle de nez idiom make a funny face
faire un effect idiom create a sensation
faire un entorse idiom bend; stretch [the rules]
faire un pompier idiom give somebody a blow job; go down on (lit.: do a firefighter)
faire un tabac idiom be a hit; succeed
take a walk; take a stroll. 1. Un dimanche elle va faire une tour
faire un tour idiom
aux Champs-Elyses.
faire une bonne action idiom do a good deed
faire une croix sur idiom give up hope for
faire une fin idiom settle down
faire une fleur idiom do someone a favor
faire une fleur idiom do an unexpected favor for
faire une mauvaise farce a
idiom play a dirty trick on someone
faire volte-face idiom do a u-turn; turn around
Fais voir v Show me / Let me see
fait comme un rat idiom cornered (lit.: made like a rat)
fanzine n.m fanzine; fan magazine
farfelu adj eccentric
farfouiller v to rummage
fastoche adj easy
fauch adj broke
faucher v steal; swipe
fausser compagnie qqn idiom give someone the slip
faut pas pousser mm dans
idiom dont push grandma in the poison ivy
les orties
Faut que jparte maintenant idiom I have to leave now.
faux jeton idiom two-sided, hypocritical (politician)
feignant adj lazy
feignasse n.f lazy bum; lazy person
Ferme ta gueule ! inter Shut up!
fermer clef idiom lock up; lock
fermer double tour idiom double-lock
fermer la marche idiom bring up the rear
fermer la porte au nez de
idiom shut the door in someones face
ferr glace idiom very knowledgable; ready for anything
ferr en idiom well up on; knowledgable about
feuj n.m jew (n.b.: verlan for jeuf)
fiche la trouille idiom to scare somebody
ficher le camp idiom split; get out; be gone
very proud (n.b.: an expression from the comic Coluche; the
fier comme bar-tabac idiom
original expression was fier comme Arbatan)
filer v go; leave suddenly; run away. 1. File dans ta chambre.
filer langlaise idiom take French leave
filer de largent idiom give money
filer doux idiom keep a low profile
filer entre les doigts de qqn idiom slip through ones fingers
filer le parfait amour idiom spin out loves sweet dream
filer le train idiom follow someone
filer qch qqn idiom give something to someone
filer qqn v tail someone; shadow someone
filer un coup de poing qqn idiom punch someone
filer un coup de vieux idiom make sb feel old
filer un mauvais coton idiom fall into bad ways; be in a bad way
filer une baffe idiom to slap someone
fillette n.f little girl
fin bec idiom gourmet
fine gueule idiom gourmet
fine mouche idiom sly devil
finie la rigolade idiom the party is over; the fun is over
finir en queue de poisson idiom fizzle out; peter out
fiston n.m son; boy; lad; sonny
flairer le danger idiom sense danger
flairer qch de louche idiom smell a rat; be suspicious
flambant neuf idiom brand new
flasher sur quelquun idiom to have a crush on someone
flemmard/-e n.m./f lazybones
flemmard/-e adj lazy; useless; bone-idle
flemmarder v lounge around; loaf
flemmardise n.f laziness; idleness
flemme n.f laziness
flic n.m cop, police, copper, pig
flicage n.f heavy policing; strong police presence
flicaille n.f the fuzz; the pigs; the cops
flicard n.m cop; pig
flingue n gun; rifle
flinguer v shoot down; criticize violently
flipper v to go crazy, flip out
flirter v to flirt
flotte n.f water
flotter v to rain
tendency among Parisians to eat haphazardly, as they like at the
fooding n.m
fou adj crazy, nuts, insane
foufoune n.f bush; genital hair on a woman (n.b.: often abbreviated as fouf)
fourrer v to cram, stick, shove
fourrer son nez dans les
idiom meddle in sb elses business
affaires de qqn
Fous le camp ! inter F you!
Fous-moi la paix ! inter Leave me alone! Give me a break!
foutre v fuck; have sex; put; place; do
foutre le bordel idiom to make a mess
foutre le camp idiom flee; get out; fuck off
foutrement adv extremely
foutu, -e adj damned; bloody
frangin n.m brother
frangine n.f sister
fric n.m money
frigo n.m refrigerator
frimer v to show off
frimeur n.m showoff
fringale n.f raging hunger
fringu v dressed
fringues n.f clothing
froid de canard idiom really cold weather
froussard n.m/f chicken; coward
frousse n.f fright; fear
frousse quelquun idiom to scare somebody
fumer v be angry; be upset
fumer comme un pompier idiom smoke like a chimney; smoke a lot (lit.: some like a firefighter)
fumier n.m a disparaging remark applied to a man
furax adv furious, angry
fut n.m pants (n.b.: abbreviation of futal)
futal n.m pants
fut adj cunning, crafty, sly
gagner du temps idiom make up time
gagner les doigts dans le
idiom win easily
drag; bother; problem. (n.b.: This expression comes from
Molire:Quallait-il donc faire dans cette galre? est une
galre n.f
rplique de la pice Les fourberies de Scapin). 1. Quelle
galre! 2. Il a connu des annes de galre.
galrer v sweat blood; struggle; have a hard time
gambette n.f leg
gamin n.m kid, brat
gamin(e) n.f child, kid; little girl
gang n.m gang (usually said of criminals)
gant n.m condom
garce n.f bitch
garder la tte froide idiom to keep ones calm
have a grudge against somebody; hold a grudge against
garder une dent contre idiom
somebody (lit.: hold the tooth against)
garnement n.m imp; rascal
gars n.m guy, man
gteux, -euse n.m/f dotard, old fool
gav v stuffed (ate too much)
gaver v to be sick of
gavroche n.m street urchin, punk
gnial adj great, fun
gerber v puke; vomit
gerbos n.m gross, disgusting
gigots n.pl thighs
givr adj crazy
Gla gla ! inter Brrrrrrr!
glander v to waste time, to bum around
glandouiller v to waste time, to bum around
gniard n.m brat
gnle n.f hooch
gnon n.m blow (with a fist)
gober v to believe naively / to fall for
godasse n.f shoe
godiche adj oafish; lump-like
gogol n.m fool
goinfre n.m pig, greedy pig
gonfler v annoy someone; piss someone off (lit.: pump up; inflate)
gonfler quelquun idiom to get on someones nerves, be a pain
gonzesse n.f woman, girl, chick
gosse n.m/f kid [be careful: this means testicles in Quebecois French!]
gouape n.m punk, hooligan
goter v try; sample
grailler v eat
grande surface n.f supermarket (lit.: large surface).
grat(t)os adj free, no charge
gratis adj free, no charge
gratos adj free, free of charge
really; very; intensely (n.b.: used as an intensifier or to give more
grave (de chez grave) adj
emphasis). 1. Il est tar, mais grave de chez grave.
griller un feu idiom run a light
grippe-sou n.f penny pincher
grolle n.f shoe
gros bonnet idiom big wig ; big cheese
very big ; huge ; at a distance. 1. Je lai vu venir gros comme une
gros comme une maison idiom
gros mots idiom vulgar words, dirty words
grosse brioche idiom fat stomach; paunch; gut; beer belly
gueule n.f mouth
gueuleton n.m feast, huge spread of food
guibole n.f leg
guignard n.m unlucky person
guignarde n.f unlucky person
guigne n.f bad luck
guimbarde n.f old car; jalopy; moped (lit.: Jews harp)
gyneco [gyncologue] n.m gynecologist
haut de gamme idiom high-end; high-quality; top-knotch
haut la main idiom hands up
H les gas idiom hey guys
herbe n.f marijuana; pot (lit.: grass)
heures supp idiom overtime (abbr. of heures supplementaires)
Hexagone n.m France (lit.: hexagon, so named because of Frances shape)
histoire n.f problems, struggles, fuss
histoire de idiom a matter of
Ho ! H ! inter Wow! or Hey!
Hol ! inter Hey! Whoa!
Hop l ! inter Got it! There ya go! Whoopsie-daisy!
HS [hors-service] adj really tired, exhausted
hyper adj very, ultra
il en est ainsi idiom thats the way it is
il en perd pas une miette idiom he doesnt miss a thing; nothing gets by him
il est connu comme le loup
idiom he is known all over (lit.: he is known like the white wolf)
il est fleur bleue idiom he is naive; he is sentimental
Il fait du ptard quand les
choses ne vont pas comme idiom He makes a fuss when things arent how he wants them to be.
il veut
il fait un temps ne pas
idiom its horrible weather outside
mettre le nez dehors
il fait un temps de chien idiom the weather is terrible
il faut mnager la chvre et
idiom you have to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
le chou
Il glande tous les jours chez
idiom He does nothing all day at home.
il nen est rien idiom nothing of the sort
calm down; no rush; wheres the fire (n.b.: used in Switzerland,
il ny a pas le feu au lac idiom
not France)
il ne faut pas dshabiller
idiom you shouldnt rob Paul to pay Peter
Pierre pour payer Paul
calm down; no rush; wheres the fire (n.b.: used mostly in
il ny a pas le feu idiom
il pleut comme vache qui
idiom its pouring / its really coming down
il pleut des cordes idiom its raining cats and dogs (lit.: its raining in ropes)
il sagit de idiom have to do with; comes to
il sappelle reviens idiom something said when lending something to someone
Il slve de bonne heure idiom He gets up early.
its raining cats and dogs (lit.: halbreds are falling; n.b.: note:
il tombe des hallebardes idiom
hallebardes among other things can be used in this idiom)
il vous en cuira idiom youll be sorry; youll regret it
il y a anguille sous la roche idiom I smell a rat
theres something in the wind; theres a catch (lit.: there is an eel
il y a anguille sous roche idiom
under a rock)
il y a des lustres idiom a long time ago
il y a du beau monde idiom be stacked; be well endowed; have big boobs
il y avait une fois idiom once upon a time (lit.: there once was a time)
il y va de idiom its a question of; what is at stake is (lit.: it goes for)
Ils sen foutent des jeunes idiom They dont care about young people.
impec adj great, terrific
invit dhonneur idiom guest of honor
ir fort idiom do well; be well
jen mettrais ma main
idiom Id stake my life on it
jen mettrais ma main au
idiom Id stake my life on it
jacasser v talk a lot; blab
jacter v to speak, chatter
jamais de la vie idiom never; not on your life
jamais deux sans trois idiom something thats happened twice, will happen a third time
jambons n.pl thighs
Je men fiche idiom I dont care.
Je men fous idiom I dont care.
Je men tape idiom I dont give a f
Je men fous de tes
idiom I dont care about your problems.
je ne te demande pas mind your own business; its none of your business; who asked
lheure quil est you?
Je nen reviens pas idiom I cant believe it
Je suis prems idiom Im first!
Je vais jeter un il idiom Ill take a look
je vous ai/tai demand
idiom was I talking to you? (lit.: Did I ask you the time?)
je vous en donne mon billet idiom you can take my word for it
Jen ai marre de ces pubs idiom Im so sick of these ads!
Jen ai rien foutre idiom I dont care. [stronger] / I dont give a damn.
jeter de lhuile sur le feu idiom stir up a quarrel; add fuel to the fire
jeter de lhuile sur le feu idiom to add fuel to the fire
jeter largent par les
idiom squander money; throw money out the window
jeter un coup doeil idiom look around
jetter quelquun dans la
idiom to throw someone to the wolves
fosse aux lions
jogging n.m jogging suit
joint n.m joint; spliff (of marijuana)
play tag (lit.: to play cat; n.b.: cest toi le chat means youre it in
jouer chat idiom
the game)
jouer la comdie idiom put on an act
jouer son joker idiom play ones trump card
joujoux n.m toys
journal de cul idiom porn magazine; dirty magazine (lit.: magazine of the ass)
jules n.m boyfriend, lover
ken v fuck (verlan for niquer)
keuf v cop; pig (verlan for flic)
keuf n.m cop
keum n.m guy; pal; buddy; fellow (verlan for the slang word mec)
keum n.m guy
kif(f)er v get high on; get off on
kiffer v to like
kif-kif idiom same difference; its the same
kiki n.m dick; peter; willie (n.b.: childrens usage)
kin [kinsithrapeute] n.m physiotherapist
laffaire est dans le sac idiom its in the bag (lit.: the matter is in the sack)
lchapper belle idiom have a close call; make a narrow escape
lembarras du choix idiom too much to choose from
lemporter sur idiom get the better of; win out over
lesprit de lescalier idiom belated wit
lt de la Saint-Martin idiom Indian summer
la barbe idiom damn; blast (lit.: the beard; n.b.: introjection but not vulgar)
la belle affaire idiom big deal; so what (lit.: the nice matter)
la belle avance idiom a lot of good that will do (lit.: the nice advance; n.b.: ironic)
la belle saison idiom warm weather; warm months
la bte noire idiom a pet peeve (lit.: the black creature)
la bouffe n. food
la brebis galeuse de la
idiom black sheep of the family
la classe idiom awesome
la court chelle idiom a boost; a hand up; a leg up
la fable de la ville idiom a laughingstock
la fable du quartier idiom a laughingstock
La ferme ! inter Shut up!
la fin de fins idiom at the end; in the end; ultimately
la moutarde lui monte au
idiom he/she is getting angry
la plupart de(s) idiom most, most of, the majority of
la vache idiom wow
Lche-moi les baskets ! inter Give me a break! Leave me alone!
Laisse bton ! inter Nevermind! Forget it!
laisse pisser idiom forget it; let it go (lit.: let it piss)
laisser de ct idiom set aside; put aside; leave
lapin n.m kid, child
lardons n.m kids
larguer v to leave, dump (a person)
lascar n.m shrewd dude, great guy; no-good bum
give someone a free hand; leave someone a free hand; give
lasser la bride sur le cou idiom
someone free reign
lavoir dans les dents idiom be screwed
le bouc missaire idiom scapegoat
le boulot n.m job
le bruit court idiom rumor has it
le cas chant idiom if need be
le champ est libre idiom the coast is clear
the Milky Way (from the legend that sas the remains of saint
le chemin saint Jacques idiom James were discovered at Compostella in Galicia, Spain, by
bishop Theodomir, who
le coup de foudre idiom love at first sight
le coup de ltrier idiom one for the road
le dessous des cartes idiom what goes on behind the scenes
le dessous des carts idiom the real story
le dessus du panier idiom the cream of the crop; the pick of the litter
le dindon de la farce idiom scapegoat
le droit chemin idiom the straight and narrow
le fin fond de idiom the depths of
le fin mot de lhistoire idiom the real point to the story
le plus clair de idiom the greater part of (lit.: the clearer of)
le pour et le contre idiom the pros and the cons
le shit n.m marijuana
lche-bottes n.m ass-kisser, suck-up
lche-cul n.m kiss ass; ass kisser; suck-up
lche-vitrines idiom window-shopping (lit.: licking windows)
your goose is cooked; youre (were) done for (lit.: the carrots are
les carottes sont cuites idiom
les coins et recoins idiom the ins and outs
les deux font la paire idiom they are two of a kind
les doigts dans le nez idiom easily
les faux frais idiom incidentals
les mains en jumelles sur
idiom hands making binoculars over his eyes
ses yeux
les pdales idiom to lose ones mind
lessiv adj really tired, exhausted
lever le nez idiom raise ones head
lve-tard n.m sleepy head, someone who cannot wake up early
Lhabit ne fait pas le moine idiom Clothes doesnt make the man.
lhosto [lhpital] n.m hospital
lifting n.m face lift
lolo n.m milk
loloches n.m.pl tits, breasts
lolos n.m.pl tits, breasts
loseille n.m money
louche idiom fishy, shifty
louette n.f girlfriend, lover
loufoque adj crazy person; nut
loulou n.m boyfriend, lover
louper v to miss
lov adj cuddly, snuggly
lune n.f buttocks
ma tante est l idiom have ones period; be menstruating; be on the rag
not likely, dream on (from Algerian argot, makans, there is
macache n..f
machin n.m thingamajig; thing; whats his name
magot n.m loot; nest egg, savings; pile, tidy sum
maille n.f money, cash
mal propos idiom at the wrong time; at a bad time
mal baise n.f frigid bitch
mal barr adv in dire straits / screwed
mal fichu adv sick
mal foutu adv in dire straits / screwed
malabar n.m muscleman
malin n.m/f troublesome person
mamie n.f grandma
manger loeil idiom eat for free
manger comme un cochon idiom be a messy eater
manger de la vache enrage idiom go through hard times; have very lean times
pick at ones food; eat half-heartedly (lit.: eat from the tips of the
manger du bout des dents idiom
manger les pissenlits par la
idiom push up daisies; be dead
manger sur le pouce idiom have a bite to eat; eat on the run
manouche n.m/f gypsy; gypsey language
marche comme sur des
idiom go smoothy; go like clockwork (lit.: go as though on casters)
marcher cot de ses
idiom be out of it (lit.: walk next to ones shoes)
marcher pas de loup idiom to walk silently
Marie couches-toi-l idiom easy lay; a woman who will sleep with anyone
marmots n.m kids
marquer un tournant idiom make a turning point
marrant adj funny
mater v to look
mter v get a look at; get a load of
mater la tloche idiom to watch TV
mater quelquun idiom to check out (someone)
maton, -ne n.m/f prison guard
matos (m) n.m equipment; gear
matou (m) n.m cat; tomcat
mauvais plan idiom bad idea
mcdo n.m McDonalds
mec n.m guy, fellow
mcano n.m mechanic; grease monkey
do something for free in exchange for getting credit for having
mcnat de competence idiom
done it (lit.: partronage competence)
mega adj very, ultra
mm n.f grandma
mener la baguette idiom rule with an iron hand; boss around (lit.: lead with a rod)
mener en bateau idiom to lead someone on, to lie
merde n.f shit
Merde ! inter Shit! [not as strong as in English] / Break a leg!
train-work-sleep (n.b.: said of the life of a hardworking Parisian
metro-boulot-dodo idiom
who has only time for these three things)
mettre la porte idiom show someone out; show someone the door
mettre au clou idiom to hock, pawn
mettre au fait idiom make aware
mettre au piquet idiom make someone stand in the corner
mettre au point idiom create
mettre des btons dans les
idiom throw a monkey wrench into someones busy
roues de qqn
mettre du beurre dans les
idiom to help financially
mettre en action idiom put into action; set in action
mettre en gage idiom pawn
mettre en rang idiom line up
mettre en route idiom start; set in motion; get underway
mettre la charue avant les
idiom to put the cart before the horse
mettre la clef sous la porte idiom close down a business; stop a professional activity
mettre la gomme idiom accelerate
mettre la main sur idiom get ones hands on; lay ones hands on; collar
mettre le doigt dans loeil idiom have a problem; have another thing coming
mettre les pieds dans le plat idiom to say/do something stupid
mettre qqn en bote idiom make fun of someone; pull someones leg
mettre qqn. au parfum idiom give someone the lowdown
meuf n.f girl, woman
Miam ! inter Yum!
Miam miam ! inter Yum yum!
mijoter v cook up; hatch (a plot)
mille millions de mille damn; drat (n.b.: from Capitaine Haddock in Tintin; rarely used
sabords nowadays but well known)
mimi adj cute; adorable
minable adj hopeless, useless, pathetic
Mince! inter Darn! Dang it!
minet n.f cat, pussycat; pussy (female genitalia)
minet n.m kitty
minette n.f woman, girl, chick
minou n.f cat
mioche n.f little kid, child
mirettes n.f eyes
moche adj ugly
mme n.m kid; child; boy
mme n.m/f kid, brat
mon cul idiom my ass
a little bird told me; somebody told me (lit.: my little finger told
mon petit doigt me la dit idiom
monde au balcon (il y a) idiom stacked be; have big tits
monde, il y a du idiom that packs a punch, thats really something
monter en chandelle idiom climb vertically
monter sur le billard idiom go under the knife
monter sur ses grands
idiom to get angry
montrer de quel bois on se
idiom show what one is made of
montrer le bout de son nez idiom show up; appear
morbac n.m crab
morfaler v pig out; gorge; eat gluttonously
morfler v suffer
mort adj really tired, exhausted
morveux n.m kids
cop, police, copper, pig (n.b.: only used for police on
motard n.m
mou adj flabby
mouflet n.m kid; child; boy
moufter v bat an eyelid ; blink
moule n.f vagina; pussy
mourir dennui idiom die of boredom
mourir en hros idiom die a heros death
moutards n.m kids
ncouter que dune oreille idiom be only half-listening
ntre jamais sorti de son
idiom never have been out of ones own yard; live in a cave
nana n.f chick
nase adj really tired, exhausted
navet n.m trashy book or movie; turkey (movie)
navoir plus un radis idiom have nothing; be broke (lit.: have not even one bean)
ne douter de rien idiom have a lot of nerve
ne faire ni une ni deux idiom not hesitate a moment
ne faire quune bouche de idiom make short work of; set about [doing something] quickly
ne faites pas lenfant idiom act your age
ne lentendre pas de cette
idiom not to go along with
ne pas avoir froid aux yeux idiom to not be scared
ne pas avoir la langue dans
idiom to be talkative
sa poche
ne pas desserrer les dents idiom not utter a word
ne pas tre dans son assiette idiom be out of sorts; be out of it
ne pas tre de la dernire
idiom to not be born yesterday
ne pas faire de cadeau idiom not to let off lightly
ne pas faire de doute idiom be beyond question
ne pas lever le nez idiom to concentrate on something
ne pas pouvoir saquer qqn idiom not stand someone; be unable to tolerate someone
ne pas sentir quelquun idiom to not like, not be able to stand someone
ne pas valoir les quatre fers be worthless; be worth nothing (lit.: not be worth the four paws
dun chien of a dog)
ne pas y aller avec le dos de idiom to not be subtle about something
la cuillire
ne rien faire de ses dix
idiom to be lazy
nnette n.f woman, girl, chick
ntre jamais sorti de son
idiom live in a cave; live under a rock
nez nez idiom nose to nose, face to face
ni une ni deux idiom without hesitating, very fast
no one will be the wiser; no one will know. 1. Mais je me dis ni
ni vu ni connu idiom
vu ni connu.
nichons n.m breasts
nickel adj very clean
niquer v fuck; screw
nom + de malheur adj darned + noun
nom + denfer ad really good + noun
no way; I cant believe it (n.b.: an interjection to express disbelief
non, mais des fois idiom
or confusion)
nonos n.m.pl bone (for a dog)
nouille n.f idiot; big lump
nounours n.m teddy bear
null adj bad; weak; poor. 1. Je suis nulle en math et gomtrie.
nunuche adj silly, stupid
ny voir que du feu idiom to be taken in / to be had
occas n.f occasion (pronounced okaz)
oh bonne mre idiom good god
Oh la vache ! inter Oh wow!
oh mon dieu idiom good god
Oh pure ! inter Oh my goodness!
youre not at home (i.e.: youre in a place where you should
on est pas chez Mamie ici idiom behave better, for instance not burp at the table without excusing
on ne peut plus idiom cant take any more; cannot do any more
On sen fout de foot ! inter We dont care about soccer!
On voit que dalle idiom You cant see anything
ordi n.m computer (from ordinateur)
oseille n.m money, cash (lit.: sorrel)
ouam adv to me
ouat adv to you
ouf adj crazy (n.b.: verlan for fou)
Ouf ! inter Phew!
Oue ! idiom Ouch !
Ouille ! idiom Ouch !
Oups ! inter Oops!
P.D. n.m pdraste (pd); homosexual, gay
pageot n.m bed
paluche n.f hand
Pan ! inter Bang!
Paname n Paris (n.b.: used in the suburbs of Paris to refer to that city)
panard n.m foot
panne doreiller idiom lie in; sleep in (lit.: a pillow failure)
papoter v to chatter, gossip
pappy n.m grandpa
just to be sure; ste ones mind at rest (lit.: for receipt of
par acquit de conscience idiom
par bonheur idiom fortunately, luckily
par contre idiom on the other hand (lit.: for against)
par endroits idiom here and there; in places; in spots
par le fait idiom in point of fact
par mesure de prcaution idiom as a precautionary measure
talk about this and that; talk about little things (lit.: talk over
parler btons rompus idiom
broken sticks)
parler quelquun brle-
idiom to ask someone point-blank
parler une langue comme
idiom to speak a language really badly
une vache espagnole
partir du bon pied idiom get off to a good start
partir en guerre idiom go to war; launch a war
partir en live idiom go nuts
leave in a flash; race off (lit.: to leave belly-to-ground. Note that
partir ventre terre idiom this is used can be in reference to taking flight from a criminal
pas mal de idiom a lot of
pas terrible adv not good
search thoroughly; go through something with a fine-toothed
passer au peigne fin idiom
comb (lit.: to pass through a fine comb)
passer du coq lne idiom to change subjects quickly
passer sur le billard idiom to have an operation
reprimand someone; give someone a good dressing-down (lit.: to
passer un savon qqn idiom
pass a bar of soap to/over someone)
passer une nuit blanche idiom to spend a sleepless night
patapouf n.m/f fatso, tub of lard
patraque adj slightly sick, ill; under the weather
patte n.f leg
paum adj lost; bewildered
paumer v to lose
pauvre con idiom poor jerk, poor fool
payer les pots casss idiom pay the piper; suffer the consequences
pbroc n.m umbrella
pbroque n.m umbrella (n.b.: usually parapluie in normal French)
pdaler dans la semoule idiom take leave of ones senses
pdraste n.m homosexual, gay
peinard adj calm, tranquil
grope; feel up; paw (at); pet (n.b.: as in heavy petting, not as
peloter v
applied to petting a cat or dog)
peloter v to grope, fondle
pnard adj calm, tranquil
pendre la crmaillre idiom to have a house-warming party
people n.m celebrities
pp n.m grandpa
ppin n.m umbrella
percuter v understand suddenly; realize
perdre la boule idiom to lose ones mind
perdre la main idiom lose the lead
perdre la tte idiom lose ones mind
perdre son temps des
idiom spend ones time on trivial, irrelevant matters
ptard n.m gun / joint
ptasse n.f slut; bitch
pt adj drunk
pter v fart; bash, smash, break
pter la gueule idiom beat someone up
pter la tronche idiom beat someone up
pter les plombs idiom blow a fuse; snap (i.e.: become very angry very quickly)
pter un cable idiom to go crazy
pter un cbl idiom blow a fuse
pter une durite idiom blow a fuse
petit petit idiom slowly, little by little
petit jour idiom day-break
petite nature idiom delicate; fragile; hothouse orchid. 1. Elle est une petite nature.
pze n.m money
pfff idiom filler
phnomene n.m character, card
piaf n.m bird
piaule n.f bedroom
picole n.f alcohol, booze
picoler v drink (alcohol)
picoleur n.m drinker
picoleuse n.f drinker
pieu n.m bed
pif n.m nose, schnozz
pif n.m nose
stand; tolerate (n.b.: always used in the negative, as in cannot
piffer v
stand or tolerate)
pige n.f year
piger v to understand, to get (it)
pile-poil n.f on the dot; on the nose; exactly
pinard n.m cheap wine
pince n.f hand
pioncer v to sleep
pipol n.m celebrities
piquer v steal; nick; swipe
piquer du nez idiom be tired; snooze; doze off
piquer un fard idiom blush
piquer un roupillon idiom take a nap
pisser v piss; pee; urinate
pisser de la copie idiom churn out trash, rubbish (lit.: piss out material)
pisser dessus idiom no give a shit about; not care about (lit.: piss on something)
pissotire n.f urinal (in the street)
place du mort n.f passengers seat in the front of a car (lit.: the deads seat)
plancher v to be grilled/interrogated by a teacher
planer v be high; be stoned
planquer v hide
plaquer v abandon; ditch
play-back n.m lip-synching
plein adj drunk
pleuvoir torrents idiom pour with rain; pour
plombe n.f hour (used only at the hour exactly). 1. Il est trois plombes.
plumard n.m bed
pochtron n.m drunkard
pognon n.m cash; money
pognon n.m money
pointer son nez idiom show up; appear
poireauter v be kept waiting; be left cooling ones heels
poisse n.f bad luck
poivrot n.m drunkard
pompe n.f shoe
pomp adj pooped; dead-beat; knackered; exhausted
pomper v copy (in school)
pomper lair qqn idiom get on someones nerves
pompes n.f.pl shoes
pompette adj tipsy; tiddly; slightly drunk
pompier n.m blow job; oral sex (lit.: firefighter)
poser un fox idiom vomit
poser un lapin qqn idiom stand someone up (date)
pot n.m luck, good fortune, drink
potache n.m student
potasser v to study hard, to cram
pote n.m pal; buddy
potin n.m gossip
potins n.m.pl gossip
pou n.m ugly person (mean!)
pouffiasse n.f bitch (abbreviated as pouf)
poulet n.m cop; police; copper; pig (lit.: chicken)
pour ainsi dire idiom so to speak (lit.: to say as such)
pour comble de malheur idiom to crown it all; to top it all (lit.: for the summit of misfortune)
pour de rire idiom for fun
pour de vrai idiom for real; seriously; really
pour lamour du ciel idiom for heavens sake
pour plus de prcaution idiom to be on the safe side
pour une bouche de pain idiom for next to nothing; for a song
prendre au mot idiom do what someone says; take action based on someones words
prendre de court idiom catch someone unawares; take someone aback
prendre de la bouteille idiom become mellow; grow mellow
prendre lhabitude idiom be in the habit of; make a habit of
prendre la fuite idiom run away; take off
prendre la lune avec les
idiom to try to do the impossible
prendre la peine idiom take the trouble
prendre la poudre
idiom to leave quickly
prendre la relve de idiom take over from
prendre la tte quelquun idiom to annoy someone
prendre le chou idiom be annoyed by
prendre le large idiom clear off; make scarce; take the lead
prendre ses jambes son
idiom to leave quickly
prendre son courage deux
idiom summon up ones courage
prendre son point dappui idiom take a stand
prendre un bain de foule idiom mingle with a crowd; work a crowd
prendre une cuite idiom to get wasted/plastered
prendre une rsolution idiom make up ones mind
presqule n.f peninsula
pression n.f draft beer
prter le flanc idiom attack
prof n.m prof, professer
prolo n.m working class
propre-sur-soi idiom squeaky clean
propritaire n.f landlady
proprio n.m landlord
pruneau n.m bullet; slug (lit.: prune)
psy [psychologue] n.m psychologist
Putain ! inter [the general all-purpose swear word in French]
putain de bordel de merde idiom damn it (n.b.: vulgar)
putain de ta race idiom damn it (lit.: whore of your race)
Quand les poules auront des
idiom When pigs fly
quand bien mme idiom even if, even though
quand mme idiom even though, all the same, still
quand on parle du loup idiom speak of the devil
quant idiom as for; with respect to
quatre quatre idiom quickly
que dalle idiom nothing; nothing at all
quelle mouche la piqu(e) idiom whats the matter with him/her
ququette n penis (n.b.: child talk)
quiche n.f stupid person
quille n.f leg
rab n.m extra, seconds; overtime
rabais adv discount
racaille n.f scum
racle n.f scolding
raconter des histoires
idiom to tell tall tales
dormir debout
raconter des salades idiom lie; tell tall tales
radin adv cheap
radin, -e n.m.pl stingy, miserly; miser
radiner idiom to show up
radinerie n.f miserliness, stinginess
raffoler de quelque chose idiom to be crazy about something
ragots n.pl rumors, gossip, the dirt
raide adj broke
ramasser une veste idiom lose ones shirt; lose badly (in an election)
rancart n.m meeting; rendez-vous
raser les murs idiom keep a low profile (lit.: shave the walls)
rat n.m loser
raton(ne) n.m/f boy or girl (use the appropriate ending, of course)
rebattre les oreilles idiom to repeat the same story over and over
rchauff adj old, already known
recommencer zro idiom start from scratch
rgaler v to treat, pay
regarder en chiens de
idiom glare at each other; look at each other
relooking n.m makeover
relou adj heavy/sucks
rencard n.m date
rendre compte idiom account for
rendre service idiom be of service; render service; do a favor for
rendre visite idiom visit someone
rentrer dans ses pnates idiom go home to
repcher v to find
reprendre ses billes idiom to renege on a deal
repu adv full (of food)
requinquer v to perk up
rester bouche be idiom to be speechless
rester bouche cousue idiom to not say anything; keep a secret
rester en vie idiom remain alive; stay alive
rester sec idiom be stumped
rester sur sa faim idiom remain unsatisfied
resto n.m restaurant
retirer une pine du pied
idiom to do someone a big favor
reuch adj expensive
reum n.f mother
reup n.m father
revenir ses moutons idiom to get back to the subject
revenir sur ses pas idiom retrace ones steps
Revenons nos moutons idiom Lets get back to the subject
ricain(e) adj American
richard n.m very wealthy man
Rien que den parler idiom Just talking about it
rien que pour moi idiom for myself alone; just for myself
rififi n.m fight
rigoler v to laugh
rigolo adj fun, amusing
ringard adj old fashioned, out of style
ripaton n.m shoe
riquiqui n.m pinkie finger
rire idiot idiom laugh insanely
rire au nez de qqn idiom to laugh at someone
laugh on the other side of ones face; not find something funny
rire en jaune idiom
(lit.: laugh in yellow)
rmiste n.m someone who earns the jobseekers allowance (RMI)
rogaton n.m piece of junk, scrap, slop
rompol n.m detective novel (from roman policier)
rond adj drunk
ronger son frein idiom champ at the bit; barely contain ones impatience
roter v to burp
roubignole n.f testicle
roublard adv devious, cunning
rouler sur lor idiom be rolling in money; be rich
rouler un patin idiom to French kiss someone
rouler une pelle idiom French kiss; tongue kiss
roupiller v to sleep
rouscailler v to complain
rouspter v to complain, moan
rudement adv very, terribly
rus n crafty person; sly person
rus comme un renard idiom sly as a fox; cunning as a fox
rus comme un vieux
idiom sly as a fox; cunning as an old fox
sacheter une conduite idiom go straight; turn over a new leaf (lit.: to buy oneself a conduit)
sannoncer bien idiom look good; be off to a good start (lit.: to announce itself good)
sannoncer mal idiom look bad; be off to a bad start (lit.: to announce itself bad)
saplatir devant idiom grovel before; crawl before (lit.: to flatten onself in front of)
sempiffrer v wolf down; gobble up; snarf
sen branler v not give a damn
sen donner coeur joie idiom have a great time; have a whale of a time
sen porter comme une
idiom be fit as a fiddle
sen prendre idiom attack; assault; insult
sen rendre compte idiom be aware; notice
sen tenir bon compte idiom get off lightly
sen vouloir idiom blame someone
sennuyer comme un rat
idiom be really bored
sentendre comme chien et
idiom not to get along
sentendre comme larrons
idiom be as thick as thieves
en foire
sac puces idiom cat; fea bag (lit.: bag of fleas)
saisir la balle au bond idiom seize the ball on the rebound; jump at an opportunity
salaud n.m bastard; swine; pig
sal adj expensive (a bill)
salope n.f bitch
saloperie n.f piece of junk; mean trick played on someone; shit
saloperie de idiom piece of shit
sans blague idiom youre joking; youre kidding; no joke; no fooling
sans bourse dlier idiom without spending anything
sans doute idiom probably, maybe, perhaps
sans clat idiom quietly, discreetly
sans faon idiom unpretentiously
sans fard idiom plainly; openly (lit.: without rouge)
sans foi ni loi idiom without any sense of decency (lit.: without faith or law)
sans prcaution idiom carelessly; recklessly
sans rancune idiom no hard feelings
sans relche idiom tirelessly, ceaselessly
youre joking; youre kidding; no joke; no fooling (lit.: without
sans rire idiom
sans sou ni maille idiom without a penny; without a cent
sant idiom cheers
saoul adj drunk
sap v dressed
sarracher v leave; split (lit.: to tear oneself [apart])
sauce n.f scolding, shower
sauf erreur idiom unless someone is mistaken
sauf votre respect idiom with due reverence to you; with all due respect
sauter v fuck
sauter au cou de qqn. idiom hug; throw ones arms around someones neck
sauter au plafond idiom be very, very angry (and surprised); hit the ceiling
jump from one subject to another (lit.: jump from the rooster to
sauter du coq lne idiom
the donkey)
schlinguer v stink; reek
schlinguer v to stink
scier v to astonish, surprise
se barber v to get bored
se barrer idiom to leave
se bercer dillusions idiom harbor illusions; be deluded (lit.: to cradle illusions)
se bidonner v laugh
se bouffer le nez idiom be at each others throats
se brler la cervelle idiom blow ones brains out
se carapater idiom to run away, escape
se casser v leave; split (lit.: to break apart)
se casser la gueule idiom fall down; take a spill (lit.: to break the mouth)
se casser la tte idiom rack ones brains (lit.: to break ones head)
se casser le nez idiom have no luck; get no answer (lit.: break ones nose)
se casser les dents sur idiom unable to deal with (lit.: break ones teeth on)
se coltiner qqn v put up with someone
se crper le chignon idiom argue with somebody
se creuser la cervelle idiom rack ones brains
se creuser la tte idiom to think really hard
se crever v kill oneself doing something
se crever le cul idiom bust ones balls; slog ones guts out
think a lot of oneself; think the world of oneself; think one is
se croire sorti de la cuisse
idiom Gods gift to the world (lit.: believe oneself to have come from
de Jupiter
the hip of Jupiter)
se croire sorti de la cuisse
idiom to think oneself is better than everyone else
de Jupiter
se damner pour qqc idiom sell ones soul for something
se dbarbouiller idiom to wash your face
se dgonfler v scram; go home; get cold feet
se demander si cest du lard not to know what its about . 1. Avec lui on ne sait jamais si cest
ou du cochon du lard ou du cochon.
se donner les gants de idiom take credit for
se dresser sur ses ergots idiom get ones hackles up
se fcher v get angry; become angry; lose ones temper
se fcher tout rouge idiom be hopping mad; boil with rage,
se faire arnaquer idiom to get ripped off
se faire coiffer au poteau idiom just miss something doing something; be beat by a nose/hair
se faire de la bile idiom stew; brood over
se faire dsirer idiom be long in coming
se faire craser idiom get run over [by a vehicle]
se faire enguirlander idiom get yelled at
se faire tendre idiom to flunk a test
se faire jeter idiom to get denied, turned down
se faire la belle idiom to run away, escape
se faire sauter idiom get laid
se faire un cin idiom to go to the movies
se faire un devoir de idiom make a point of
se faire un film idiom imagine something false; lie to oneself
se faire un resto idiom to go out to eat
se faire une montagne de idiom make too much out of
se faire une raison idiom resign oneself [to something]
se faire une toile idiom to go to the movies
se ficher v not care; not give a damn
se flatter idiom claim; profess; like to think
se fringuer v get dressed
se goinfrer idiom to pig out
se grouiller v hurry; rush
se jeter leau idiom take the plunge; dive in
se jeter dans la gueule du
idiom to put ones hand in the lions mouth
se jouer de qqn idiom deceive someone; fool someone; dupe someone
se la couler douce idiom take it easy; have it easy
se magner (le cul) v hurry
se manger le mur idiom run into a wall
se marrer v laugh
se marrer v to laugh
se marrer idiom to laugh
se mettre table idiom confess (to the police); come clean (lit.: put oneself on the table)
se mettre table idiom to confess, come clean
se mettre au vert idiom to rest in the countryside
se mettre en ptard idiom to get crabby, angry
se mettre en quatre idiom to give oneself a hard task
se mettre le doigt dans
idiom be entirely mistaken; kid oneself
se mettre le doigt dans lil idiom to make a mistake
se mettre sur le dos idiom wear [clothing]
se mettre sur son trente et
idiom to be dressed to kill
se montrer la tte idiom go to ones head
se passer de la pommade
idiom butter someone up
se pavaner idiom to strut about, show off
se payer la tte de qqn idiom make fun of someone
se payer la tte de quelqu-
idiom to pull someones leg
se peler les miches idiom to freeze ones ass off
se planter idiom to make a mistake / to fall
se pointer idiom to show up
se prendre une gamelle idiom fall
se prendre une veste idiom to get denied, turned down
se remettre de quelquun idiom to get over someone
se saigner aux quatre veines idiom sweat blood
se saper v get dressed
se taper idiom to pig out
se taper 10 bornes pied idiom to walk 10 kilometers
se taper lincruste idiom join a group of people when uninvited; barge in
se tirer idiom to leave
se tourner les pouces idiom do nothing; be inactive (lit.: twirl the thumbs)
se trouver nez nez avec
idiom meet someone by chance
se vautrer v wallow; wallow in; slouch; sprawl
se viander v fall; fall down
sche n.f cigarette
scher un cours idiom to skip class
sclater v to have fun
semer la zizanie idiom sow discord; put at loggerheads
sempiffrer idiom to pig out
get along; make ends meet; manage. 1. Ma famille ntait pas
sen tirer idiom
riche, mais on sen tirait.
sengueuler v to have fun
sentendre comme chien et
idiom to get along like cats and dogs
serrer v arrest; pick up a woman
serrer le kiki idiom throttle somebody; grab somebody by the throat; choke
shorty n.m boy short underwear for women
si encore idiom if only; at least
smicard n.m someone who earns minimum wage (SMIC)
snob adj snobby; stuck up
sonn(e) adj cracked; off ones rocker; groggy
sortir en trombe idiom leave in a rush
sortir son joker idiom play ones trump card
sous cl idiom under lock and key (lit.: under key)
sous couleur de idiom under the pretense of
sous couvert idiom under the pretext [of]
sous le couvert idiom under the pretext [of]
sous le drapeaux idiom into the service [military]
sous sa coupe idiom in ones clutches
string n.m thong underwear
suon n.m hickey
sucrer les fraises idiom to be senile, crazy
super adj very, ultra
sur des charbons ardents idiom on pins and needles (lit.: on burning coals)
sur la dure idiom on the [bare] ground
sur la mme longueur
idiom on the same wavelength
sur la piste de idiom on the trail of
sur la trace idiom on the trail
sur le bord idiom not far from, near
sur le brche idiom on the go; busy
sur le coup idiom at the time
sur le fait idiom in the act
sur le moment idiom at the time
sur les dents idiom all nerves; very stressed out
sur les lieux idiom on the scene; on the spot
sur son trente et un idiom dressed (up) to the nines
sur un grand pied idiom in great/grand style
sur-le-champ idiom on the spot; straight away, immediately, now
survt n.m jogging suit
suspendre ses lvres idiom hang on someones words
sweat n.m sweatshirt
sy prendre idiom manage; go about [doing something]
sy prendre comme un
idiom do something in a clumsy way; be clumsy about something
sympathetic; pleasant; enjoyable (abbreviated form). 1. Cest trs
sympa adj
sympa dchanger avec les autres.
Ta gueule ! inter Shut up!
ta mre dans un kinder idiom your mama
taf, taffe n.m/f job; work
taffer v to work
tafiole n.m/f wimp, wuss
taper sur les nerfs
idiom to get on someones nerves
taquiner quelquun idiom to tease, bother someone
tar adj stupid, idiotic
tar, -e n.m/f idiot, twit
tarin n.m nose
tarlouse n gay (n.b.: very pejorative)
tas n.m heaps; tons; lots
Tas fini de manger idiom Have you finished eating?
tata n.f aunt
shoes (n.b.: dogs, sneaks, and other slangy English equivalents
tatanes n.f.pl
tatie n.f aunt
taule n.f jail, slammer
tchatcher v talk idly; chitter chatter; chat
tloche n.f television; TV; boob tube
temps de chien idiom lousy weather
tendre loreille idiom listen intently; listen closely
tendre un pige idiom set a trap
tenir idiom insist on
tenir compte idiom be aware; notice
keep someone from leaving by continuing to talk (lit.: to hold the
tenir la jambe idiom
tenir la jambe qqn idiom bore someone to death; corner someone
tenir le coup idiom survive; last; hold out,
tenir le haut du pav idiom be one of the upper crust; travel in the best company
tenir lieu (de) idiom take the place of; serve as
tenir parole idiom keep ones word
tenir tte idiom hold firm against
terre terre idiom down to earth, matter of fact, mundane, prosaic
terrible adj great, neat, cool
tte de pioche idiom blockhead
teuf n.f party
texto n.m text message
thon n.m ugly person (mean!)
thune n.f money; cash (n.b.: previously, a 5-france piece)
tifs n.m.pl hair
tignasse n.f hair
timbr adj nuts; crazy; loony
tir par les cheveux idiom far-fetched
tirer v steal; swipe
tirer daffaire qqn idiom pull someone through something
tirer la langue idiom mock someone (lit.: stick out the tongue)
tirer la tronche idiom sulk; make a face
tirer le diable par la queue idiom to barely get by, have a hard time
tirer les marrons du feu idiom be used as a dupe or a tool
count ones chickens before theyve hatched (lit.: draw up plans
tirer les plans sur la comte idiom
on the comet)
tirer les sonnettes idiom network; put the word out about something
tirer les vers du nez idiom make someone talk; question someone
tirer les vers du nez qqn idiom worm information out of someone
tirer son pingle du jeu idiom to get out of a difficult situation
tirer une tronche de trios
idiom sulk; sulk a lot
mtres de long
tissu de btises idiom nonsense
tituber v to stumble (drunkenly)
to peux toujours crever idiom get stuffed
Toc, toc ! inter Knock knock!
Toccupe ! idiom Mind your own business!
tomber amoureuse de idiom fall in love with
tomber dans les pommes idiom faint
tomber dans les vapes idiom to pass out
tomber dans loubli idiom be forgotten; fade from memory
tomber des cordes di to rain heavily, to pour
tomber des nues idiom be completely taken aback (lit.: fall from the clouds)
tomber en panne idiom break down; fail
tomber la chemise idiom have fun; get down to it
tomber les quatre fers en
idiom fall flat on ones back
tomber mal idiom go badly; be not good
tomber sur la tte idiom be nuts; be crazy
tomber sur qqn idiom bump into someone
tomber sur un os idiom hit a snag
tombeur n.m seducer
tondre des ufs idiom to be cheap, a skinflint
tonton n.m uncle
tope-la idiom deal!
topo n.m report; brief talk
toqu adj nuts; crazy; loony
torch adj drunk
torcher v botch; botch up; make a mess of
torchon n.m rag (newspaper)
toto n.m car
toubib n.m doctor, physician (from the Arabic word for doctor: tabib)
toucher sa fin idiom draw to a close
tour tour idiom alternately
tourne n.f round of drinks
tourner autour du pot idiom beat around the bush (lit.: circle around the pot)
tourner la page de idiom move on from
tourner sept fois sa langue
idiom to take time to think before speaking
dans sa bouche
tout coup idiom suddenly, all at once
tout fait idiom at all; in effect
tout lheure idiom just now, in a minute
tout arrive idiom anythngs possible
tout de suite idiom immediately; right now. 1. Ils veulent tout et tout de suite.
tout du coup idiom suddenly. 1. Elle pris son parti tout dun coup.
tout est fini entre nous idiom were finished; were through; its all over between us
tout le monde idiom everyone
toutou n.m dog, doggie
trafiquer v fix; rig; fake
training n.m jogging suit
tralala n.m fuss, frills
Tranquille, Emile ! inter Calm down!
travail de cochon idiom messy job (not in the sense of employment)
trempe n.f scolding
trs cheval idiom be a stickler for
tri sur le volet idiom hand-picked
to toast, to drink to (this can also mean to be devastated, to
trinquer v
tripoter v to grope, fondle
trombine n.f face; mug
tromblon n.m rifle
tronche n.f face, head
trop fort idiom cool; super; way cool
trou n.m joint, dive, horrible place
trou de balle idiom asshole; anus
trouduc n.m asshole
truc n.m trick, means, thing
truquer v fix; rig; fake
tu as le nez dessus idiom its right under your nose
Tu parles, Charles inter You bet!
Tu te fous de ma gueule ? inter Are you kidding me? / Do you think Im an idiot?
tu tcrases idiom shut up
tube n.m great success
tuer le veau gras idiom kill the fatted calf
tuer les mouches quinze
idiom have bad breath
turbin n.m job, daily grind
turluter v fellate; go down on
tuyau n.m tip, piece of advice
type n.m guy
un bon coup de fourchette idiom a hearty appetite
un bon/sacr savon idiom dressing down, scolding, tellling-off
un caractre de cochon idiom person with a bad or nasty temper
un chouia n.m a little
un coup idiom to have a drink
un coup dpe dans leau idiom a futile act; a wasted effort
un coup de chance idiom a break; a lucky break
un coup de chien idiom a sudden squall
un coup de veine idiom a break; a lucky break
un coup dpe dans leau idiom a wasted effort
un de ces quat idiom one of these days
un de ces quatre idiom one of these days
Un de perdu, dix de
idiom Theres other fish in the sea.
un dure cuire idiom hard-boiled person
un faible pour idiom a soft spot for
un faux air de idiom a vague resemblance to
un feu de paille idiom a flash in the pan
un froid de canard idiom very cold
un mal de chien idiom difficulties
un mec bien foutu idiom a well-built/muscular guy
un paquet de idiom a lot of
un pot idiom to have a drink
un portable idiom cell phone
un temps de cochon idiom lousy weather
un vrai tas de boue idiom jalopy, rattletrap, heap (an old car in poor condition)
un(e) perdu(e), dix de
idiom there are plenty more like him/her out there
une n.m front page (newspaper)
une bagnole n.m car
une beigne quelquun idiom to slap someone
une claque idiom to slap someone
une clope n.m cigarette
une fivre de cheval idiom a high fever
une fringale de idiom a craving for
une histoire dormir
idiom a tall tale
une ide en lair idiom just an idea
une langue de vipre idiom a person who often speaks badly of others
une peau de vache idiom a mean person
une pelle quelquun idiom to French kiss someone
une tte de cochon idiom person with a bad or nasty temper; hothead
une tte de lard idiom person with a bad or nasty temper; hothead
une truie ny retrouverait
idiom this place is a mess
pas ses petits
une vie de chien idiom difficult life
utiliser son joker idiom play ones trump card
Va te faire foutre ! idiom Go to hell!
va te faire mettre idiom fuck off; bugger off
vacarme n.m noise; chaos; racket, din
vachement adv extremely; very; really
vadrouiller v to rove around
valoir la peine idiom be worthwhile
vann adj really tired, exhausted
vaquer ses occupations idiom attend to ones affairs
veine idiom luck, fortune
vendre chrement sa peau idiom sell ones life dearly; not give up easily
vendre la mche idiom to let the cat out of the bag, to tell a secret
vielle bique idiom old hag; old bag
vieux n.m parents
virer v be fired
Vlan ! inter Slam!
voir la vie en rose idiom to see the good side of things, to be optimistic
voir le monde par le petit
idiom exaggerate about oneself; see things disproportionately
bout de la lorgnette
voir trente-six chandelles idiom to see stars
voir trop grand idiom bite off more than one can know; bite off too much
Voyons ! inter Similar to lets see.
voyou n.m punk; hoodlum
seeing as; given that (lit: seen that). 1. Vu que cest ta chambre,
vu que idiom
tu dois faire le menage.
W.C. n.m.pl toilet (abbr. of Water Closet)
walou n.m nada, zilch
catastrophe; bad luck (lit.: a Waterloo, taken from the famous
waterloo n.m
battle which Napoleon lost)
ya des baffes qui se
idiom he/she deserves a good spanking
ya du monde au balcon idiom be stacked; be well built; have good cleavage
yaourt (m) n.m gobbledygook; mush; gunk
yy (or y-y) n.m. 1960s rock (from the English yeah, yeah)
Youpi ! inter Yay!
youpin, -e n.m/f Yid; Jewish person (n.b.: pejoratve)
zapping n.m channel surfing
zarbi adj bizarre (verlan).
zen adj cool, calm, laid-back
zieuter v to look
zigoto n.m fool; guy, man, dude.
zinzin adj nuts
zizi n.m sex organs (male or female).
zob n.m dick, prick, cock.
zozio n.m bird (n.b.: child talk).
zozo n.m ninny; nitwit; guy; dude; bloke.
Zut ! inter Darn! Dang it!
zyva idiom lets go; go on (n.b.: verlan of vas-y).

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