List of French idioms for everyday life

Elvis Elvis

Jeter des fleurs à quelqu’un to speak highly of someone

Tomber dans les pommes to pass out

Se fendre la pêche to laugh one’s head off

Voir le monde par le petit bout de la lorgnette to get the wrong idea of things; lit. looking through the wrong end of the microscope.

couper le sifflet à quelqu’un to interrupt someone

Cracher dans la soupe to spoil something so that only you can enjoy it; to be a dog in the manger

Tourner autour du pot to beat around the bush

List of French idioms for everyday life

Se mettre à table to confess to the police; to spill the beans.

C’est la fin des haricots. It is the end of the road; it’s curtains!

En faire tout un plat. Much ado about nothing; make a big story of something

Il veut le beurre et l’argent du beurre He wants to have his cake and eat it.Lit. he wants the butter and the money for the butter.

Mettre la charrue avant les bœufs. Put the horse before the cart; do things in the wrong order

être une feuille de chou. a tabloid; a rag (said of a trashy newspaper)

Les carottes sont cuites. our goose is cooked; the game is over