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25 Funny French Idioms and Expressions You’ll Love Using

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25 Funny French idioms and Common French Expressions
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Learning French? Don’t “have a cockroach”. Speak like a native with these 25 hilarious everyday French Idioms and expressions.

French is such a beautiful language, but I think we often overlook the French sense of humour which is omnipresent in their colourful expressions. Picking up common French expressions are a great way to learn more about the personality of French people and their culture. I’ve come across a lot of vulgar and offensive expressions, but I’ve tried to keep this article clean.

Let’s take a look at some funny French idioms.

1. He’s running on my bean

Translation: Il me court sur le haricot
Meaning: He’s annoying me
English Equivalent: He’s getting on my nerves

funny french idioms - Il me court sur le haricot

2. To pedal in semolina

Translation: Pédaler dans la semoule
Meaning: Have trouble doing something
English Equivalent: To go around in circles

funny french idioms - Pedaler dans la semoule

3. The habit doesn’t make the monk

Translation: L’habit ne fait pas le moine
Meaning: Appearances can be deceiving
English Equivalent: The suit doesn’t make the man

funny french idioms - l'habit ne fait pas le moine

4. To have the ass surrounded by noodles

Translation: Avoir le cul bordé de nouilles
Meaning: To be very lucky
English Equivalent: To be a lucky so-and-so

funny french idioms - Avoir le cul borde de nouilles

5. To have the cockroach

Translation: Avoir le cafard
Meaning: To feel down
English Equivalent: To feel blue

funny french idioms - avoir le cafard

6. To be in beautiful sheets

Translation: Être dans de beaux draps
Meaning: To be in a bad situation
English Equivalent: Be in a right mess, be up the creek without a paddle

funny french idioms - Etre dans de beaux draps

7. To make cheese out of it

Translation: En faire tout un fromage
Meaning: To make a big deal out of something
English Equivalent: Kick up a huge fuss

funny french idioms - En faire tout un fromage

8. It doesn’t break three legs of a duck

Translation: Ça ne casse pas trois pattes à un canard
Meaning: It’s not that incredible
English Equivalent: Nothing to write home about

funny french idioms - ca ne casse pas trois pattes a un canard

9. Pissing in a violin

Translation: Pisser dans un violon
Meaning: To waste time on something futile
English Equivalent: Waste your breath, talk to a wall

funny french idioms - Pisser dans un violon

10. Mind your onions

Translation: Mêle-toi de tes oignons!
Meaning: Not to interfere or ask anything personal
English Equivalent: Mind your own business

funny french idioms - Mele-toi de tes oignons

11. It’s raining ropes

Translation: Il pleut des cordes
Meaning: It’s raining a lot
English Equivalent: It’s raining cats and dogs

funny french idioms - Il pleut des cordes

12. Let’s come back to our sheep

Translation: Revenons à nos moutons
Meaning: To go back to the original topic of conversation
English Equivalent: Let’s get back to business, get back on track

funny french idioms - Revenons a nos moutons

13. To have one’s ass between two chairs

Translation: Avoir le cul entre deux chaises
Meaning: To be undecided
English Equivalent: Sitting on the fence

funny french idioms - Avoir le cul entre deux chaises

14. Fingers in the nose

Translation: Les doigts dans le nez
Meaning: Easy to do
English Equivalent: With one hand tied behind your back, a piece of cake

funny french idioms - Les doigts dans le nez

15. To put a rabbit

Translation: Poser un lapin
Meaning: Not to show up to your date
English Equivalent: Stand somebody up

funny french idioms - poser un lapin

16. It gives me a beautiful leg

Translation: Ça me fait une belle jambe
Meaning: Not to care, couldn’t care less
English Equivalent: A fat lot of good that will do me

funny french idioms - Ca me fait une belle jambe

17. To be round as a shovel handle

Translation: être rond comme une queue de pelle
Meaning: That someone is very very drunk
English Equivalent: Drunk as a skunk

funny french idioms - etre rond comme une queue de pelle

18. Sing like a saucepan

Translation: Chanter comme une casserole
Meaning: Someone who really can’t sing
English Equivalent: Sing flat

funny french idioms - Chanter comme une casserole

19. Eat the dandelions by the root

Translation: Manger les pissenlits par la racine
Meaning: To be dead
English Equivalent: Push up daisies

funny french idioms - Manger les pissenlits par la racine

20. Drown the fish

Translation: Noyer le poisson
Meaning: Avoid a subject by talking about everything and anything else.
English Equivalent: Confuse the issue

funny french idioms - Noyer le poisson

21. Don’t push Granny into the nettles!

Translation: Faut pas pousser mamie dans les orties
Meaning: Don’t go too far don’t exaggerate
English Equivalent: Don’t push it!

funny french idioms - Faut pas pousser mamie dans les orties


22. To get or receive a rake

Translation: Se prendre un râteau
Meaning: To fail in an attempt
English Equivalent: Get knocked back, be shot down in flames

funny french idioms - Se prendre un rateau

23. To swallow snakes

Translation: Avaler des couleuvres
Meaning: To be gullible
English Equivalent: A dumb bunny

funny french idioms - Avaler des couleuvres

24. Make a fish tail

Translation: Faire une queue de poisson
Meaning: Over take someone closely
English Equivalent: Cut someone off

funny french idioms - Faire une queue de poisson

25. It’s the end of the beans

Translation: C’est la fin des haricots
Meaning: Nothing more can be done
English Equivalent: Game over!

funny french idioms - C'est la fin des haricots

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