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French Idioms





To know a language you have to know its idioms, and French is no exception. All forms of the language, from the highly colloquial to the utterly erudite use idioms. Browse below to find the idiom you need, or just explore the many ways you can express yourself in French.

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gagner du temps
make up time

gagner les doigts dans le nez
win easily

garder une dent contre
have a grudge against somebody; hold a grudge against somebody (lit.: hold the tooth against)

gros bonnet 
big wig ; big cheese

gros comme une maison
very big ; huge ; at a distance. 1. Je l’ai vu venir gros comme une maison.

gros mots
vulgar words, dirty words


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