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French Slang





This dictionary is a comprehensive and in-depth look at all the slang, vulgarisms, curses, and insults, plus idioms, expressions, and a lot more, that appear in everday French. If you like modern French films, rap, or other forms of entertainment, you'll find many of the words and phrases used in here. As always with slang, be careful using what you hear; it may not work quite the way you expect.

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il en est ainsi
idiom. that’s the way it is

il en perd pas une miette
idiom. he doesn't miss a thing; nothing gets by him

il est connu comme le loup blanc
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 un temps à ne pas mettre le nez dehors
idiom. it’s horrible weather outside

il fait un temps de chien
idiom. the weather is terrible

il n’en est rien
idiom. nothing of the sort

il n’y a pas le feu au lac
idiom. calm down; no rush; where’s the fire (n.b.: used in Switzerland, not France)

il n'y a pas le feu
idiom. calm down; no rush; where's the fire (n.b.: used mostly in Switzerland)

il pleut des cordes
idiom. it’s raining cats and dogs (lit.: it’s raining in ropes)

il s’agit de
idiom. have to do with; comes to

il s’appelle “reviens”
idiom. something said when lending something to someone

il tombe des hallebardes
idiom. it’s raining cats and dogs (lit.: halbreds are falling; n.b.: note: hallebardes among other things can be used in this idiom)

il vous en cuira
idiom. you’ll be sorry; you’ll regret it

il y a anguille sous roche
idiom. there’s something in the wind; there’s a catch (lit.: there is an eel under a rock)

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. it’s a question of; what is at stake is (lit.: it goes for)

invité d'honneur
idiom. guest of honor

ir fort
idiom. do well; be well


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