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It means "to pass out" or "to faint".


"Tomber dans les pommes" is an expression meaning "s'évanouir" which can be translated in "To pass out" in English.


It means that one knows the worker by looking at his work. À followed by a noun, like in this sentence, can introduce a means. It's somehow similar to known locutions such as à vue d'œil or à pied. Other common examples: On le reconnait à la couleur. Cela se juge au poids.

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