I've heard there's a phrase in Canadian-French meaning “take a seat” or “grab a chair” which literally translates as “to grab some wood”.
What's the phrase in French?
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In the good old times in Québec, when people would meet and listen to story tellers, Ikea chairs were not invented yet and anyone who would come and join in the merry circle would be invited to grab a log and sit on it. Hence the "tire-toi une bûche" in lieu of "please take a seat".