Please, I came across this expression and I couldn't understand it (être flingué) could anyone give me its definition and put it in an example? Thanks in advance

  • Have you look at a dictionnary first? – Toto Jun 24 '19 at 8:45
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    Please change the title of your question to something more specific. Anyone that posts a question hopes someone will answer their question... – Greg Jun 24 '19 at 8:50
  • If what you found in a dictionary doesn't seem to fit in the context in which you heard the word, do mention the context in your question. – Stéphane Gimenez Jun 24 '19 at 10:17
  • @StéphaneGimenez Did you find anything? OP didn't say they looked in a dictionary but I couldn't find anything satisfying. I don't think it should be on hold. – Teleporting Goat Jun 24 '19 at 11:09

"être flingué" generally means to be exhausted. Note that this is an extremely familiar expression and can't be used in a professional context (unless you are at ease with your colleagues).

More specifically, "être flingué" can also mean that you are drunk or under the effect of a drug depending on the context.

An example of a use of "être flingué" would be :

"J'ai super mal dormi, je suis flingué"

roughly meaning

"I slept really poorly, I'm exhausted"

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In argot (the French language used by the underworld), a flingue is a gun. Hence, the verb flinguer means "to shoot at someone with a gun", or "to kill someone with a gun". Ex:

Le terroriste a tenté de fuir, et la police l'a flingué.

Used in familiar usage, it can be used figuratively, and it then means either:

  • to break something

    J'ai tellement joué à la Playstation que j'ai flingué la manette

  • to criticize heavily someone or something or to give a bad rating

    Les professeurs ont tous flingué son travail de fin d'étude. Le directeur des ventes a flingué les vendeurs qui n'avaient pas atteint leurs objectifs.

Être flingué is the passive form of the verb and can be used for any of the meanings above.

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  • Être flingué c'est être (très) fatigué, je sais pas comment t'as fait pour inclure toutes les autres définitons mais pas celle-là ^^ – Teleporting Goat Jun 24 '19 at 10:08
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    Ce film est flingué par la critique - c'est aussi être flingué , non ? Hors contexte (non donné par la question), j'ai donné les sens courants. – Greg Jun 24 '19 at 11:06

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