Does anyone know a good French equivalent for "least said, soonest mended"?

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    Please when asking for the equivalent of idiomatic expressions from another language, explain what the expression means. Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 14:26

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Moins on en parle, mieux on se porte.” is made of two separate idiomatic phrases and is a way to build a (quite good) French equivalent to this expression. This combination is common, and even though it might not be considered a proverb or a saying, it sounds like one.


I would use the expression "moins de paroles, plus de résultats", meaning "less talking, more results".

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    AFAIK, this doesn't have the correct meaning. Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 14:24

A bit aggressive :"Au travail, sans phrase !"

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    Vraiment? "Sans phrase" est vraiment bancal, à la limite "Sans un mot" serait acceptable, mais ça ne rejoind toujours pas le sens de l'expression à traduire. Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 8:16
  • C'était une allusion, que je croyais évidente, au terrible : "la mort, sans phrase" de Sieyès au procès de Louis XVI. Le mot avait aussi le sens de discours emphatique, alambiqué ; nous avons gardé "phraseur". Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 16:02

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