Questions tagged [expressions-idiomatiques]

Phrases ou expressions dont les mots portent une signification différente du sens littéral.

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The “en” in “je n’en suis pas là”

I’d like to understand the meaning of “en” in the title phrase. I know the phrase means “I’m not there yet,” so my theory is, since “there” isn’t referring to a specific place, and is more idiomatic, “...
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"Si on n'était que douceur avec elle": meaning and construction?

The other day I was at the hospital and I witnessed a conversation between two doctors about some intern: Tu es sans pitié, dis-moi... En même temps, elle n’aurait pas autant envie de nous ...
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How does "du balai" get to mean "go away"?

I believe the expression "du balai" means literally "of the broom". How did it acquire the meaning of "go away!" or "get lost!"?
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Comment traduire « [...] the unholy tattoo of this hail which was buckshotting the airplane » ?

Image extraite de la source sur youtube pour illustrer le propos : « A Dangerous Storm & Two Failed Engines! | Southern Storm | Mayday: Air Disaster » [The pilots had to raise their voices, ...
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« Give a bad name to / give someone or something a bad name » ?

En langue anglaise on a l'idiome « give a bad name to » (aussi « give someone or something a bad name ») dans le sens de « spoil the reputation of » (Dictionary.com), gâcher, nuire à... ; on donne l'...
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French sports metaphors

I'm looking for French sports metaphors/sayings. For example, "hit it out of the park" for American/baseball is widely used outside of sports. Another example is "come out fighting" for boxing. Are ...
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How to say "on and off" as in doing something intermittently for a period of time

If I wanted to say "to do something on and off" I'm unsure how to express the "on and off" part. A literal translation might be "de faire quelque chose sur et en dehors" but I'm not sure if this is ...
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What's the meaning of "Bien sûr je veux mon palais mais racontez pas vos salades"

I cannot understand what the meaning of "Bien sûr je veux mon palais mais racontez pas vos salades" is. I could not understand the first part of the phrase because I know that "raconter des salades" ...

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