French Expressions, French Idioms,
French Phrases, and French Sayings



Please note:
The French expressions and idioms below are not in any particular order.
Meanings or occasions are mentioned (in Italics) when necessary.


Here we go!

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It is not the cow who shouts the loudest who gives the most milk.

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With "if," Paris could be put in a bottle.

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There is more than one donkey at the fair called Martin.
There are plenty of opportunities.

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Washing one’s dirty laundry must be done as a family.

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Don’t look for noon at two o’clock.
Don’t complicate the issue.

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The night brings advice. Take advice of your pillow.
Sleep on it. Think about it. Don’t rush.

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Only mountains never meet.
Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet them on your way down.

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When chickens will have teeth.
A reference to something that will never happen.

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Don’t sell the bear’s skin before you’ve killed it.

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Turn the tongue seven times before you speak.
Think thoroughly before you act.

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It is the hen that has laid the egg that sings.
It’s easy to spot the guilty person.

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