Discover more popular French expressions with body parts words. Can you guess for instance what “having ants in one’s legs” mean? Enrich your vocabulary and get a fun insight into French culture as well 🙂
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
avoir un cœur de pierre
avoir le cœur sur la main = to be big-hearted, generous
avoir deux mains gauches = to be very clumsy
avoir un poil dans la main = to be very lazy
donner un coup de main / un coup de pouce
manger sur le pouce = to eat on the fly
se tourner les pouces = not to do anything
Viens nous aider au lieu de te tourner les pouces!
faire des pieds et des mains = to move heaven and earth
connaitre quelque chose par cœur / sur le bout des doigts
avoir le bras long = to be influential ; to pull strings, to be well connected
ne pas avoir 36 bras
un bras cassé = a person good for nothing
Etre le bras droit de quelqu’un = to be the right-hand man (sb’s advisor)
prendre ses jambes à son cou = to run for one’s life
avoir des fourmis dans les jambes = to have pins and needles in the legs
faire du pied à quelqu’un = to play footsie with someone ; to get yourself noticed, to attract attention
avoir l’estomac dans les talons = to be famished
LINKS and RESOURCES
- Listen to the episode “French expressions with body parts (Part 1): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast64
- Origin of expressions : http://www.linternaute.com/expression
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