French is a rich idiom with plenty of expressions that can be considered, well, bonkers.
In honor of the elegant French language, here are 7 expressions illustrated which may enlighten or confuse you.
Se prendre un râteau
Literal meaning: to get or receive a rake
Actual meaning: to get turned down, rejected by someone, to get knocked back
Poser un lapin
Literal meaning: to place a rabbit on someone
Actual meaning: to stand somebody up
Être fauché comme les blés
Literal meaning: to be harvested like wheat
Actual meaning: to be completely broke
Courir sur le haricot
Literal meaning: to run on a bean
Actual meaning: to get on somebody’s nerves
Être rond comme une queue de pelle
Literal meaning: to be round as a shovel handle
Actual meaning: to be very drunk
Avoir le cul bordé de nouilles
Literal meaning: to have your a** full of noodles
Actual meaning: to be extremely lucky
Ça ne casse pas trop pattes à un canard
Literal meaning: it doesn’t break three legs of a duck
Actual meaning: It’s nothing to write home about
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