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la chair

A nice surprise for you today: Barbara is back with more delightful French phrases. Enjoy her column in French or English.

la chair (shair) noun, feminine
  1. flesh

adjective: flesh-colored

Also:
la chair de poule = goose bumps

Expressions:
en chair et en os = in the flesh
donner chair à = to give life to
être ni chair ni poisson = (to be neither fish nor fowl) to be indecisive

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Proverb
L'épine dans la chair d'autrui est facile à enlever.
The thorn in the flesh of another is easy to take out.

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Animal Expressions     by Barbara Barles

Dans la série des expressions imagées, la langue française en compte de nombreuses faisant référence à des animaux, plus ou moins évidentes dans leur signification, mais toujours amusantes à entendre!

Je vous propose un petit aperçu de ces proverbes et métaphores, auxquels les français sont si attachés.

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In the series of picturesque expressions, the French language counts many which include an animal reference, their significance more or less easy to understand, but always fun to hear!

Today I offer you a little glimpse of these proverbs and metaphors to which the French are so attached.

- Un froid de canard
"Duck cold" (weather)
= un grand froid  / freezing cold

- Une faim de loup
"A wolf's hunger"
= une grosse faim / a great hunger

- Avoir la chair de poule
"To have the flesh of a hen"
= avoir des frissons sous l'effet de la peur ou du froid / to have goose bumps from the cold or from fear.

- Sauter du coq à l'âne
"To jump from rooster to donkey"
= passer d'un sujet à un autre sans transition / to pass from one subject to the next without transition

- Entre chien et loup
"Between dog and wolf"
= à la tombée du jour / at the end of the day

- Etre comme chien et chat
"To be like dog and cat"
= ne pas s'entendre / to not get along

- Avoir du chien
"To have dog"
= avoir de l'élégance, de la classe / to have elegance, class

- Courir deux lièvres à la fois
"To chase two hares at once"
= poursuivre deux buts différents / to pursue two different goals

- Dormir comme un loir
"To sleep like a dormouse"
= dormir longtemps et profondément / to sleep deeply, for a long time

- Avoir des fourmis (dans les jambes par exemple):
"To have ants" (in one's legs, for example)
= ressentir des picotements nombreux / to feel a tingling in the legs

- Etre comme un poisson dans l'eau
"To be like a fish in water"
= être à l'aise dans une situation donnée / to be at ease in a given situation

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Barbara Barles is a French legal expert based in Toulon, France.

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