10 French Expressions – Transports 🚟 – to improve the language 🗣

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In this article you are going to learn 10 new French Expressionstransports 🚓 – to improve the language 📢 !

Let’s go for the French Expressions – Transports 🏎️

1 – Une vie de patachon

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The meaning : a life of debauchery.
Debauchery = an exaggerated life of pleasures : drinking a lot, eating a lot, having a lot of parties …

The origin of this french expression :
Un patachon = a car pulled by a horse, without comfort, for the transport of people.
The driver is also called un patachon.
The life of the patachon was a nomadic life, without attachment ranging from taverns to taverns, celebrating a lot.

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2 – Mener une vie de bâton de chaise

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The meaning : to have a messy life.

The origin of this french expression : the old sedan chairs.
They were carried on men’s arms with two sticks of chair.
The sticks were all the time raised, put, pulled to clear the door and let out the passenger, then put back … very quickly.

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3 – La cheville ouvrière

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The meaning : the essential element, the manager of a company or business.

The origin of this french expression : the kingpin was the essential part of the coupling, connecting the front of the train to a wagon.
It is said that the ankle is “worker” in the sense that “it works” with forces and physical constraints.
Like a worker in a factory doing a physical job often difficult.

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4 – Brûler le pavé

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The meaning : to drive very fast.

The origin of this french expression : while driving fast, the wheels of the carriages, which were made of iron, made sparks while rubbing on the pavement.

5 – Au quart de tour

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The meaning : quickly, without hesitation.

The origin of this french expression : it was said that a car “démarrait au quart de tour” when the engine started as soon as a quarter turn was given. Today, just turn the key a quarter of a turn and the car starts!

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6 – Un train peut en cacher un autre

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The meaning : appearances can be deceiving.

The origin of this french expression : as a precaution, when people crossed a railway line, the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer), to push for caution in the crossing of the railways, warned that after the passage of the 1st train, a 2nd train could arrive.

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7 – En voiture, Simone !

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The meaning : “Let’s go”.

The origin of this french expression : Simone des Forest is one of the first women to enter motor racing in the 1950s.

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8 – Appuyer sur le champignon

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The meaning : accelerate.

The origin of this french expression : the pedals of the first cars were simple metal rods surmounted by a half-ball, and thus looked like mushrooms.

9 – Partir sur les chapeaux de roues

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The meaning : start fast.

The origin of this french expression : before the cars had rims not very beautiful.
We used to put hubcaps (also called “chapeaux”) to hide these rims.
When the turns were tight and when the car went fast, sometimes these “chapeaux” rubbed the road.

10 – Faire une queue de poisson

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The meaning : this term refers to a driver who falls back violently after doubling, forcing the other driver to brake.

The origin of this french expression : it refers to the movement of a small fish that grazes another fish with its tail.

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