10 Body Parts-based Expressions

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If you are already familiar with anatomy in French, the expressions below are a fun way to practice the body parts vocabulary. Most of them use strong images that linger in your visual memory. And just like that, you will remember their meaning easily.


Expression Meaning
Avoir la tête dans les nuages / en l'air Having your head in the clouds
Avoir un mot sur le bout de la langue Having a word on the tip of the tongue
Avoir les oreilles qui sifflent Your ears must be burning
Avoir les yeux plus gros que le ventre To bite off more than you can chew
Avoir un chat dans la gorge To have a frog in one's throat
Coûter les yeux de la tête / un bras To cost an arm and a leg
Avoir le bras long To have influence thanks to connections
Avoir un poil dans la main To be lazy
Dormis sur ses deux oreilles To sleep like a baby
Faire quelque chose les doigts dans le nez To do something with your eyes closed
Avoir le cœur sur la main To have a big heart, to be super generous


Which one are you frequently hearing? ⬇

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