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avoir eu chaud – French expression

avoir eu chaud - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ avoir eu chaud ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's AUDIO.

avoir eu chaud - to have had hot. avoir eu chaud means 'to be lucky to have escaped a catastrophe'. I like to translate it as ‘That/It was close!’. A synonymous expression is 'l’avoir échappé belle'.

  • « Eh ben dis-donc, j'ai eu chaud. J'ai bien failli rater le train. »
  • “Well, it was close. I almost missed the train.”

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