Expressions with œuf

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10 expressions with œuf - egg

  • aller se faire cuire un œuf … to get lost
  • être plein comme un œuf … to be full or really drunk
  • faire l’œuf … to act silly, to play dumb
  • marcher sur des œufs  … to walk on eggshells
  • mettre tous ses œufs dans le même panier … to put all one’s eggs in one basket
  • ne pas faire d’omelette sans casser les œufs … there are consequences/damages to everything you want to accomplish
  • qui vole un œuf vole un bœuf … stealing is a crime, no matter what you steal
  • rentrer dans sa coquille … to protect oneself from adversity
  • tuer (étouffer) dans l’œuf … to nip at the bud
  • tuer la poule aux œufs d’or … to want immediate gratification

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2 comments to Expressions with œuf

  • Tom Robinson

    Bonjour Anne – I just remembered a cultural question that’s puzzled me …?

    When I look in my French-directed cookbooks I often find recipes for eggs, lots of different recipes – above all, omelets, of course, but baked and shirred and poached and soft-boiled and so forth. But when I visit France I never see them on menus – I’m trying to remember if I’ve even seen omelets on menus – I probably have, but I don’t remember.

    Anyway, my question: I’ve heard repeatedly that eggs aren’t part of a French breakfast, and I sure never saw them then. Are they most often for family lunches or late suppers or when do they actually make all those wonderful egg dishes ….?



    P.S. There’s something similar with crepes, which I only see in Brittany, I think, or Breton restos in Paris. Yet in the U.S. crepe restaurants are always decked out in the tricolor as if they were fundamentally French.

    On the other hand, I don’t see so much in cookbooks about salads, and yet I’ve had so many wonderful and inventive salads in France, often with interesting ingredients I never see here, like poached eggs, or, I think, foie gras, rillettes, etc. – There’s a chapter in Rabelais where Gargantua, or was it Pantagruel, puts a troop of *pilgrims* on top of a salad … That seems very French to me, somehow. 🙂

    • Bonjour Tom,
      Les œufs, eggs are not eaten at breakfast in France. And I believe the French aren’t so particular with the way their eggs are served. Hard-boiled and soft boiled are enough of a headache for us. Hard-boiled eggs are often mixed in a ‘salade composée’ and soft boiled eggs are for a simple diner. So are omelets, often a quick way or a way out of making a three-course dinner at the diner table. Cultural differences on the uses of eggs. Let’s not, like Rabelais, start ‘une guerre picrocholine’. 🙂


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