arriver dans un fauteuil

“Arriver dans un fauteuil” is French idiom that literally means “to arrive in an armchair”. The expression has the following meanings:

  • to win easily
  • to come in first-place easily

The idea behind this expression that arriving somewhere in an armchair seated and relaxed symbolizes winning without exerting any effort. Sometimes the French add the the word “comme” (like, as) to the expression: Arriver comme dans un fauteuil.

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  • Donald Trump a tellement l’habitude d’arriver dans un fauteuil qu’il ne saura pas quoi faire quand il perdra les élections en novembre. Donald Trump is so used to winning easily that he won’t know what to do when he loses the elections in November.

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