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au diable

The French expression “au diable” translates literally to “to or with the devil”.

English meanings:

  • miles from anywhere
  • in the middle of nowhere

French meanings:

  • au milieu de nulle partin the middle of nowhere
  • au fin fond de nulle part at the end of nowhere

Example sentence:

  • Je vais devoir habiter dans une maison située au diable car il n’y a pas d’appartements diponibles au centre-ville. I’m going to have to live in a house in the middle of nowhere because there are no available apartments downtown.


  • un bled (noun) – place in the middle of nowhere, slang
  • un coin perdu (noun) – place in the middle of nowhere, a backwater

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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