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avoir la chair de poule

The French expression “avoir la chair de poule” translates literally to “to have chicken flesh”. English meanings include:

  • to have goose bumps
  • to have goose pimples
  • to have gooseflesh

French meanings are simply “avoir un frisson” (to have a shiver) or “avoir froid” (to be cold).

Here’s an example sentence:

Quand je sors de la douche et j’oublie de mettre le chauffauge j’ai facilmement la chair de poule. I get goose bumps easily when I get out of the shower and I forget to put on the heater.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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