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:

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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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