avoir la dalle

The French expression “avoir la dalle” translates literally to “to have the throat”. La dalle is a slang word for la gorge (throat).

English meaning:

  • to be very hungry
  • to be famished
  • to be starved

French meaning:

  • avoir très faim (to be very hungry)

Example sentence:

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  • Oh là là ! J’ai la dalle ! À quelle heure est-ce qu’on mange ? Oh, I’m starved. What time are we eating?

Be careful of the related expression, “avoir la dalle en pente“, which means to be a heavy drinker or boozer. For example:

  • Tu connais Marc ? Ouai, je le connais. Il a vraiment la dalle en pente! You know Marc? Yeah, I know him. He’s a real boozer!

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