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Avoir la gueule de bois – To have a hangover

Avoir la gueule de bois – To have a hangover

Today we’ll have a look at a fun French idiom: Avoir la gueule de bois which means “to have a hangover” and translates literally to “to have a mouth of wood”.

avoir la gueule de bois

to have a hangover

Avoir la gueule de bois = to have a hangover

Avoir la gueule de bois

Expression origin

According to Lerobert.com, the French expression avoir la gueule de bois goes back to the 18th century. Gueule is a French slang word for mouth and comes from the Latin word gula (throat, neck, gullet, maw). The word bois (wood) is a metaphor for the hangover symptom of the stiffness and dryness of the tongue.

Example sentences

Sylvie a trop bu hier soir. Quand elle s’est levée ce matin elle a eu la gueule de bois et elle a vomi partout.

Sylvie drank too much last night. She was hungover and vomited everywhere when she woke up this morning.

Les symptômes de la gueule de bois sont le mal de tête et la bouche sèche.

Symptoms of a hangoer are a headache and dry mouth.

Le meilleur remède à la gueule de bois est de ne pas consommer d’alcool.

The best remedy for a hangove is to not consume alcohol.

Conclusion

Et voilà ! You now know the French idiom avoir la gueule de bois. Now check out our lessons on two more fun French idioms tomber dans les pommes (to faint) and avoir le cafard (to be depressed).

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Avoir la gueule de bois = To have a hangover
Avoir la gueule de bois = To have a hangover
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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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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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