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avoir un coup de pompe

The French expression “avoir un coup de pompe” translates literally to “to be hit by the pump”.

English meaning:

  • to be drained
  • feel tired all of a sudden 

French meaning:

  • avoir un coup soudain de fatigue – to have a sudden feeling of tiredness

Example sentence:

  • Ça m’arrive d’avoir des coups de pompe quand je passe toute la journée au volant sur l’autoroute. I experience sudden tiredness when I spend all day at the wheel on the highway.

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