avoir un Polichinelle dans le tiroir

The French expression “avoir un Polichinelle dans le tiroir” translates literally to “to have a puppet or marionette in the drawer”. The English meaning logically follows:

  • To have a bun in the oven (to be pregnant)

A French meaning is “enceinte”, which means pregnant. Here’s an example sentence:

Marie est tellement heureuse récemment: elle a un Polichinelle dans le tiroir et elle passe sont temps à préparer la chambre du bébé. Marie has been so happy lately. She has a bun in the oven and has been spending time preparing the baby’s bedroom.

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