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casser du sucre sur le dos de quelqu’un

The French expression “casser du sucre sur le dos de quelqu’un” translates literally to “to break some sugar on the back of somebody”.

English meaning:

  • to talk about somebody behind their back
  • to badmouth somebody behind their back

French meaning:

  • parler dans le dos de quelqu’un – to talk behind

Example sentence:

  • Personne n’aime Patty : elle casse du sucre sur le dos de tout le monde. Nobody likes Patty. She talks behind everybody’s back.

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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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