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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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