c’est la fin des haricots

“C’est la fin des haricots” is a French expression that translates literally to “that’s the last straw”. English meanings include:

  • that’s the last straw
  • game over!

In the historical context, beans were a staple food which the masses depended on. When they ran out, disaster ensued.

Here’s an example sentence:

On a tout essayé pour démarrer la voiture. Apres une heure on s’est dit: “c’est la fin des haricots”. We tried everything to start the car. After one hour we said, “that’sthe last straw.”

French has another great synonomous expression for the last straw:

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