c’est une autre paire de manches

“C’est une autre paire de manches” is a French expression that translates literally to “it’s another pair of sleeve”.

English meanings:

  • it’s another story
  • it’s another kettle of fish
  • it’s a whole different ballgame

French meaning:

  • c’est plus difficileit’s more complicated
  • Quelque chose de complètement différentsomething totally different

example sentence:

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  • Je suis monté beaucoup de montagnes mais celle-ci est une autre paire de manches: elle est beaucoup plus haute plus raide. I’ve climbed a lot of mountains but this one is a whole different ballgame. It’s a lot higher and a lot steeper.

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