Skip to Content

Our site has affiliate links. This means that we make a commission when you purchase a product through links on our site. Learn more.

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:

  • 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.

more French expression

Sharing is caring!

Affiliate disclosure: Below you will find affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking the link, we will receive a small commission. To learn more please visit our full disclosure page. Merci!

Sign up to download your free trial of À Moi Paris a French course which I recommend to my personal students to help with pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. After that, upgrade for access to 77 hours of audio lessons.

Read our full review of À Moi Paris and find out why we love it so much!

Are you struggling with French verb conjugations? Then we highly recommend French Today's French Verb Drills course. Get over 28 hours of audio exercises to build reflexes and dramatically improve your French level and confidence.

Read our full review of French Verb Drills and find out why we recommend this course!

David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

See all posts by