de fil en aiguille

The French expression “de fil en aiguille” translates literally to “from thread to needle”.

English meanings:

  • gradually
  • one thing leading to another

French meanings:

  • progressivement, graduellement progressively, gradually

Example sentence:

  • Quand j’ai commencé à étudier le français j’avais beaucoup de difficultés à bien prononcer les mots et faire des phrases. Mais de fil en aiguille j’ai commencer à bien me débrouiller! When I started studying French I had a hard time pronouncing the words and constructing sentences. But, I started getting by well!

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