découvrir le pot aux roses

The French expression “découvrir le pot aux roses” translates literally to “to discover the pot of roses”. This is a slightly poetic expression with the English meaning:

  • to discover the truth accidentally
  • to find out what’s been going on
  • to get the facts

In French “un pot aux roses” (pot of roses) can translate to a secret, mystery or a reality that’s been well hidden.

Marie a découvert le pot aux roses que Martin la trompait quand elle a lu les messages entre lui et sa maîtresse. Marie discovered the truth that Martin was cheating on her when she discovered the messages between him and his mistress.

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