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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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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 FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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