en boucher un coin à quelqu’un

The French expression “en boucher un coin à quelqu’un” translates literally to “cork or block somebody’s mouth”. The word “coin” usually translates to “corner” but here it means mouth.

English meaning:

  • To render somebody speechless

French meaning:

  • réduire quelqu’un au silence – to reduce somebody to silence

Sample sentence:

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  • Quand Monseiur Orange a announcé qu’il se présentait comme candidat aux élections présidentielles, ca m’en a bouche un coin. When Mr. Orange announced he was running in the presidential elections, I was speechless.

Synonym

  • être sans voixto be speechless

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