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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:

  • 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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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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