être à la bourre

The French expression “être à la bourre” translates literally to “to be in the stuffing”.

English meanings:

  • to be late
  • to be behind

French meanings:

  • être en retardto be late
  • être presséto be in a rush

Example sentences:

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  • Je suis à la bourre et je ne vais pas y arriver à l’heure. I’m late and I’m not going to get there on time.
  • Je suis à la bourre parce que j’ai rendez-vous à midi et il est déjà 11h50. I’m in a rush because I have a meeting at noon and it’s already 11:50am.

Related expression:

  • ne pas être en avanceto not be early

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