être dans les petits papiers de quelqu’un

The French expression “être dans les petits papiers de quelqu’un” translates literally to “to be in somebody’s little papers”. The English meaning and translation is very close:

  • to be in somebody’s good books
  • to receive favorable treatment

Expressio.fr offers a good definition in French: To enjoy the favor, consideration and support from somebody. Here’s an example sentence:

Roger a obtenu son poste d’emploi très facilement. Ils est dans les petits papiers du PDG. Roger got the job position very easily. He’s in the good books of the CEO.

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