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faire la fine bouche

The French expression “faire la fine bouche” translates literally to “to make a thin mouth”.

English meanings:

  • to be finicky
  • to turn up your nose
  • to be fussy, particular

French meanings:

  • se montrer difficile pour la nourriture – Meaning: to be difficult when it comes to food

Example sentence:

  • Quand Julie va au restaurant elle fait la fine bouche: elle ne veut rien manger. When Julie goes out to eat she’s finicky and doesn’t want to eat anything.


  • être difficile (à table) – Lit: to be difficult (at the table)

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

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