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faire la pluie et le beau temps

The French expression “faire la pluie et le beau temps” translates literally to: “to make the rain and the nice weather”.

English meanings:

  • to call the shots
  • to run the show
  • to call the tune

French meanings:

  • décider les choses – Lit: to decide things
  • tout deciderto decide everything
  • voir tous les pouvoirsto have all the power

Example sentence:

  • Quand on loue une chambre dans une maison, c’est le propriétaire qui fait la pluie et le beau temps. When you rent a room in a house the landlord is the one who call the shots.


  • mener le jeu, bal ou dance – Lit: to lead the game or dance
  • faire la loi – Lit: to make the law

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven 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 lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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