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faire une croix sur quelque’chose

The French expression “faire une croix sur quelque’chose” translates literally to “to make an cross on something”.

English meanings:

  • to kiss something good-bye
  • to forget about something

French meanings:

  • ne plus compter sur qqch to no longer count on something
  • renoncer définitivement faire qqchto give up doing something for good

Example sentence:

  • La famille a dû faire une croix sur les vacances a cause de la crise. The family had to forget about their vacation due to the crisis.
  • Après la collision avec le cerf il a du faire un croix sur la voiture de Papa. After the deer strike he had to kiss dad’s car good-bye.

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