filer à l’anglaise

The French expression “filer à l’anglaise” translates to “to run away English style”. It’s interesting here that both the English and the French use the other nationality in the same expression!

English meanings:

  • to do a runner
  • to sneak out
  • to take French leave

French meanings:

  • partir sans prevenirto leave without warning
  • partir sans dire au revoirto leave without saying good-bye

Example sentence:

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  • Martin et Julie ont filé à l’anglaise: Ils ont dine au restaurant sans payer l’addition! Martin and Julie did a runner. They ate at a restaurant without paying the bill!

Another expression with “file”:

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