il n’y pas de quoi fouetter un chat

The French expression “il n’y pas de quoi fouetter un chat” translates directly to “there’s nothing to whip the cat about”.

English meanings:

  • there’s nothing to get worked up about
  • it’s only trifle
  • it’s nothing to make a fuss about

French meanings:

  • ce n’est pas si graveit’s not such a big deal
  • avoir d’autres choses à faire – to have other things to do

Example sentence:

Speed up your learning with an app

Many of our students have greatly enhanced their learning by using an app. On these pages we've examined the top-30 apps for learning French. On this pages we've written comprehensive reviews for Pimsleur (great for people struggling with pronunciation), Rosetta Stone and FrenchPod101 (both great for visual learners).

  • Hier j’ai oublié de faire la vaisselle et mon colocataire m’a grondé. Je lui ai dit «Ecoute, il n’y pas de quoi fouetter un chat!» Yesterday I forgot to do the dishes and my roommate scolded me. I told him, “Listen, there’s nothing to get worked up about!

Synonyms and related language:

  • avoir d’autres chats à fouetterhave better things to do, other fish to fry
  • être énervé to be worked up
  • être sur les nerfs – to be worked up

more French expressions

If you've found this post useful you might want to considering looking at our post covering the best apps for learning French. We've looked a total 33 apps and have written comprehensive reviews of Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur and FrenchPod101.

Sign Up For A FREE Trial French Lesson On Skype And Get Instant Access To My French Pronunciation Crash Course.

Get the French Pronunciation Crash Course!