la croix et la bannière

The French expression “la croix et la bannière” translates literally to “the cross and the banner”.

English meanings:

  • a tall order
  • an uphill struggle

French meanings:

  • c’est très difficileit’s very difficult

In history, it was a tall order to get everybody organized with dignitaries and clergy walking behind the cross and banners.

  • Mon propriétaire est vraiment tres radin et obstiné. C’est la croix et la bannière pour faire venir un plombier quand on a un problème dans la salle de bains. My landlord is really stingy and stubborn. It’s really a tall order to get a plumber to come when we have a problem in the bathroom.


  • un défi de taille – Lit: A challenge of size
  • pas une mince affaire – Lit: Not a small matter
  • un challenge A challenge (anglicism)

more French expressions

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!