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mettre la puce à l’oreille de quelqu’un

The French expression “mettre la puce à l’oreille de quelqu’un” translates literally to “to put the flea in somebody’s ear”.

English meaning:

  • to plant an idea in somebody’s mind
  • to get somebody thinking

French meaning:

  • faire se douter de qqch to make somebody suspect something
  • éveiller l’attention ou méfiance  to arouse attention or suspicion

Example sentence:

  • Il m’a mis la puce a l’oreille quand il a commencé à parler d’une maison. Je savais qu’il voulait se marier. He got me thinking when he started talking about a house. I knew he wanted to get married.

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David Issokson

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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