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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