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ne pas avoir froid aux yeux

The French expression “ne pas avoir froid aux yeux” translates literally to “to not have cold eyes”.

English meanings:

  • to not be fainthearted
  • to be adventurous

French meaning:

  • ne pas avoir peurto not be afraid
  • être hardi, effronté to be adventurous, bold and brazen
  • ne pas être pereux, craintifto not be fearful

Example sentence:

  • L’alpiniste n’a pas froid aux yeux et compte attendre le sommet de l’Everest l’année prochaine. The mountain climber is very adventurous and plan on reaching the summit of Mount Everest next year.

Related expressions:

  • ce n’est pas pour les âmes sensibles – Lit: It’s not for sensitive souls (it’s not for the fainthearted)

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