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ne pas tourner autour du pot

The French expression “ne pas tourner autour du pot” translates literally to “to not turn around the pot”.

English meaning:

  • to not beat around the bush

French meaning:

  • parler avec des détours to speak with digressions
  • hésiter à dire les choses to hesitate to say things

Example sentence:

  • Je vous demande de ne pas tourner autour du pot. Répondez à ma question tout de suite. I’m asking you not to beat around the bush. Answer my question right away.

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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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