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ne pas y aller par quatre chemins

The French expression “ne pas y aller par quatre chemins” translates directly to “to not go there by four ways”.

English meaning:

  • to not beat around the bush
  • to get strait to the point

French meaning:

  • parler dans une manière directto speak in a direct way

Example sentence:

  • N’y aller pas par quatre chemins : tu veux te marier avec moi ou non? Don’t beat around the bush. Do you want to marry me or not?

Related expressions:

  • tourner autour du pot – Lit: to turn around the pot (to beat around the bush)

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