noyer le poisson

The French expression “noyer le poisson” translates literally to “to drown the fish”.

English meaning:

  • to evade the issue
  • to sidestep the question

French meaning:

  • détourner la conversationto divert the conversation

Example sentence:

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  • Arrête d’noyer le poissson. As-tu couché avec cette femme ou non ? Stop sidestepping the question. Did you sleep with this woman or not?

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