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passer l’arme à gauche

The French expression “passer l’arme à gauche” translates literally to “to pass the firearm to the left hand”. Note that this is an informal and slang expression.

English meaning:

  • to kick the bucket

French meaning:

  • mourir – to die

Example sentence:

  • J’ai une triste nouvelle à te dire : Géralde a passe l’arme a gauche. De toute facon, personne le l’aimais ! I have a sad piece of new to tell you. Geralde kicked the bucket. In any case, nobody liked him!

Related expression:

  • casser sa pipeLiterally: to break his pipe (another slang expression)

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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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