pleurer comme une madeleine

The French expression “pleurer comme une Madeleine” translates literally to “to cry like a Mary Magdalene”. Based on biblical history, Mary Magdaleine was a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion.

The meanings of this idiom are as follows:

  • to cry your eyes out
  • to cry like a baby

Example sentences:

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  • Apres dix ans sans voir son fils, elle a pleuré comme une Madeleine. After not seeing her son for ten years, she cried her eyes out.
  • Il a été tellement ému par le film qu’il a pleuré comme une Madeleine. He was so moved by the film that he cried like a baby.

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