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pour des prunes

The French expression “pour des prunes” translates literally to “for plumbs”.

English meanings:

  • for nothing

French meanings:

  • pour rien – for nothing

Example sentence:

  • On a travaillé toute la journée mais on n’a rien accompli. C’était pour des prunes. We worked all day long but didn’t get anything done. It was all for nothing.


  • pour du beurre – Lit: for butter, for nothing
  • pour des pinottes – Lit: for peanuts (French-Canadian expression for peanuts).

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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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