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.


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

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