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pour une bouchée de pain

The French expression “pour une bouchée de pain” translates literally to “for a mouthful of bread”.

English meaning:

  • for next to nothing

French meaning:

  • se vendre pour très peu d’argentto be sold for very little money

Example sentence:

  • Si tu attends la fin de la saison, les nouveaux skis se vendent pour une bouchée de pain. If you wait until the end of the season, new skis sell for next to nothing.
  • J’ai trouvé mon bureau une bouchée de pain dans un magasin d’occasion. I found my desk for next to nothing in a used goods store.

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