prendre ses jambes à son cou

The French expression “prendre ses jambes à son cou” translates literally to “to take your legs to your neck”.

English mearnings:

  • to make a run for it
  • to run for your life

French meanings:

  • s’enfuir – to flee
  • courir très vite – to run very fast

Sample sentence:

  • Quand le cambrioleur ont vu la police s’approcher, il a pris ses jambes à son coup. When the thief saw the police coming, he made a run for it.
  • Au moment où le volcan est entré en éruption, les touristes on pris ses jambes a leur coups. The tourists ran for their lives when the volcano started erupting.


  • Sauve qui peut! Run for your life!

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