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se faire la malle

The informal French expression “se faire la malle” translates literally to “to pack your trunk.

English meanings:

  • to get packing
  • to take off
  • to make yourself scarce

French meanings:

  • partir – to leave
  • s’enfuir – to flee

Example sentence:

  • Mon ancien propriétaire m’a demandé de me faire la malle. My ex-landlord told me to get packing.
  • Après 35 ans de mariage, Papa s’est fait la malle avec sa petite copine. After 35 years of marriage, dad took off with his girlfriend.

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