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se rincer la dalle

The French expression “se rincer la dalle” translates literally to “to rinse the throat.

English meaning:

  • to wet your whistle

French meaning:

  • boire un coup (to have a drink)

Example sentence:

  • On s’est rincé la dalle avec un bon appératif avant de prendre un super repas. We wet our whistle with a nice apperatif before having a great meal.

Related expression:

  • se rincer la gosier – this expression also translates literally to “to rinse the throat. It’s synonymous with se rincer la dalle.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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