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tomber dans le panneau

The French expression “tomber dans le panneau” translates literally to ‘to fall into the net’. English meanings include:

  • to fall into the trap
  • to fall for it
  • to get taken for a ride

Normally “peanneau” means sign as in road sign. However, here it means trap. Here’s an example sentence:

Oh là là, je me suis fait avoir! Il m’a vendu la voiture pour un prix trop élevé! Je suis tombé dans le panneau encore une fois! Oh, I was had! He sold me the car for a price that was too high. I fell into the trap yet again!

Here are some related expressions:

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David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven 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 lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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