tomber dans les pommes

“Tomber dans les pommes” has long been one of my favorite French expressions. The literal translation is “to fall in the apples”, with tomber meaning to fall. The expression has the following meanings:

  • to faint
  • to pass out

French-to-french definitions are s’évanouir and s’effondrer.

Here are some example sentences:

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  • Pierre ne peut pas supporter la vue du sang et a chaque fois qu’il la voit il tombe dans les pommes. Pierre can’t stand the sight of blood and each time he sees it he faints.
  • Je n’aime pas écouter les détails médicaux et quand je les entends je tombe dans les pommes. I don’t like listening to medical details and when I hear them I pass out.

Here are some related expressions with pomme (apple):

  • C’est pour ma pomme. I got this. It’s my treat.
  • être dans les pommes. To be out cold, unconscious.

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