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tomber des nues

The French expression “tomber des nues” translates literally to “to fall from the heavens”.

English meanings:

  • to be flabbergasted
  • to be stunned

French meanings:

  • être très étonnéto be very surprised

Example sentence:

  • Quand on a appris que Monsieur Orange a gagné les élections présidentielles, les gens sont tombés des nues. When we learned Mr. Orange won the presidential election, people were flabbergasted.

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