From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions





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Literally: Have the stone slab

Best equivalent: Be famished


A dalle in French is a stone slab, but until the 16th century, it meant gutter or trough.

In slang, dalle also designated the throat.

By extension, “avoir la dalle” means to be very hungry.

Another common French expression, also using the noun dalle is “se rincer la dalle.” Rincer means to rinse. By extension, “se rincer la dalle” means to drink.


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