prendre un savon – French expression


prendre un savon – to be yelled at – Mot du Jour

prendre un savon or se prendre un savon – to take (oneself) a soap. In everyday French, (se) prendre un savon by to be yelled at, to be reprimanded. But, you don’t always have to prendre un savon; you can also donner or passer un savon à quelqu’un : to yell at someone – much better position to be at.

  • « Il est de mauvaise humeur car il vient de se prendre un savon par sa prof d’anglais. »
    • “He is in a bad mood because he was just yelled at by his English teacher.”
Similar expressions:

(se) prendre un vent, (se) prendre un râteau, (se) prendre une veste, (se) prendre une pelle

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