Tenir la chandelle – French expression


Tenir la chandelle – Mot du Jour

Tenir la chandelletenir is to hold and une chandelle is another word for une bougie, a candle. tenir la chandelle – to hold the candle means to be the third wheel, to go out alone with a couple or to feel excluded.

  • « Si tu sors avec eux deux demain, tu vas tenir la chandelle. »
    • ”  If you go out with the two of them tomorrow, you’ll be the third wheel.”

Tenses and modes

présent : je tiens la chandelle, nous tenons la chandelle

passé composé : j’ai tenu la chandelle, nous avons tenu la chandelle (/U/ sound)

futur : je tiendrai la chandelle, nous tiendrons la chandelle


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