Arriver Expressions

French expressions with arriver
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The French verb arriver, “to arrive,” is found in many idiomatic expressions, including to get one’s way, to be completely irrelevant, and to get into trouble. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring arriver.

Arriver translations

  • to arrive
  • to be on one’s way
  • to happen
  • to manage to
  • to reach

Arriver expressions

arriver àto reach, get to, attain, arrive at
arriver à + infinitive to manage to / succeed in doing something
arriver à + time to arrive at
arriver à + city or masculine country to arrive in, get to
arriver à bon portto arrive safe and sound
arriver à destinationto reach/arrive at one’s destination
arriver à grands pasto stride/walk quickly up
arriver à ses finsto get one’s way, achieve one’s goals
arriver au portto dock
 (figurative) to reach one’s destination
arriver au pouvoirto come to power
arriver comme mars en carêmeto come/happen as sure as night follows day
arriver comme un cheveu sur la soupeto turn up at a very awkward moment, to be completely irrelevant
arriver comme un chien dans un jeu de quillesto turn up at the worst possible moment, when least wanted/needed
arriver de + city or country to arrive from
arriver des ennuis à quelqu’unto get into trouble
arriver en + feminine country to arrive in, get to
arriver en courantto run up
arriver en gareto arrive at the train station
arriver en voitureto arrive by car
arriver jusqu’àto reach, get as far as, come/go up to
arriver le premierto arrive/come in first
arriver par le trainto arrive by train
Allez, arrive !(informal) Hurry up! Come on!
Les Anglais sont arrivés(familiar) Someone is menstruating
Ça m’arrive.That happens to me at times.
Ce sont des choses qui arrivent.These things happen.
Cela peut arriver à n’importe qui.That could happen to anyone.
Cela ne m’arrivera plus !That will never happen again!
comme il arrive souventas is often the case, as often happens
croire que c’est arrivé(informal) to think one has made it / succeeded
en arriver àto end up, come to
faire arriverto make something/something happen, show up
Il arrive que + subjunctive to sometimes happen
Il est arrivé un accident / un malheur.There’s been an accident / calamity.
Il faudra bien en arriver là.It’ll come to that eventually.
Il m’arrive de + infinitive I sometimes …
J’arrive !I’m coming! I’ll be right back!
Je n’y arrive pasI can’t do it.
J’y arriveI’m coming/getting to that
ne pas arriver à + infinitiveto just not be able to
ne pas arriver à la cheville à quelqu’unto not be able to hold a candle to
Le nouveau est arrivéIt’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day
On arrive !We’re (almost) there!
On en arrive à se demander si…It makes you wonder if…
On n’en est pas encore arrivé là !We haven’t gotten that far yet! It hasn’t come to that yet!
quoi qu’il arrivewhatever happens
se croire arrivéto think one has made it / succeeded
Tu ne sais pas ce qui m’arrive !You’ll never guess what happened to me!
Tu y arrives ?How are you doing?
une arrivéearrival, coming, appearance
 (utilities) inlet, inflow
arrivées(airport) Arrivals
à l’arrivéeat the finish, in the end
les premiers arrivésfirst arrivals

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