C’est le pied !

C'est le pied
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Familiar French Expression

Meaning it’s great, terrific
Literally it’s the foot
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Pronunciation French sound files [say leu pyay]
IPA   [se lə pjɛ]

Usage notes: In old French slang, le pied referred to one’s share or due. It’s this meaning of pied, rather than "foot," that the familiar French idiom c’est le pied references.

Par exemple…

J’adore cette photo, c’est le pied !   I love this picture, it’s great!
Ce serait le pied si je réussissais cet examen.   It would be terrific if I passed this test.


Related expression: prendre son pied – to get one’s kicks, enjoy doing (particularly in reference to sex)

In the negative, ce n’est pas le pied* means "it’s not much fun, it’s no picnic, not that great."

Par exemple…

Cette classe, ce n’est pas le pied.   This class isn’t much fun.
Se divorcer, ce n’est pas le pied.   Getting divorced is no picnic.

Synonym: ce n’est pas terrible

Related expression: casser les pieds

* Even more familiarly, ne is droppped: c’est pas le piedlearn more.

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