Chercher Expressions

French expressions with chercher
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The French verb chercher, “to look for,” is found in many essential and idiomatic expressions, including to be spoiling for a fight, complicate an issue, and fumble for something. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring chercher.

Chercher translations

  • to look for
  • to search for
  • to seek

 Remember that chercher is never followed by the preposition "pour."

Expressions with chercher

chercher à comprendre to try to understand
chercher à faire to attempt to do
chercher une aiguille dans une botte/meule de foin to look for a needle in a haystack
chercher la bagarre to be spoiling for a fight
chercher des crosses à quelqu’un(informal) to try to pick a fight with someone
chercher le danger to court danger
chercher des histoires à quelqu’un to try to make trouble for someone
chercher des poux dans la tête(informal) to search for any reason to argue, to quibble
chercher midi à quatorze heures to complicate the issue
chercher noise à quelqu’un to pick a fight
chercher partout quelqu’un/quelque chose to look everywhere for someone/something
chercher la petite bête to split hairs
chercher quelque chose à tâtons to fumble for something
chercher quelqu’un des yeux to look for someone
chercher quelqu’un du regard to look for someone
chercher querelle à quelqu’un to pick a fight
chercher sa voie to search for one’s path in life
chercher ses mots to look for words
chercher son salut dans la fuite to seek refuge in flight
cherchez la femme same problem as always
aller chercher to fetch, to go and get, to pick up
venir chercher quelqu’un to come get / pick someone up
Attends, je cherche Hang on, I’m thinking
Tu l’auras cherché ! You’ve been asking for it!
se chercher to search for an identity
un chercheur, une chercheuse seeker, scientific researcher
un chercheur / une chercheuse d’aventure(s) adventure seeker
un chercheur / une chercheuse de trésor treasure hunter
un chercheur / une chercheuse d’or gold digger

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