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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