Dire Expressions

French expressions with dire
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The French verb dire, “to say” or "to tell," is found in many idiomatic expressions, including getting something off one’s chest, not feeling like doing something, and in other words. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring dire.

Dire translations

  • to say
  • to tell
  • to express
  • to recite
  • to speak

Dire expressions

dire à quelqu’un son faitto tell someone off
dire à ses quatre vérités to be blunt, give someone a piece of your mind
dire ce qu’on a sur le cœurto get something off one’s chest
dire ce qu’on pense to speak someone’s mind, say what one thinks
dire des bêtisesto talk nonsense
dire des sottisesto talk nonsense
dire queto say, think that
dire que non to say no
dire qui oui to say yes
dire son fait à quelqu’unto tell someone off
dire toujours amento be a yes-man
   
à ce qu’il ditaccording to him
à qui le dis-tu ?you’re telling me!
à vrai direto tell you the truth
Aussitôt dit, aussitôt faitNo sooner said than done
autrement ditin other words
Avez-vous quelque chose à dire ? Do you have anything to say?
Ça ne me dit pas grand-chose.I don’t think much of that.
Ça ne me dit rien.That does nothing for me, I don’t feel like doing that.
That means nothing to me, I don’t remember that.
Ça me dit quelque chose.That rings a bell.
Ça te dit ?Do you feel like doing that? Does that sound good to you?
Ceci ditThat said, Having said that
Cela ditThat said, Having said that
Cela va sans dire.It goes without saying.
c’est-à-direthat is, i.e., I mean
C’est à vous de dire.(card game) Your call.
C’est beaucoup dire.That’s saying a lot.
C’est moi qui te le dis.Take my word for it.
C’est pas pour dire, mais …(infrmal) I don’t mean to brag, but …; I don’t mean to complain, but …
C’est peu dire.That’s an understatement.
C’est plus facile à dire qu’à faire. Easier said than done.
C’est toi qui le dis.That’s what you say.
Comment dirais-je ?How shall I put it? What can I say?
Comment dit-on ___ ? How do you say __?
Comment dit-on ça en anglais ? How do you say that in English?
comme disent les spécialistes as the experts say
comme on ditso to speak, as they say
d’après ce qu’il ditaccording to him
Dis donc(informal)Wow, hey, listen
Dites doncWow, hey, listen
entendre dire queto hear (it said) that
entre nous soit dit just between you and me
Est-ce à dire que … ?Does this mean that…?
il n’y a pas à direthere’s no doubt about it
Je ne dis pas non.I won’t say no.
Je ne fais que dire tout haut ce que tout le monde pense tout bas.  I’m only saying aloud what everyone else is thinking.
Je ne savais plus quoi dire. I was at a loss for words.
Je ne te dis que ça !(informal) That’s all I’m saying!
Je ne te le fais pas dire !I’m not putting words in your mouth!
Je suis sûr, je te dis !(informal) I’m telling you I’m certain (of it)!
Je te l’avais dit.I told you so.
Mon petit doigt m’a ditA little birdie told me
ne pas se le faire dire deux foisnot to have to be told twice
on dirait que…you’d think that
on dit que … rumor has it that …
on ne peut pas direthere’s no doubt about it
ou pour mieux direto put it another way, in other words
pour ainsi direso to speak
pour tout direin fact
Que dites-vous ?I beg your pardon? What did you say?
quelque chose me dit que … something tells me that …
rien ne dit que … there’s nothing to say that …
savoir ce qu’on dit to know what one is talking about
soit dit en passant by the way, incidentally
soit dit entre nous just between you and me
Tu as beau dire, je ne te crois pas.No matter what you say, I don’t believe you.
vouloir direto mean
   
se direto say to oneself
to think
to claim to be
to be said
Cela ne se dit pas.(passive reflexive) That (just) isn’t said.
Cela te dit de (sortir, manger)?How does (going out, eating) grab you? What do you think of (going out, eating)?
On se dirait en France.You’d think you were in France.

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