La vache !

La vache !
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Familiar French Expression

Meaning holy cow! damn! wow! blimey!
Literally the cow!
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Pronunciation [lah vahsh]
IPA   [la vaʃ]

Usage notes: La vache ! This familiar French exclamation is an inoffensive, ubiquitous way of expressing surprise, whether good, bad, or neutral.

Par exemple…

La vache, c’est bon !   Wow, that’s good!
La vache ! Tu m’as fait peur !   Holy cow! You startled me!
J’ai oublié mon portefeuille, la vache !   I forgot my wallet, damn!

Variations

  • ah la vache !
  • oh la vache !

Synonyms

Partial synonyms

Good   ouah, chouette, super, more
Bad   oh là là
sacrebleu
(archaic)
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