Lever le masque

Revealing French Expression

Lever le masque
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Meaning to unmask; to reveal one’s true colors, tell the truth
Literally to lift the mask
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Pronunciation French sound files [leu vay leu mahsk]
IPA   [lə ve lə mask]

Usage notes: The French expression lever le masque (and its many variations*) is used figuratively, to refer to the dropping of a persona or secret identity that a person "wears" to hide their true self or bad intentions.

Par exemple …

Il a enfin levĂ© le masque.   He finally revealed his true colors.
Appelle-moi quand tu seras prĂȘt de lever le masque.   Call me when you’re ready to unmask yourself (to let me see who you really are).

 When talking about physically removing a literal mask, such as after a costume party, enlever is used instead.

Par exemple …

J’ai hĂąte de enlever mon masque.   I can’t wait to take off my mask.
EnlĂšve ton masque, je veux te donner un bisou.   Take off your mask, I want to give you a kiss.

* Variations

Many different verbs can be used in place of lever (click for conjugations):

 You can also replace the definite article le with the indefinite article un or a possessive adjective, depending on whether you want to say the, a, or my / your / his ….

Synonyms and related expressions

  • Bas les masques ! – Down with masks!
  • dĂ©masquer – to unmask someone
  • se dĂ©masquer – to unmask oneself
  • ĂȘtre dĂ©masquĂ© – to be unmasked
  • les masques tombent – the masks come off

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