Tomber dans les pommes

Informal French Expression

Tomber dans les pommes
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!
Meaningto faint, to pass out
Literallyto fall in the apples
PronunciationFrench sound files [to(n) bay da(n) lay puhm]
IPA  [tɔ̃ be dã le pɔm]

Usage notes: The informal French expression tomber dans les pommes means "to faint, pass out."

Par exemple…

Quand j’ai vu le sang, je suis tombĂ© dans les pommes. When I saw the blood, I fainted.
Il ne faut pas travailler pendant toute la nuit, tu vas finir par tomber dans les pommes.  You shouldn’t work all night, you’re going to end up passing out.

Variation: partir dans les pommes – literally, "to leave in(to) the apples"


  • dĂ©faillir – to faint
  • s’Ă©vanouir – to faint
  • perdre connaissance – to lose consciousness
  • tomber en faiblesse – "to fall into weakness"
  • tomber dans les vapes (familiar) – to faint, pass out
    au Québec
  • faire de la toile – "to do some canvas"
  • faire l’Ă©toile (de mer) – "to do the starfish"
    dated – "to swoon"
  • se pâmer
  • tomber en pâmoison

Related expressions

  • ĂŞtre dans les pommes – "to be out cold, unconscious"
  • rester dans les pommes – “to (continue to) be out cold, to remain unconscious"

 Related lessons

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Il est tombé dans le pommes

  Lawless French Files:  

Stay up to date with Lawless French

Questions about French?

 Ask me in the comments section below or visit the Progress with Lawless French Q+A forum to get help from native French speakers and fellow learners.

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.

Leave a Reply