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Monday, October 7, 2013

fauché comme les blés

dead broke
(literal translation: cut down like the wheat)

Après la fête, nous serons fauchés comme les blés.
After the holiday, we’ll be dead broke.

You can also say, more simply, Je suis fauché (I’m broke).

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