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Sunday, March 24, 2013

il tombe des hallebardes

Actual meaning: it’s raining cats and dogs
Literal meaning: it’s raining halberds (halberds are sharp battle axes)

Je ne veux pas sortir. Il tombe des hallebardes!
I don’t want to go out. It’s raining cats and dogs!

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