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Everything about the French expression "Arrête ton char"

Get ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the funny expression "Arrête ton char !". It includes a complete guide of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example. Plus, we also added some useful things like synonyms, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Give it a rest

  • Literal meaning : Stop your chariot!

  • Register : Informal - Funny

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / aʁɛt tɔ̃ ʃaʁ /

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What does it mean exactly?


The “chariot” is an image for the nonsense that someone is saying. And since we want to make it stop, we say “Stop your chariot” just like we would say “Stop your nonsense”.

How to use it

If someone around you is saying nonsense you can say "Arrête ton char !".

This is familiar and, depending on the situation, it might get perceived as "kidding" but also criticism.

If you say it to tease a close friend about something, he/she will probably laugh about it. But if you say it to someone you barely know and with an aggressive tone, people won't react the same way, so be careful when you use this one.

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with English translation ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Une vieille rancune

An old grudge

JacquesAlice, J'ai quelque chose à te demander. Tu as une minute ?
Alice, I have something to ask you. Do you have a minute?
AliceOui, bien sûr.
Yes, of course.
JacquesÇa fait maintenant six mois que je suis en couple avec Rachel.
I've been in a relationship with Rachel for six months now.
AliceWow, le temps passe si vite !
Wow, time flies so fast!
JacquesOui... et je veux lui faire un cadeau.
Yes... and I want to give her a present.
AliceHum, voyons... six mois...
Hmm, let's see... six months...
JacquesOuais, tu as des idées ?
Yeah, do you have any ideas?
AliceC'est drôle, ça ne te ressemble pas de faire un cadeau après seulement six mois.
Funny, it doesn't look like you to offer a present after only six months.


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