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All about the French idiom "Arrête ton cirque"

Get ready to learn all the things you have to know about the funny idiom "Arrête ton cirque !". Including a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example.In addition, we also added super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, synonym, dialogue example and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : Give it a rest!

  • Literal meaning : Stop your circus!

  • Register : Informal - Funny

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / aʁɛt tɔ̃ siʁk ! /

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Arrête ton cirque meaning


What represents the entertainment world more than a circus? Therefore: "Arrête ton cirque !" (Stop your circus!) means "Stop acting like a clown!" a.k.a. "Give it a rest!".

How to use

If someone around you is "acting like a clown" and trying way too much to be funny, you can say "Arrête ton cirque !".

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.


↓ Example in a story with French audio ↓

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

Dans l'appartement

In the apartment

LéaVoici mon appartement ! Entre !
There is apartment! Come in!
ClaudeWow, c'est joli ! Et tu as un chien ?
Wow, that's pretty! And you have a dog?
LéaOui, il s'appelle Hunter.
Yes, his name is Hunter.
ClaudeIl est très mignon !
He's very cute!
LéaJe pense qu'il t'aime bien !
I think he likes you!
ClaudeOui je pense aussi !
Yes I think so too!
LéaJ'ai faim, on commence à cuisiner ?
I'm hungry, let's start cooking?
ClaudeOui, mais d'abord je vais me laver les mains. Où est la salle de bain ?
Yes, but first I'll wash my hands. Where is the bathroom?
LéaLa première à doite dans le couloir.
First right in the hallway.


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