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Discover the French phrase "Couper la poire en deux"

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French to English

  • Translation : To make a compromise

  • Literal meaning : Cut the pear in half

  • Register : Informal - Funny

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / kupe la pwaʁ‿ ɑ̃ dø /

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What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

This expression appeared during the 1880s and is based on the image of a pear that is cut in half equally for a fair share between two people. Why the choice of the pear is still a mystery...

How to use it

Imagine: you are in the middle of a tough negotiation and both sides don't want to give up. You can propose a compromise by saying "Faisons un compromis" (Let's make a compromise) or "Coupons la poire en deux" (Let's cut the pear in half)

Synonyms / Related

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Le compromis

The compromise

Emily et Philippe avaient une relation respectueuse et attentionnée.
Emily and Philippe had a respectful and caring relationship.
Ils essayaient de garder leur relation saine et de beaucoup communiquer.
They were trying to keep their relationship healthy and to communicate a lot.
Si quelque chose les dérangeaient, ils en parlaient.
If something was bothering them, they would talk about it.
Emily a découvert que Philippe jouait aux jeux vidéos pendant des heures tous les soirs.
Emily found out that Philippe was playing video games for hours every night.
Elle n'avait rien contre les jeux vidéos, mais elle savait qu'il était fatigué à cause de cette mauvaise habitude.
She had nothing against video games, but she knew that he was tired because of this bad habit.
Elle a donc décidé d'en parler.
So, she decided to talk about it.


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