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The French idiom "Je suis fauché" explained

Ready to discover all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic idiom "Je suis fauché"? To be more precise, this includes a full explanation of what it is and how to use it in everyday life with an audio example. But wait, we also added useful informations like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : I'm broke

  • Literal meaning : I'm mowed

  • Register : Informal - Basic

Pronunciation guide



  • IPA : / ʒə sɥi foʃe /

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Je suis fauché meaning


The literal meaning is:

This is an informal way to say "I'm broke" in French.

To understand this idiom, try to picture a field of wheat that had been recently mowed: nothing is left except mud and rocks, right? Well, that's the same thing in your wallet when you are broke, nothing is left except papers and gums... it has been completely mowed!

For more ways to say "I am broke" or "I am rich" in French check the "Synonyms" section below.

How to use

Example: a friend asks you: "On part au Canada ?" (Let's go to Canada?) but you are broke, so might say: "Je ne peux pas, je suis fauché" (I can't, I'm mowed).

If you want a more formal way to say it, you can use instead "Je n'ai pas d'argent" → I don't have silver (Money).

Synonyms / Related


Example in a dialogue with audio


Je vais au restaurant, ça te dit ?

I'm going to the restaurant, up for it?

Je ne peux pas, je suis fauché

I can't, I'm broke

Oh mince !

Oh darn!

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