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The French phrase "Arrête de faire l'andouille" revealed

We are going to explain you all the things you want to know about the funny expression "Arrête de faire l'andouille". It includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. But wait, we also added useful things like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Stop acting stupidly

  • Literal meaning : Stop acting like a sausage

  • Register : Informal - Funny

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / aʁɛt də fɛʁ lɑ̃duj /

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What does it mean?


It's a common and soft way to say to someone that he/she is acting stupid. The exact origin of this expression is unknown.

How to use it

If someone around you is "acting like a sausage" a.k.a. acting stupid, you can say "Arrête de faire l'andouille".

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 slow audio ↓

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

Un monologue embarrassant

An embarrassing monologue

Après une journée à la plage, Nicolas retourne à l'appartement.
After a day at the beach, Nicolas goes back to the apartment.
Il entre et entend du bruit dans le salon...
He enters and hears some noise in the living room...
BrigitteAllez !
Arrête de faire l'andouilleLiterally: Stop acting like a sausage
Come on! Stop acting stupidly!
Nicolas entre dans le salon et découvre Brigitte assise dans le canapé, la télé était allumée...
Nicolas enters in the room and finds Brigitte sitting on the couch, the TV was on...
Il est perplexe...
He is confused...
NicolasTu parles à quelqu'un ?
Are you talking to someone?
Brigitte est surprise d'entendre son frère.
Brigitte is surprised to hear his brother.


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