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The French phrase "Il fait un froid de canard" explained

Get prepared to learn everything you want to know about the funny idiom "Il fait un froid de canard". To be clear, this includes a full definition of what it is and how to use it in a conversation with an audio example. But that's not all, we also added some useful informations like synonym, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English

  • Translation : It's freezing cold

  • Literal meaning : It's a cold of duck

  • Register : Informal - Funny

How to pronounce?



  • IPA : / il fɛ ɛ̃ fʁwa də kanaʁ /

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What does it mean?


It means "It's freezing cold" but literally means: "It's a cold of duck"

This expression comes from duck hunting, which is practiced mostly during winter. During the hunt, the hunter must remain motionless, on the lookout, and let the cold penetrate him to the bone while waiting for one of his poor victims to get close enough.

How to use

This is an informal expression. Juste like "Ça caille" (It's freezing)

Use instead "Il fait froid" (It's cold) for formal contexts.

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with slow French audio ↓

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Allons skier !

Let's go skiing!

Nicolas et Brigitte adoraient skier.
Nicolas and Brigitte loved skiing.
Ils aimaient plusieurs stations de ski, mais Chamonix était leur préférée.
They enjoyed several ski resorts, but Chamonix was their favorite.
Chamonix était la station des premiers jeux olympiques d'hiver en mille neuf cent vingt-quatre.
Chamonix was the station of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Les infrastructures étaient donc de classe mondiale.
So, it had world-class infrastructures.
Nicolas taquinait souvent Brigitte en lui rappelant l'époque où elle n'aimait pas le ski...
Nicolas Brigitte was often teasing Brigitte by reminding her when she didn't like skiing...
Elle boudait et disait :
She was sulking and saying:
Il fait un froid de canardLiterally: It's a cold of duck
! Je ne veux pas y aller !
It's freezing cold! I don't want to go!


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