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Everything about the French idiom "Laisse tomber"

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French to English

  • Translation : Never mind

  • Literal meaning : Drop it

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / lɛs tɔ̃be /

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Laisse tomber meaning


"Laisse tomber" is a very common interjection that literally means "Drop it". We use it when we want to express that something was not really important, and that it's better to forget about it.

It's very similar to "Never mind" in English and the metaphor of "dropping it" is a way to say "drop it out of your brain so you will stop thinking about it".

How to use it

We typically use it right after something that we regret saying, or because we made a mistake. Few examples:

Do not confuse the standalone use of "Laisse tomber" as an interjection with its usage in a sentence: "Laisser tomber quelqu'un" because in this case it means "To let someone down".

For example: "Il m'a laissé tomber" (He let me down)

Fun facts

A typical teenager cliché example: "Laisse tomber. Tu ne me comprends jamais de toute façon" which means "Never mind. You never understand me anyway."


Example in a dialogue


Fais-moi un câlin

Give me a hug

N'y pense même pas !

Don't even think about it!

Ok, laisse tomber...

Ok, never mind...

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