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All about the French expression "On marche sur la tête"

Are you ready to learn everything you want to know about the basic French idiom "On marche sur la tête !"? It includes a full definition of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Plus, we also added some useful things like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, literal meaning and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : It's nonsense!

  • Literal meaning : We walk on the head

  • Register : Informal - Basic




  • IPA : / ɔ̃ maʁʃə syʁ la tɛt ! /

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What does it mean exactly?


You will probably agree that walking on your feet and thinking with your head is a very basic human feature, right?

Then doing the exact opposite would be a huge nonsense, an illogical behavior, right?

That's precisely why, when someone is acting illogically or more generally when some things are nonsense, we have the expression: "Marcher sur la tête".

It means " It's as logical as walking on the head". Ouch.

How to use it

People tend to use it when they are furious toward someone or something.

In the first case, if someone acts illogically, and this is pissing you off: "Mais tu marches sur la tête ou quoi ?!" (But are you walking on your head or what?!)

For the second scenario, let's imagine you are pissed by a nonsense situation and you want to highlight how crazy this is. For example, your friend asks for your opinion about the world's ecological situation, then you might say: "On marche sur la tête".

Here, "On" (It) refers to "People / The world / Humanity" more globally, without targeting one precise person. The situation as a whole is as logical as walking on the head.

↓ Example in a story with translation ↓

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

Les signes du zodiaque

Zodiac Signs

KarineAlors, comment c'était ce repas avec ta soeur ?
So, how was that meal with your sister?
RémiBien, mais elle ne veut toujours pas quitter son copain.
Fine, but she still doesn't want to leave her boyfriend.
KarineLaisse-la décider elle-même.
Let her decide for herself.
RémiMais je ne veux pas qu'elle le regrette des années après.
But I don't want her to regret it years later.
KarineJe comprends...
I understand...
RémiElle n'écoute rien... Elle est tellement têtue !
She doesn't listen to anything... She's so stubborn!
KarineC'est parce qu'elle est taureau.
It's because she's taurus
RémiOh non, ne recommence pas avec l'astrologie !
Oh no, don't start again with astrology!
KarinePourquoi ? L'astrologie fonctionne toujours !
Why? Astrology always works!


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