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“Oh la vache !” is a familiar expression which means “Oh my god!” or “Oh damn!” in French. It literally means “Wow the cow!“
It’s similar to the English expression “Holy cow!“
Use it when you are very shocked/surprised by something. It can be about something positive or negative.
For example, if a friend just won the lottery, you can say to him: “Oh la vache ! Tu es super chanceux !” (Oh damn! You’re super lucky!) in a positive way.
But another example: you just broke your arm, then you can say: “Oh la vache ça fait mal !” (Oh my god that hurts!) in a negative way.