Get prepared to discover all the things you want to know about the basic French expression “Tirer des plans sur la comète”.
It includes a detailed explanation of what it mean and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example. As well as the cool stuff we sprinkled like slow pronunciation audio, synonyms, dialogue example and more!
Comets passing close to earth are very rare and particularly brief events. Contrary to building projects, which requires a lot of time, patience and dedication.
This expression is based on this paradox. How would you jump on a comet, start making plans, and come back to earth in a few seconds?
You can’t, that’s why “Tirer des plans sur la comète” (Drawing plans on the comet) means “To make unrealistic plans“.
Someone is talking to you about his revolutionary plan on how to become a billionaire in 45 minutes while sleeping. You can say: “Wow! That sounds awesome, I want to try!“.
Or, you can say “Je crois que tu tires des plans sur la comète…” (I think you are drawing plans on the comet…).
You will find more variations with other pronouns in the next paragraph.