What does this curious French expression mean ? Here is one popular French expression that one can uses everyday : jeter un coup d’oeil ! 👁
Jeter un coup d’oeil meaning
This is one French expression which is very easy to use in everyday conversation. Now what do you think is the signification of this popular French expression in English: let’s have a look at the picture :
Some owl looking with one eye only 🦉
She is glancing !
Three French words :
“jeter” = to throw
“un coup” = a blow
“d’oeil” = eye ?!?
It literally means “to throw a blow of eye” ?!?
To understand this popular French idiom, let’s have a look at its origin
Jeter un coup d’oeil Origin
There is no known origin for this expression. 😕
We can notice that this expression is also used as a shorter version
The verb ‘jeter’ which means to throw associated with the word ‘coup’ which means a blow gives the indications that this is a brief action. Thus ‘jeter un coup d’oeil’ means to do something quickly. In this French idiom, ‘l’oeil’ is the ‘eye’ so it means to have a quick look !
Jeter un coup d’oeil Translation in English
I think that ‘jeter un oeil’ could be translated as
Jeter un coup d’oeil French examples
Here are some examples of this French expression : jeter un coup d’oeil
Jeter un coup d’oeil French synonyms
Here are a few synonyms in French of this popular French expression :
VoirSynonyms of ‘jeter un coup d’oeil’
Jeter un coup d’oeil Quote
Here is a quote in a French book :
Jeter un coup d’oeil ‘à’ or ‘sur’
Both prepositions ‘à’ or ‘sur’ can be used after ‘jeter un coup d’oeil’, for example :
Je jette un coup d’oeil à la fenêtre. I am looking at the window.
Je jette un coup d’oeil sur le bébé. I am having a look at the baby.
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