Here is a popular French idiom which takes us to the frightening situation of getting ready for war ! 💣
Monter sur ses grands chevaux Meaning in English
He is such a cutie ! It is a pity that this French idiom is not as peaceful as this picture !
What does ‘Monter sur ses grand chevaux‘ means in English ?
Let’s have a look at the picture and guess :
“a man on a high horse” = “sur son grand cheval“, in plural “monter sur ses grands chevaux”
Yes, ‘cheval’ = ‘chevaux’ in plural, it is one of these irregular ones 🧐
he has climbed on to the horse : “monter”
it literally means like ‘ to climb on one’s high horses‘ 🎠
Very well, but what does this mean? Let’s have a look at its origin to fully understand the meaning of this French idiom in English.
Monter sur ses grands chevaux Origin
Monter sur ses grands chevaux is a French idiom which dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, you chose your horse according to the activity you intended to perform.
Among those :
‘Le palefroi’ : the palfrey was used for parades, for travel and as a mount for the ladies
‘Le sommier’ : ‘workhorse’ carried the weapons and the luggage
‘Le destrier’: ‘steed’ was the combat horse, a large breed animal (it was so named because the squire brought it with the right hand to the knight)
When knights fought, they rode on steeds and workhorses, the bigger the horse the better they could observe and dominate the adversary.
So, originally, riding on his high horses was, for a troop of knights, going into battle riding large mounts.
Thus, “monter sur ses grands chevaux” meant the fact of going into battle with enthusiasm, riding the most imposing mounts. 🎠
Monter sur ses grands chevaux Translation in English
This time it is very easy to translate, word for word, it means 😊
Monter sur ses grands chevaux French example
Here are a couple of example to use this French idiom :
Monter sur ses grands chevaux in literature
This is a popular French expression and is widely used in literature :
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