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Se faire - French Expressions with Se faire

Idiomatic French expressions


The French verb se faire literally means "to become" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to earn money, make friends, worry, and more with this list of expressions with se faire.

se faire + attribute
to become

se faire + infinitive
to have something done to / for oneself

se faire + noun
to make something for oneself

se faire 10 000 euros
to earn 10,000 euros

se faire à quelque chose ose
to get used to something

se faire des amis
to make friends

se faire des idées, des illusions
to be fooling oneself

se faire du mauvais sang
to worry

se faire du souci / des soucis
to worry

se faire fort de + infinitive
to be confident, claim that one can do something

se faire mal
to hurt oneself

se faire passer pour
to pass oneself off as

se faire tout(e) petit(e)
to try not to be noticed, make inconspicuous

se faire une idée
to get some idea

se faire une montagne de quelque chose
to exaggerate the importance of something

se faire une raison
to resign oneself to something

s'en faire
to worry

Cela / Ça ne se fait pas
That isn't done, one doesn't do that

Cela / Ça ne se fera pas
That won't happen

Comment se fait-il que + subjunctive
How is it that... / How does it happen that...

Il s'est fait tout seul
He's a self-made man

Je m'en fais. (familiar)
I'm worried.

Je ne te le fais pas dire !
I'm not putting words in your mouth!

ne pas se le faire dire deux fois
not to have to be told twice

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