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French Expressions with Un Tour

Idiomatic French expressions

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The French word tour has different meanings depending on whether it's masculine or feminine, and both words are found in idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say acrobatics, to play a trick on someone, Bob's your uncle, and more with this list of expressions with un tour.

Possible meanings of un tour
  • tour
  • trip
  • outing
  • contour, outline
  • feat, stunt, trick
  • hatch
  • lathe
  • measurement, girth
  • (game) turn
  • (situation or conversation) turn, twist
  • (wheel) rotation, revolution, turn

Expressions with un tour

un tour d'adresse
skillful feat/trick

les tours d'agilité
acrobatics

un tour de cartes
card trick

un tour de chauffe
warm-up lap, practice run

un tour pendable
dirty trick

un tour de chant
song recital

un tour de cochon (informal)
dirty/mean trick

un tour de cou
choker, collar neck measurement

un tour de force
feat of strength amazing feat

le Tour de France
tour de France (cycling competition)

le tour de garde
tour of duty

le tour d'honneur (sports)
lap of honor

le tour d'horizon
review, survey (of a situation)

un tour de lit
valance

le tour de main
dexterity

un tour de passe-passe
conjouring trick

un tour de passe-passe financier
financial sleight-of-hand

un tour de phrase
turn of phrase

un tour de piste
lap

un tour de reins
strained back

un tour de salaud (familiar)
nasty trick

un tour de scrutin
ballot

un tour de table
group discussion
(finance) capital structure

le tour de ville
city tour

un tour de vis
turn of a screw

un tour de vis fiscal
tax squeeze

un tour de vis militaire/politique
military/political crackdown


le premier/second tour (politics, sports)
the first/second round

un quart de tour
quarter turn

un régime de ___ tours (minute) (motor, engine)
___ RPM (revolutions per minute)

un sale tour
dirty/mean trick

tour à tour
in turn, by turns, alternately

un 33 tours
 (record, album) LP

un 45 tours
 (record, album) single

un 78 tours
 (record, album) 78


acquérir un tour de main
to pick up a knack

attendre son tour
to wait one's turn

avoir plus d'un tour dans son sac
to have more than one trick up one's sleeve

avoir un tour de main
to have a knack

faire demi-tour (figurative)
to make a U-turn, do an about-face

faire le tour de
(place) to go around, look around, explore
(idea, possibility) to explore
(problem) to consider all angles

faire le tour du cadran
to go around the clock

faire un demi-tour
to do a U-turn, an about-turn

faire un tour de chevaux de bois
to ride a merry-go-round

faire chacun à son tour
to each do (something) in turn, to take turns

faire un tour d'Europe, de France
to tour Europe, France

faire le tour des invités
to do the rounds of the guests

faire un tour de manège
to ride a merry-go-round

faire le tour du monde
to go around the world

faire un tour à pied
to go for a walk

faire un tour à quelqu'un
to play a trick on someone

faire des tours et des détours
to meander, wind in and out, twist and turn

fermer une porte à double tour
to double-lock a door

jouer un tour à quelqu'un
to play a trick on someone

parler à son tour
to speak in turn

parler chacun à son tour
to each speak in turn

passer son tour
to miss one's turn

perdre son tour
to lose one's turn

prendre son tour
to take one's turn


À qui le tour ?
Whose turn is it?

à tour de bras
with all one's strength/might

à tour de rôle
in turn, alternately

À ton / votre tour (de jouer)
It's your turn

C'est reparti pour un tour ! (informal)
Here we go again!

C'est un tour à prendre.
It's just a knack you pick up.

C'est ton / votre tour
It's your turn

Chacun son tour !
Wait your turn!

en un tour de main
- in no time at all
- prolifically
- with a vengeance

Et le tour est joué !
And there you have it! And Bob's your uncle!

Je lui réserve un tour à ma façon !
I'll get him back in my own way!

On en a vite fait le tour
(place) There's not much to see.
(book, idea) There's not much to it.
(person) There's not much to him/her.

Si on faisait le tour ?
Shall we walk around it?

Votre tour viendra.
Your turn will come.


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