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À poil

French expressions analyzed and explained


Expression: à poil

Pronunciation: [a pwal]

Meaning: stark naked, in the buff

Literal translation: in hair

Register: familiar

Notes: The French expression à poil refers to body hair - when you are à poil, you're wearing nothing but your own hair. It's equivalent to the English expression "in one's birthday suit."

   N'ouvre pas la porte - je suis à poil !
   Don't open the door - I'm completely naked!

À poil can be used as an adjective or as a command in numerous expressions:

   être à poil - to be stark naked
   se baigner à poil - to go skinny-dipping
   se mettre à poil - to strip down to one's birthday suit
   un mec / une fille à poil - a naked guy / girl
   À poil ! - Take 'em off!

   nu - naked, nude
   déshabillé - undressed
   en costume d'Adam/d'Ève (old-fashioned) - in one's birthday suit
   en tenue d'Adam/d'Ève - in one's birthday suit

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Attention: the French expression au poil is an informal way to say "great!" or "perfect!"

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