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Faire du lard

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Expression: Faire du lard

Pronunciation: [fehr du lar]

Meaning: to sit around doing nothing, twiddle one's thumbs

Literal translation: to make bacon

Register: familiar

Notes: Lard can refer to either bacon or pig fat, so another way to translate the French expression faire du lard literally is "to make fat" - as you sit around doing nothing, you're getting fat. Ick!

Note that it can also be pronominal: se faire du lard.

   Je ne travaille pas aujourd'hui, donc je vais faire du lard.
   I don't have to work today, so I'm going to sit around and do nothing.

Synonymous expression and gesture: se tourner les pouces

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