ne pas casser trois pattes à un canard

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to not break three legs of a duck; because a duck usually has two legs, it would be quite out of the ordinary to break the third leg. Another explanation is derives from the similar sounding cagnard (crooked horse), meant to be a horse rider; only a daring rider would risk pushing his horse to the point where it breaks one or more legs.

Verb[edit]

ne pas casser trois pattes à un canard

  1. to be mediocre; to be nothing out of the ordinary; to be nothing special.